Some Epson Printers Are Programmed to Stop Working After a Certain Amount of Use

Users are receiving error messages that their fully functional printers are suddenly in need of repairs.

#news #tech #technology #Epson

@Some_Emo_Chick Hey thanks for buying our printer, but you're gonna need some more ink for your ink cartridges. So when do you want to order your new printer and ink cartridges?

@cy @Some_Emo_Chick This kind of planned obsolescence annoys me too. But in the context of business-as-usual, the alternative is probably printers being super-expensive with no guaranteed supplier of compatible ink cartridges at all. What if there was a network of cooperatives that manufactured printers and applied ink, using a standardized cartridge design?


Yes, #printers are in dire, dire need of a total reimagining.

Nothing surprises us in terms of the disreputable printers out there. Speaking from personal and second hand experiences.

@cy @Some_Emo_Chick

@dsfgs @Some_Emo_Chick @cy @strypey The ink was found to cost more than Chanel (or Channel?), which is a high-end perfume, some high end Champaigns, & even more costly than human blood. There are printers that are /designed/ to handle bulk ink (so you don’t have to drill & run ribbons of tubing). IIRC they start around us$ 500, but the ink is thereafter as cheap as ink gets.

@strypey @cy @Some_Emo_Chick @dsfgs If you don’t print enough to justify the up-front $500, then you probably shouldn’t buy a printer. Cycle to the library instead. It’s better than feeding predatory anti-consumer corps.

@dsfgs @Some_Emo_Chick @cy @strypey The cheapest option is probably to buy an anti-consumer printer and hack it to take bulk ink and buy the empty cartridges with hacked chips, and buy bulk no name ink. My problem with that is it still rewards the maker of a product designed to take advantage of you, and you’re also still in the minefield of tracker dots.

@aktivismoEstasMiaLuo It's not as bad as it looks, They don't sell at a loss anymore but just cover the cost of making them , the profits are on the captive ink market. @dsfgs @Some_Emo_Chick @cy @strypey

@ghostdancer @strypey @cy @Some_Emo_Chick @dsfgs I’ve not looked at the printer market lately but in the US you could sometimes get an inkjet printer for free after mail-in rebate (MIR), or dirt cheap after MIR. Of course, that’s a bit of a swindle itself because they toss out the claim forms where people didn’t dot their “i”s, along with some impeccable ones to simulate unreliable postal service.


@aktivismoEstasMiaLuo Have not look at it either, I still use an old B&W Laserjet and have a cheap colour inkjet multi but only use the scanner have not bought ink cartridges in like 10 years or more . But still remember when buying the printer was cheaper than buying the cartridges only. @strypey @cy @Some_Emo_Chick @dsfgs

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