Printer Cartridges Come Filled With Less Ink Every Year

It's not really a surprise. We already know that replacement inkjet cartridges are ridiculously overpriced, but it turns out that since 2010 the amount of ink included in each HP cart has been dramatically shrinking.

Over on the HP Ink Cartridges blog (yeah, apparently that's a thing) they took a hacksaw to three HP ink cartridges, dated 2010 to 2012, and discovered that the hydrophobic sponge had been put on a dramatic diet over the years. In fact, the sponge in the most recent cartridge was less then half the size of the one in the cartridge from just a few years ago.

Now since these were all lower-use cartridges, the argument can be made that HP simply reduced the size of the sponge because the cartridges contain less ink. But if that's the case, the company certainly isn't passing those savings onto the consumer.

[HP Ink Cartridges Blog via BoingBoing]



    Who cares about the price of the printers, it's the ink cartridges that are the rip off part ! Not are they massively overpriced and now we learn this - HP-what a pack of corporate scum

    Sooner or later it will get to a point where someone in America will sue because they're not getting the advertised pages per cartridge and hopefully it will get looked at. Otherwisewe're stuck waiting for some sort of government or self regulation and we know that's never going to happen.

    it's cheaper to buy a new printer instead of a new ink cartridge for an older printer.

      Except printers generally only come with a 'trial size' of ink, so it doesn't last very long.

        only some brands come with trial cartridges, HP being one of them. My brother printer though came with a 'full version' ink cartridges.
        P.S. I used to work at cartridge world and i saw this steady decline over the years.
        back in the 90's some of the cartridges had 20x the ink the same brand releases today.

      Replacement cartridges contain twice as much or more ink than what comes with the printer. Usually.

      That may be the case, but what are you doing with the old printers? If they're just getting chucked then it's not very environmentally sound.

      After my old HP died (and it did a good job too, only replaced the cartridges a few times), I went and got myself an ex-display Canon mono laser printer with a full toner pre-installed (not demo, no idea what happened to that, wouldn't be suprised if it was ex-returned as well), had it over a year now and I haven't had to change it yet. Just a shame about it's lack of Linux drivers. Toner will cost about $100, but if I can squeeze more than a year out of each, well worth it. I order my photos online, if ever.

        Don't buy a new toner cartridge, most often you can a) reset the cartridge to think there is more tonner, b) buy specific tonner of ebay for 1/5th the price of a replacement cartridge and simply refill your original cartridge and reset it as above.

    I started work at HP about 9 years ago, and back then they were great, and so were their products... Once Mark Hurd became CEO, the whole place went downhill rapidly. Sure, he's gone now, but it's pretty hard to get the stench of shit out of even the finest fur coat...

    Never liked HP printers much, more of an Epson guy, but even there
    the cartridges are insanely expensive

      I'm not a fan of Epson, despite selling the things. We had a TX300 (2 or 3 iterations ago multifunction dealy) out the back of the store for faxing and black and white copying (for finance contracts and ID, so it barely got used). It was never hooked up to a computer, but still managed to make its way through the colour cartridges every few weeks. Was always annoying to have to fax off the change order to find it wouldn't send because magenta was "dangerously low."

      Not to mention they don't state any kind of standard amount of prints (like HP) or amount of ink in mLs (like Canon) and when we did finally see the official numbers, they weren't particularly impressive and soon disappeared off of our systems.

    Howart Parker decided to train his donkey to live without any food. Each day he fed it less and less. Eventually the donkey died and he was disappointed because he was sure that with a few more days he would've had the donkey trained.

    HP is indeed a rip off and they make a big deal about using the non-HP cartridges, even to the point of telling you that you're not allowed to use them.. the software constantly reminds you that you are using a "counterfeit" cartridge.. when infact it's just another companies cartridge.. nothing counterfeit about it. They are a bunch of criminals..

    However having said that, I'm not so sure that you're actually getting less the page count is still the same and if you look at those filters/sponges, you can see that each one has a different amount of the sponge being used.. a different amount of saturation. It's quite possible that they never needed that much sponge to begin with and/or the technology of the sponge has increased so they don't need that much sponge. If there is too much sponge, the ink will be drawn away from where it needs to be..

    Yes, the sponge is smaller.. but is there less ink? Get someone to confirm this (ie. that there is less ink) and they might be on to something.

      Not having used a HP printer in a while, can you get around these counterfeit warnings by installing the drivers only, and not the rubbish bloaty software?

    I just use my works printer.

    Every printer manufacturer does it!

    HP are also doing the same thing with their toner cartridges with their laser printers. My Work purchased 2 of the same model and they both ran out after about 50 pages. Very sad

    I will be buying a laser printer next time anyway. I use it (my ink-jet) so in-frequently, that the ink channels keeps drying up and running head cleans just sucks the cartridges dry! Don't mind paying for toner as long as the toner I'm using actually goes on the page. I don't print photo's, so don't need super high resolution either.

    Quite liking the look of the Samsung ClX-3185FW right now.

    Come on people, haven't you figured it out? You buy a printer that has been hacked, likely to be last year's model, so its even cheaper. Then you use... 3rd party ink.

    Also, consider this, do you need a high quality, high res printer at home? For what? If you need to print photos, you go to a shop, its cheaper. For home a basic printer does the job.

    Which book says that smaller sponge size means lesser ink quantity ? Please get the facts right.

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