Examining the true cost of cheap appliances and proprietary consumables.
Do you remember a time, years ago, when appliances like printers and coffee machines cost money – proper money – and replacing the ink (or ribbon – remember those?) was relatively cheap.
Somewhere along the way, manufacturers realised they could make more money out of us by practically giving the printer away, and making the consumables wildly expensive and non-interchangeable with other models. In fact, ink cartridges often cost more than the machine you bought in the first place. Not to mention that they are now reducing the volume of ink in the cartridges, forcing you to buy them even more frequently. Clever printer companies!
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