For a long time, the printer industry has been implementing the “low-cost selling machines, high-priced raw supplies to make a profit” sales model. While the move has made some manufacturers profitable, it has also distorted the market and people’s spending habits. Take the extreme example: when using up a set of original consumables (such as inkjet printer cartridges), some users would rather buy a machine again than buy expensive supplies alone — because the price of both may even be upside down.
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In fact, as early as the early 2000s, there were some manufacturers at the exhibition to promote the “customized” supply scheme. It bypasses traditional printer cartridges and extends the pipeline to a larger CMYK cartridge.
Of course, such sales strategies are not limited to the printer industry. The razor industry is also more willing to offer the handle at a low price and then sell expensive blade supplies to consumers. The good news is that this malformed sales strategy is expected to ease in the future.
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HP is considering abandoning the sales model, according to a recent Morgan Stanley study. Because only 20% of customers buy original supplies, it’s not enough to make a profit.
The bad news is that the initial acquisition cost of printer hardware may rise as a result. For many, it may be time to adopt a more sensible purchasing strategy.
Finally, with the popularity of smartphones and the mobile Internet, the demand for color inkjet printers has been greatly reduced. Instant lying occasionally necessary, or as a matter of urgency through a black-and-white laser printer (color laser printers are still relatively expensive).