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Cartridge retailer claims cartridges and contents “getting smaller”

Cartridge retailer claims cartridges and contents “getting smaller”

May 10, 2012

The three cartridges: 2010 350, 2012 350 and 2012 301 (HPinkcartridges.co.uk)

HPinkcartridges.co.uk has found that HP’s inkjet sponges have halved in size in the past two years, and claims “all manufacturers are the same”.

The site warned that “if you own a printer you might want to take a moment and read” its report as their findings have shown that “over the last few years printer cartridges and their contents have been getting smaller”, with photographic evidence of their claims showing the sponges in HP inkjet cartridges halving in size over the past two years.

The site’s writer “started with an HP 350 ink cartridge” manufactured in January 2010, and stated for posterity that there is “nothing particular about HP as all manufacturers are doing the same thing”, as well as noting that the cartridges chosen were “low user cartridges”.

After removing the top of the cartridge with a saw, the writer found that the hydrophobic sponge “fills the cartridge totally”, but when looking at another 350 cartridge manufactured in 2012, stated that “to be totally honest I could not believe what I was looking at – the hydrophobic sponge inside the 2012 cartridge is only half the size!”

The three sponges in comparison (HPinkcartridges.co.uk)

For further analysis the writer took another HP cartridge, this time a 301 model also manufactured in 2012, and found that the sponge was “almost 40 percent smaller” than the 350 manufactured this year. The writer’s view is that “we are actually getting less ink for our money now than ever before”, and notes that “the price isn’t shrinking” despite the sponges noticeably diminishing in size.

The story and analysis has already garnered interest across the world online, with BoingBoing.net and Business Insider reporting on the site’s findings. Business Insider commented that this appears to be “one crummy way for HP to save its printer business”.

Categories : World Focus

Tags : HP Inkjet

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