Do you believe that cos like Hewlett Packard trick consumers into buying ink re

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  1. brakel2 profile image77
    brakel2posted 11 years ago

    Do you believe that cos like Hewlett Packard  trick consumers into buying ink refills unnecessarily?

    A study indicated deception at one time in the past.

  2. JayeWisdom profile image88
    JayeWisdomposted 11 years ago

    The last printer I bought was a Hewlett Packard 3-in-1, but--believe me--I'll NEVER buy any product by that company again! This printer will not recognize any ink cartridge except one of their own brand. The printer will not work with another brand, so I can't use refilled or remanufactured cartridges, which would be much more economical.

    In addition, there's a chart that comes onscreen supposedly showing how much ink is left in both the black ink cartridge and the color one, with a message popping up when the ink is (also, supposedly) empty. I've learned to disregard that message because there's always more ink available after the message.

    Did I mention I HATE HEWLETT PACKARD??? That's a strong statement, I know, but I dislike deception and trickery by a company for the purpose of bilking money from consumers. I not only won't buy any of their products ever again, I tell everyone I know who is thinking of buying a computer or printer, "Steer clear of Hewlitt Packard! Their products are poor, their supplies are too expensive and service is non-existent!"

    (Is that more than you wanted to know?  Little did you realize you were about to turn me loose on a rant!)

  3. SmartAndFun profile image96
    SmartAndFunposted 11 years ago

    All I know is, when my old printer (I just got a new one) gave me the "empty" message, I would open it up, reinstall the SAME supposedly empty cartridges as if they were new ones, and my printer would charge up and start printing again. I guess those cartridges weren't empty after all. For the record, it was not HP, it was Epson.

    I also think these companies charge way too much for the ink, and practically give away the printers just so they can sucker you into costly repeated ink cartridge purchases. The new printer I bought only cost $30; to buy the ink is $40.

  4. vasoov profile image61
    vasoovposted 11 years ago

    At one point in time I managed a pool of 500 printers, many of those being from HP. Personally, I would recommend HP, as they are one of the most sturdy printers. You also have a choice of either buying original HP ink, or getting the cartridges refilled by a third party; although I would not recommend this. You never know about the quality of ink used by a third party.

  5. JanHeath profile image62
    JanHeathposted 10 years ago

    I personally know at least three people who buy new printers when the ink cartridges run out because this is the cheaper option and they refuse to pay the price for the refills.  It's not an environmentally friendly choice however the printer companies can apparently produce a printer with greater efficiency than they can produce a cartridge for their own equipment...

  6. profile image50
    henrydixonposted 10 years ago

    Yes, This is right. Many peoples changes their ink cartridge rather than the ink in Hp printer because refiling the cartridge is much more in prices rather than change the new cartridge. But if you are using the needham-ink for it you have never change the cartridge for your ink.


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