Your Printer Is Stealing Your Money

Evil PrinterEveryone knows that the printer companies such as HP and Epsom make huge sums out of selling ink. In fact, it works out at around $8,000 a gallon! But then you figure, "Printers are cheap, and I only ever print in black and white".

Wrong. Here's the dirty little secret it's called 'under-printing'. When you print in black and white, your printer, without your knowing, prints a layer of color UNDERNEATH the black ink. If you don't believe, read the my article 'Liquid Gold or Daylight Robbery' which details my recent experiences with my new HP 6500 Wireless printer.

Think about it. How often have you been replacing the color cartridges, even though you probably hardly even print in color. I know I do. I know what you're thinking, "I'll just wait for the color ink to run out and not replace it". Sorry, they've thought of that as well. Most printers nowadays won't print in black and white if the color cartridges are empty. I was so incensed by the whole deal, especially as I used to work for HP, that I wrote these articles and am in the process of getting them published as widely as I can.

What can you do?

First of all, not print, at least as little as possible. But nowadays that's hard. So here's some practical tips for controlling the would-be thief:
  • If you have a reasonable volume and are going to print mostly in black and white, invest in a laser printer rather than an inkjet printer. They are initially more expensive, but since they can't print color (unless you elect for a color one), then there is none of the under-printing issue
  • Check the settings on your printer options. Most printers have a 'draft' mode that in many cases won't under-print. My HP printer has a cunningly hidden 'use black cartridge only' (see my blog for details). It may also have a setting to let you reduce the amount of ink it uses.
  • If you are buying a new printer, research the total cost of ownership, not just the initial purchase price. There are numerous sites on the internet which give you valuable information (e.g. BrightHub)
So now you know who's sneaking those dollars out of your wallet, it's your evil printer. Maybe you want to turn your printer off at night, just in case it tries to steal something more valuable than your money!

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