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Blog entry by Karson posted 2772 days ago 751 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just bought a new HP Color Laser printer for Christmas. To print off all of the color woodworking plans that I find on the web. The printer cost $299.00 at Sam’s Club. It’s model 2600N. It comes with 4 full toner cartridges (not the starter pack that some printers come with).

However: to buy new HP toner it will cost $350.00. So I guess I just buy another printer and throw the old one away. I save money that way.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †



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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 2772 days ago

I can’t figure it out either !!
I was just looking to buy some ink cartridges for my hp 750xi at Walmart the other day. 2 cartridges where $57.99. Then I looked down on a shelf next to them, & they had a printer similar to my old one for $49.00. I walked out of the store empty handed, & scratching my head.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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dennis mitchell

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#2 posted 2772 days ago

I’ve been trying to get some router bases for my laminate trimmers. The bases have cracked on my Dewalt and Bosch… the price is about 2/3 the cost of a new one. So I have a large collection of tools that the motors work fine but all the little parts are broken and a new PortaCable laminate trimmer.

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Don

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#3 posted 2771 days ago

Deninis, this is something we, the consumer, have created.

Before my retirement, I was the Managing Director of a US owned Australian subsidiary. We sold our products to resellers. At first, we did our own manufacturing in Chicago. But to remain competitive, we gradually moved all of our manufacturing to China. And products that had previously carried retail prices of $250 soon dropped below $100. We did this without sacrificing quality and sometimes the quality was actually improved.

But to get a product below $100, the retailer needs a cost price below $50. For the manufacturer to make a profit on an item, his product cost before overheads, administration and distribution costs, needs to be below $10.

So, you don’t need to be a genius to figure whether it is cheaper for the manufacturer to repair and install a part or replace the product. An original equipment manufacturer can’t even touch a part without adding a cost to it that is greater than his cost of the entire item.

Why do I lay this at the feet of the consumer? Because the consumer will always choose the lower priced item, everything else being equal.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://dpb-photography.me/

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scottb

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#4 posted 2771 days ago

As consumers we may think we’re making the smart decision… will our grandchildren agree? (as in the planet full of waste we’re leaving them to deal with)... lets hope for some new technology that creates power from waste in our lifetime – a nearly endless supply of raw materials!

I hate the thought of my new digital camera as a $10-20 pile of plastic and silicon, ditto the pile of “old” computer parts in the attic… that I can’t even donate to a school :(

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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Karson

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#5 posted 2771 days ago

I think that the computer printer MFG’s have found out that profit can be made in the consumables (Ink and toner). If you almost give the printer away. And they are putting memory chips in the printer cartridges so you can’t refil them. And of course if they tell you they are empty, you can’t use them – Even though they are not empty.

The mfg want you to have perfect output and if the toneer or printer cartridge might be a little on the low side. The printer won’t use it.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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scottb

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#6 posted 2771 days ago

One trick we use at the office is to Shake the toner cartridge, this will get a few more days out of it… but sad to say that yes the upfront cost for many things is minimal compared to the cost of continued use. From disposable razor blades to printer cartridges to televsion and now satellite radio… at least you can (now) recycle the old cartridges, not that a $3 dollar rebate makes any dent in the cost of a replacement, but it’s something.

The trick for us is to figure out how we can make money with woodworking as a service, rather than a means to a final product. Yeah, except for tool sharpening, I can’t figure that one out either.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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