How to get More Ink Out of 'Empty' Printer Catridges

We wrote about the Class Action lawsuit against Hewlett-Packard over printer-ink monopoly pricing and false “empty catridge” warnings that force customers to guy buy more ink long before the cartridge is really empty. What made today important was a story over on Yahoo about a guy named Farhad Manjoo that was not going to take his Brother printer’s false “empty cartridge” messages lying down, and found a way around the bullshit.

Manjoo figured out that if he placed black electrical tape over the sensor on the side of the ink cartridge in his printer, the false warnings would stop and he’s so far gotten another 6 months of life out of the ink and another 100 pages of printing.

Another site that the story links to is the FixYourOwnPrinter resource that will direct you on different ways you can work around the monopolistic shit that companies like Brother, HP and Epson have engineered into their printers because they have been allowed to without penalty.

Does the subversive and scummy etiquette of large companies, when gone unwatched, disturb anyone else? It seems to existing in a perfect 1:1 relationship… Big Company:Shit Behavior=Giant Profits, oh GOOD.

Thanks Yahoo!

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5 Responses to How to get More Ink Out of 'Empty' Printer Catridges

  1. Jigsaw hc August 26, 2008 at 9:22 am #

    My printer is not listed on FixYourOwnPrinter, but I’ll have to look around for some tricks for it. Thanks for the info.

  2. Editor August 26, 2008 at 11:01 am #

    Jigsaw, if you find any information please keep us posted incase any other readers have the same printer.

  3. Jigsaw hc August 26, 2008 at 11:09 am #

    Will do. It is a Pixma model from Canon. I’ll have to spend some time looking for the model later.

  4. Bent May 9, 2010 at 3:22 pm #

    It’s terrible the great ink swindle with HP and Lexmark as the bad guys.


  5. izzie December 4, 2010 at 5:39 am #

    I do find it madding that I can not print in black only as I do not always have the money to buy ink and have no car so must send for it. I have bought a ton of colored ink and will still do it but you would think they would let you use the black only even if you only run out of one color. I try to wait until I have a 50 dollar order and get the mailing free any how. I like the printer but it is a very costly hobby.

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