I have a friend in Louisville that her and her husband a few years ago
opened a franchise ink store. That's all they sell....ink.
Maybe some people still do this, I don't know, but some years ago people
were buying bottles of ink that came with little syringes. You'd fill the syringe
with the ink and then shoot it into the empty ink cartridge. I did that one
time and it was the biggest mess I ever made in my life.
I never did
it again. I sure didn't see any savings in it either.
There is the return cartridge such as HP often has. You return your empties
and they send you an ink cartridge for free in return. Most people probably
don't bother with doing that and they know it.
That is exactly what companies do today....they invent something and then
have an add on so that you either have to purchase other things to go with
it or you have to keep purchasing something else to get the first something
That's what I was saying. The money is in the ink.
The fax machine I had, contained large rolls of paper. It was rather thin paper
and it lasted a relatively long time. I would buy the rolls, two big rolls to a box.
I know at the time I thought the paper was expensive. So that is how they made
their continuous money on that machine....not ink.....paper.
Another big rip off is batteries and chargers. Look at everything that uses batteries
and look at everything that uses chargers. Many are different. I have a fitness
watch and the charger on it is very different. If I break it, the only way I can
replace it is thru that fitness watch company. I don't know how much it cost but
probably a lot more than it should.
In the old days, you buy a Kitchenmaid mixer and it came with the parts needed.
Today you buy a kitchenmaid mixer and then spend the rest of your life being all
the accessories parts for it.