I just had an interesting revelation; and I thought other contributors might like to hear about it.
Over the last while I've been pouring over the colour laser printer market, trying to weed out of the bunch the one best suited to replacing my ageing (read: "slooooow") colour laser. Then I had a thought. I really don't do that much colour printing, so perhaps I should just keep the old printer— which and despite its crawl really does produce fair images (for a laser)—and buy a good mono laser instead. I'd get a lot more speed for my money.
In the process, (I really do go deep into the selection process), I did a lot of comparison over such things as cost--per-page, which, for a colour laser (doing black and white) is surprisingly low. Figures such as 1.9 pence per page are not unusual.
Understand my wonderment, however, at and when I started the same investigation process all over again, but for a mono model, I found—right from the start—that the cost per page suddenly doubled——and trebled!
B&W (a lot!) more expensive in a B&W printer than the same from a colour one?
Who said anything about 0.02p? (Who would?) I'm talking about "4.89*"/1.97--which I believe comes within the range of an "understandable" concern. It's nice, that some of you have attained such a level of profit that a 250% differential is "hardly worth bothering about." Not all of us, however, have the pleasure.
Thinking in terms of "per page" is indeed a small concern, but just as whole deserts are made of grains of sand, the real issue is philosophical (or, as a marketing manager would call it, "strategic.") Strategic, indeed, such anomalies manifesting themselves, eventually, in a broad lost of trust; ultimately and when multiplied out of hand that's what causes revolutions. (The real kind.)
Oh, never mind. The answer is obviously "apathy."
For my part, consider the thread closed.
(*in several quoted cases, over a range and from a leading manufacturer.)