Tech giant HP is doing something that should come as no surprise to us. Many of their Inkjet models, including their 8250 Inkjet
, are being sold at or near cost. Meaning they are making nil to zero profit on the actual printer itself. The 8250, retailing for $199, had an estimated cost of about $199! Of course, the money isn't in the printer. Unlike a laserjet, an Inkjet is going to need a constant supply of refills. Anyone who has owned an Inkjet knows how quickly those things are gobbled up.
"It's the (business) model for the low-end inkjet market. The manufacturers reap whatever they are losing on the printers on the supplies,"
It's no great secret that many inkjet carts have pre-programmed death
built into them. When you can pick up a low end ink jet for as low as $30 though, the companies have to make their profit somewhere.