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HP to hike upfront price of printer hardware as ink biz growth runs dry

Doctor Syntax Silver badge

I believe it was thought as a way for "planned obsolescence"

No doubt, but it doesn't work with the make money on cartridges problem; that works best if the cartridge design has a large installed base of printers to fit. If it only fits those you sold last week and maybe the week before it's not going to recoup its costs let alone those of the printer. I think HP's problem was too many ideas for screwing customers colliding with each other even without third party interventions.

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