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frickfrock999 09-19-2016 11:08 AM

Recently, HP allegedly put a new twist on what a lot of people already thought was one of the biggest scams in the computer business. They pushed a firmware update to printers that caused all non-genuine ink cartridges in them to quit working on the same date.

On September 13, reports started pouring in from people who owned the same Envy printer as the content-looking woman above. Their ink, it seemed, was suddenly deemed unworthy by their printers. Complaints like this on HP’s tech support forums are nothing new, but the massive influx over the past week leaves little doubt that this is probably more than a coincidence.

A statement to Dutch media explained that HP does indeed take steps to block cartridges "to protect innovation and intellectual property".

DiNet 09-19-2016 11:31 AM

Makes sense, shocked that they are doing it just now

Sense in PoV for their printer division... as a business that makes most of its money from that.

JakdMan 09-19-2016 11:33 AM

Inovation............. All your focus is on the business end of things. On the consumer side we get half baked junk you cons

GingerJohn 09-19-2016 11:41 AM

Who buys ink cartridges anyway? It's cheaper just to buy a new printer.

Which tells you everything you need to know about the consumer printer market.

Crazy9000 09-19-2016 11:52 AM

This is why I only buy Brother printers, and make sure my work does too.

girugamesh 09-19-2016 12:09 PM

So a corporation decides to destroy the functionality of a perfectly functioning device and it's not illegal?

...Oh wait! You can still use the printer as a paperweight or something, you just can't print with it. This is a firmware thing, so it's okay because it's software, only a filthy pirate or something would be mad at this, respect IP and all kthnx :^)

Lady Fitzgerald 09-19-2016 12:09 PM

This is just another variation of what HP has been doing for years. It's one reason I was forced to retire a perfectly good HP printer because it used chipped cartridges and I could no longer buy cartridges that weren't expired, even though they were in plentiful supply (the other reason was HP refused to make a Win 7 driver for it). This nonsense is one reason I've been boycotting HP for years (another being their pathetic customer "support").

TheDoug 09-19-2016 12:24 PM

Originally Posted by GingerJohn View Post

Who buys ink cartridges anyway? It's cheaper just to buy a new printer

This ^^

azanimefan 09-19-2016 12:26 PM

Originally Posted by Crazy9000 View Post

This is why I only buy Brother printers, and make sure my work does too.

I have a really nice epson.

Snakecharmed 09-19-2016 12:49 PM

I bought a used but clean Xerox 6500DN color laser in 2013 for under $200 and never looked back. The black toner has been low for at least two years now. I bought a replacement toner cartridge over a year ago so I would have it ready to install when needed. I'm still waiting to put it in.

The only reason why people stock up on ink in the first place is because those damn inkjets waste about 1/16th of the cartridge every time you turn the stupid things on, shut them off, it rains outside, you flush the toilet, or if it's a Tuesday. Consumers need to dump inkjets altogether unless they need photo-quality prints. Even then, I'm not so sure that I wouldn't just send the images off to a reliable third party for printing.

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