Everyone 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: