According to several sources HP has begun to force automatic firmware updates (13/09/2016) blocking printers with HP non-original cartridge. The printer stops printing when non-original cartridge is detected.
Let me share with you what I've learned in the Photizo group webinar : "HP buys Samsung". 5 experts have shared their profound knowledge about this big financial and industrial operation. I have taken the liberty to make a brief summary attached below.
More than 50% of the 700 attending the webinar, felt that the operation "HP buys Samsung" was revolutionary or transformative for the market.
HP wants to scare anyone involved in trading with cloned ink and toner cartridges.
OEM’s business model is based in selling printers at a cost price and making the money with the consumables. So, if end users buy printers at a cost price from OEM and buy consumables somewhere else, into the low end market, that hurts the OEM’s core business.
After attending to the RT Imaging summit in Barcelona I found out something interesting that I like to share with you.
Users have 3 main choices:
Buy a new original toner from OEM supplier ( aka Canon, HP, Ricoh, Samsung…) When toner is empty send it to a recycling program back to the OEM supplier. OEM’s will recycle them, aka turn them into plastic and powder. End of story.
OEM try to get as much empties as they can so they don’t go into the remanufacturing business. Remember that consumables is the core business of printer manufacturers.
OEM also fight against manufacturers of compatible toner supplies defending their intellectual property (aka Canon and HP lawsuits)
OEM have a 90% of market share of color toner cartridges.
Buy compatible toner for a much lower price.
Quality is not an issue in BW printing, color printing is another thing, although is getting better.
Due to the recent patent infringement prosecution specially by Canon en HP, this is not a 100% safe path, legally talking.
Some compatible toner manufacturers claim to have bigger page yield although is not clear where some printers recognize it.
Buy a remanufactured toner cartridge and send the old one to the supplier to re use it again. Keep going on and on….
The green label is the nicest part of this option. Why throw away when you can reuse it?
Printing quality may be an issue here.
Price is obviously a corner stone here.
Some re-manufacturers will pay end user as much as 5€ for an old toner cartridge.
Notice this is just an overview of the market. If you have any comment or want yo add anything, go head and use our social media.
Yes, there is a company called ink bags that supplies ink for your inkjet printer in bags like the ones used for blood. Yes it’s like a never ending cartridge. Instead of refilling the ink cartridge itself, they attach one bag for each color into a black box next to the printer.
The system is not a as fancy (see video below) as the original ink cartridges embedded into the printer but they claim to save, around 50% if you do the math, over the original HP cartridges. The fact is that this ink bag refilling system makes sense because they feed the new HP OfficeJet Pro-X with PageWide Technology. More info
3 major printer manufacturers have set an alliance with Samsung, also a printer manufacturer and the second largest mobile manufacturer in the world to allow mobile phones and tablets Print easily without previous settings.
Users around the world will hopefully benefit from simplicity as well as the whole printing industry.
Let’s see if Apple makes a movement to make their mobile devices compatible with the new standard.