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Friday, May 29, 2009

Consumers look out for your money because no one else will!

Are you wasting good money because of FUD?
Major printer manufacturers have long used the Theory of FEAR-UNCERTAINTY-and DOUBT.
(F-U-D) to convince consumers that any cartridge, ink, ribbon or toner will harm the printer if the consumable is not their brand.


Millions of consumers have already come to realize that white lie and have switched to using alternative products that usually save on average 20%-50% of the cost for branded merchandise. Today remanufactured and compatible products account for about 20% of the market share. In my opinion it should be 60% -70% of the printer consumable market, which would amount to billions saved by consumers.

Of course, if you are printing for some commercial purpose and the color match must be exact or you want that absolute perfect photo color then certainly use the brand name patent inks and toners.

However, like many of us (about 96%) that print to read something and shortly thereafter toss it. Then that document or picture may not require exactness of color tone or blackness. I for one print in “draft mode” to save on ink consumption and regular text mode if I’m sending the document to someone else. Those options are available of every printer and are easy to switch back and forth.

Why would you want to see your hard earn money end up in the trash?

Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, Brother and other brand manufacturers have all raise their prices on products since the beginning of the year. They want to keep their bottom line healthy at your expense!

One manufacture has even gone to the extent of an “ink system failure” to really scare people. Yes, HP the great technology giant appears to have experimented with a preset defect.

Seems your printer all of a sudden stops working. Generally when you have exceeded the warranty period. It could happen when you replace ink cartridges or when you have shut down the printer. The error code starts with 0xc18a / 0xc19a ... and states:

If you have an HP Photosmart printer or you suspect that your printer suddenly stopped working as you reached your warranty period, you may want to read the following article found at “Out of

HP service techs will ask if you have used any non-HP printer cartridges, simply to instill the “Fear Factor” or create “Doubt” in the consumers mind. They won’t say these products caused the problem because they know that would be a lie.

Some consumers suspect the predetermined failure of the Photosmart printers allows HP to trade you up to another model of HP printer that has been refurbished by the company. A small upgrade fee and shipping and your on your way with a refurbished HP.

A very shrewd idea on their part”.

However, as an informed consumer, you make the final determination.

As previously stated, many individuals have come to the realization that these large conglomerates can’t be trusted. They are in it for the money and the new “chip technology” allows them to control the service life of their products, so it seems. There just couldn’t be that many “ink system failures” otherwise they should have a product recall!

Take notice of the current consumer spending trend. Americans are careful where their money is going. Hopefully, not in the trash.

NRF: April retail sales show continued focus on necessities

• 13 May 2009 WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumers need more proof that the economy is slowly turning around as April retail sales show people continuing to cut back on their discretionary spending. According to the National Retail Federation, retail industry sales for April (which exclude automobiles, gas stations and restaurants) decreased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted from March and dropped 1.7 percent unadjusted over last year.

April retail sales released today by the U.S. Commerce Department show total retail sales (which include non-general merchandise categories such as automobiles, gasoline stations and restaurants) decreased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted over March and decreased 9.4 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

"A depressed labor market and lack of consumer confidence continues to play a role in what people buy and how much they spend," said Rosalind Wells, chief economist for NRF. "Noticeable changes in consumer spending will take some time as the economy continues to rebuild itself through the rest of the year."

Spring weather helped get many people out of their homes and into stores to buy new garden and sporting goods. Sales at building material, garden equipment and supplies dealers increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted from March but decreased 10.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year. Sporting goods, hobby, book and music stores sales increased 0.3 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month but decreased 2.4 percent unadjusted over last April.

Thanks in part to consumers focusing on necessities instead of discretionary items, sales at health and personal care stores increased 0.4 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month and 5.4 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

Even with an Easter holiday in April, people still cut back on groceries, apparel and gifts. Sales at electronic and appliance stores decreased 2.8 percent seasonally adjusted from March and 11.9 percent unadjusted from last year. Clothing and clothing accessories stores sales decreased 0.5 percent seasonally adjusted month-to-month and 3.0 percent unadjusted year-over-year. Grocery stores sales also decreased 1.1 percent seasonally adjusted from last month but increased 0.5 percent unadjusted year-over-year.

This article can be viewed at: Retail Customer Experience

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1 comment:

Nikolai said...

Thank you for the link. May I ask, what is the success rate of using remanufactured ink? How about failures?

- The reason why I am asking, is that if succes rate is high enough then I could actually offer your inks to my visitors.

- Do you offer any Affiliate option in your site?

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