Is it just me! Or are we actually getting less for our money!
Does everything seem to be getting less and less to you?, less petrol for your money, less food for your money, it seems that every where I look I feel as if I am being short changed on the size or amounts in the pack, nothing seems to be the same value for money as it used to be.
If you own a printer you might want to take a moment and read this, because this blog is about getting less ink for your money in your ink cartridge, over the last few years printer cartridges and their contents have been getting smaller, and the worrying thing is that all manufacturers are the same.
To prove my point I have done a little bit of investigating myself, I started with an HP 350 ink cartridge with a manufacturers date of January 2010, nothing particular about HP as all manufacturers are doing the same thing, I simply used a HP ink cartridge as that’s what I had lying around.
I then removed the top of the cartridge with a handsaw and as you can see from the picture below the hydrophobic sponge fills the cartridge totally, just as I would have expected for the best part of fifteen quid, I then took another HP 350, the same cartridge but this time the manufacturers date was 2012 on the cartridge, I removed the top in the same way as before and to be totally honest I could not believe what I was looking at, the hydrophobic sponge inside the 2012 cartridge is only half the size!!
Mmm, I was beginning to smell a rat; as the saying goes… this got me thinking even more and I started to wonder if all the newer cartridges are like this, so this time I chopped the top off of a new HP 301 cartridge to have a look at the sponge, surely it can’t be any smaller…..or can it? Guess what! The sponge inside the HP301 is almost 40 percent smaller than the 2012 HP 350, which means that we are actually getting less ink for our money now than ever before. Why is that? The price isn’t shrinking though, that’s for sure!
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Edit: The cartridges we have shown in the images and talk about in the article are all low user cartridges.