Are Printer Companies Gouging Us On Laser Toner Pricing?
Posted 25 September 2012 - 03:34 AM
Posted 25 September 2012 - 07:55 AM
I don't think the toner or the drums are overpriced, sorry. And, it makes sense that toner prices WOULD rise, what with all the environmental regulation, and the shift to paperless. Toner, like most other things, is cheaper if you sell a lot of it. You have a fixed cost for the equipment to make the toner, and a certain amount of maintenance of that fixed equipment. So if you're not generating enough toner out the door each month, your unit costs rise. That, even before considering a) the rise in delivery costs which have been sharp over the past several years; B) inflation.
No complaints, here.
This post has been edited by brainout: 25 September 2012 - 07:56 AM
Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:09 AM
Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:37 AM
This is perhaps the most confused bit of quasi-political polemic I have ever read. If supply and demand is a myth, then we need a whole new science of economics. Isn't Obama the socialist who's destroying our economy by over-regulating everything? If airlines are such greedy gougers, why are most of them bankrupt? Why is the government powerless to stop whatever it is that's going on? (Now, if you had said the government fails to use its power because politicians are corrupted by money, I'd agree with you.)
My head is spinning.
Posted 25 September 2012 - 01:42 PM
Posted 25 September 2012 - 04:22 PM
Posted 26 September 2012 - 12:17 AM
No kidding on the head spinning part. Everything you wrote is well said, sir.
As far as the toner pricing goes, big shock, huh. You always knew they had you by the you-know-what once you bought into their platform.
If you want an area where the precious government might actually be able to do some good, here's what I would do. I would make all the companies offering laser printers come together and decide on a standard toner cartridge design and toner formulation and then devote a line of their products to using this standard. It would of course be an open standard so anybody who was certified by the standard board could use the design and manufacture cartridges separately.
The printer manufacturers could of course choose to differentiate their other product lines using their own proprietary system (e.g. offer special features, optimize performance, etc.), but then at least they would all have to compete against the standard they created (and are likewise profiting from). Any collusion by these companies to collectively cripple all the standardized models to make their own respective proprietary lines look better would result in a huge fine, of course.
Posted 26 September 2012 - 08:06 AM
Posted 27 September 2012 - 07:12 AM
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