If you have purchased an inkjet printer in the past four years, it may be unnecessarily shutting down before the ink cartridge is empty. The following companies may be engaging in unfair business practices by not allowing the consumer to use all the ink they have purchased:
- Hewlett Packard (HP)
Currently, other companies are trying to do the same: their ink cartridges include a computer chip that holds expiry information and monitors ink usage. Referred to in the re-manufacturing industry as a "killer chip", it prevents re-manufacturers from making compatible cartridges and forced expiry on the cartridge prevents the consumer from using a third party cartridge.
Printer companies tell the consumer in their official policies that the built-in computer/security chip "ensures high-quality printouts and prevents damage to the printer" but in reality, they just want to sell the consumer more ink.
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