that the cost of some manufacturers' original cartridges can be anything else than an attempt to make as much money as possible, so they can recoup printer development costs.
Having said that, I'm not sure how much money goes into printing technology now - inkjet printing can't have that much further to go in terms of innovation.
Another aspect of all this interests me, and I wonder if I'm alone.....
I've noticed that over the last couple of years my office has done far less printing. Whereas in the past I might have sent hard-copy files to clients via courier I find that we're now sending most of our stuff via email as PDF files. Our printing consumables purchasing has reduced enormously as a consequence, and I wonder if other people have noticed the same thing?
It certainly seems to me that we don't get nearly as many printer-related problems in the Helproom as a we did five years ago, but maybe that's because printers are just better than they were then.