I have just returned from browsing in Tesco where I noticed that the cost of the replacemnent ink cartridges for my now 2 year old Lexmark 3-in-one were £12.97 each for colour and black. (The fact that this may not be the best price available is not my point) On the end of the aisle is a large display of Lexmark 3-in-one printers,probably not the latest spec but certainly newer than my model - and the price - £24.99. So it is cheaper for me to throw away a perfectly usable printer and buy a new one rather than replace the two cartridges. Without getting involved in any discussions on loss leaders and recouping the cost over subsequent cartridge purchases etc.etc. the point that I would make is that in a world when we are supposed to be going green ,watching our carbon footprint and saving the planet how can such a profligate waste of resources be justified.
I`m pretty certain that cartridges included with some new printers are less than full. Friend of mine had a new Epson in November and two weeks later the colour cart ran out and had to be replaced. He`s still using the replacement set and he claims he hasn`t varied his printing habits.
Try looking for replacement cartridges at somewhere like Choice Stationery. I get my Epson Stylus Color 740 compatibles from them and they work out at about £3.50 each. If you're not bothered about super-duper printing quality like me then they're perfectly adequate.
I fully appreciate that the cartridges which are supplied with a printer are only moderate yield but the cartridge prices which I quoted were for moderate yield as well. The Tesco own brand but high yield cartridges are something like £18.00 each.
You are quite correct Stuartli in saying that this situation has been in existence for a number of years but now we are all coming under pressure to abandon that throwaway culture that has been the status quo.
I've had a look at the Choice Stationary cartridges and their prices are £12.25 for myLexmark but that will be for the high yield rather than the moderate yield so there is a significant saving. Thanks for the lead.