Retail Pricing

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Maggot, 1 Aug 2007.

  1. Maggot

    Maggot Star of BBC 5Lives Ballot Box Brigade

    Around and about
    I have just been to a major computer retailer and purchased a printer/scanner/copier/tea-maker all in one thingy. It came with HP21 and HP22 printer cartridges. Replacement cartridges are £12.99 and £21.99 respectively for b&w and colour. Therefore replacement cartridges are £34.98. The printer machine and cartridges are £29.99!!!!! How the flying fcuk does that work?

    I will need spare cartridges at some point, do I really just buy a new printer and throw the old one away? How has our consumer society finally reached this madness:sad:
  2. Frazer

    Frazer New Member

    Buy a load of printers...take out the 'free' cartridges...then sell the printers on ebay for ten or fifteen quid., thus only costing you £15 to £20 for the new cartridges.
  3. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    printer cartridges supplied with the printer are invariably not full. the whole printer ink think is a con. get yourself cheaper cartridges at cartridgemonkey. i've used them and they're very good.

    alternatively get yourself a refill kit and save even more money.
  4. Elmer Fudd

    Elmer Fudd Miserable Old Bar Steward

    If the printer is HP, they are well known for that little money raking plan.
  5. alecstilleyedye

    alecstilleyedye nothing in moderation Moderator

    well mine is ;)
  6. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    HP aren't too bad, it's lexmark that are the worst.
  7. barq

    barq Senior Member

    Birmingham, UK
    It's basically the Gillette model of sales. Flog the razor cheaply, but people will soon enough need new blades. I believe printer companies took it slightly further by actually subsidising the printer cost - hence them doing everything in their power to stop you from using third-party refill cartridges.

    Sadly it's true about the original fitted cartridges only being part full in most cases.
  8. dubman

    dubman Über Member

    you can argue this with most things you buy in the high street , including bikes and parts , complete rip-off - everything ;)
  9. marinyork

    marinyork Resting in suspended Animation

    Although the model is undoubtedly true, I'm not really that sure that shaving razors have made that much of a technological leap apart from adding ever more razors and calling the "quad" to ever more ridiculous extents. Printers, particularly inkjet/deskjet have made gigantic leaps in technology even in just the last few years.
  10. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    There is nothing new in this, the very old saying of 'getting a sprat to catch a mackeral' somes it up quite nicely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. Keith Oates

    Keith Oates Janner

    Penarth, Wales
    There is nothing new in this, the very old saying of 'getting a sprat to catch a mackeral' sums it up quite nicely!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  12. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    It's a terrible con. Epson are very bad at this too - there was a report by the Belgian equilvalent of "Which" a couple of years ago and they were top of the culprits list.

    I use Canon inkjet printers now, as they are generally very happy with third party cartridges from eBay - at less than a quarter the price of the official ones - even for decent quality photo prints.
  13. chris42

    chris42 New Member

    Deal, Kent
    Slightly different but still retail prices.
    I work in a company that produces paperwork to present to customs for goods coming into the country.

    The other day, OVAL the Swiss cycle component manufacture imported 200 pairs of aero cycle forks.

    The price they charged the importer was about £105.
    they retail at over £300!;)
  14. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    So is the moral of the story, if you can get away with charging high prices, go for it?
  15. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    Yes, it's called the British Airways stratagem ;)
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