Sunday, October 09, 2005

Garçon...a bottle of your best INK, please.

If the ink required to print your last vacation reportage costed more than a brand-new printer, say thanks to Mr. Gillette and his "razor blade" business model: in the first years of the last century, the company sold razors at low prices, but made large profits selling disposable razor blades.
According to this analysis from the New York Times, printers manufacturers adopt the same strategy with inkjets and ink:

Printers return relatively low profit margins. But the ink, ounce for ounce, is four times the cost of Krug Clos du Mesnil Champagne, which sells for around $425 a bottle. Ink is about the same price as Joy perfume, considered to be one of the more pricey fragrances, at $158 for a 2.5-ounce bottle.

(from NYTimes via Manteblog)

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