Re: [OT] Re: Toner refill
On Thu, 28 Oct 2010 01:57:51 -0500, Stan Hoeppner wrote:
> Camaleón put forth on 10/27/2010 1:05 PM:
>> There are also "compatible" toner cartridges at lower prices, which I
>> would also avoid :-)
> There is no reason to avoid these Camaleón. They work just fine. The
> only difference is that ZERO of the profit goes to the printer
Not in my experience.
I've seen many companies losing time and money because they are unable to
properly evaluate their situation (here in Spain we have a saying -not
sure how it translates into English- "lo barato sale caro" or "you get
what you pay for".
> One of the tenets of FOSS is a free or low cost alternative to
> commercial software. Why then, as a FOSS advocate, would you tell
> people to avoid products made by companies who are trying to save
> consumers money while at the same time providing a quality product?
No need to be so "picky".
The same I recommend sticking with memory RAM modules that have been
certified by the motherboard manufacturer I also recommend the use of
original toner cartridges (or ink). Take it as just my experience, your
mileage may vary.
But you mean I'm not "FLOSS-friendly" just for advocating this?
Heck, I also avoid using compatible cell phone batteries so I should fall
into hell by all this (just kidding).
Taking the price of original toner cartridges for home user printers is
not that high (~35-50€?) and the span of the toner (1.000-2.500 pages?) I
think sticking to the orginal ones is worth for it.
For business devices toner prices are higher but also
"expectations" (color matching and printing quality is a must for some
> BTW, in most circumstances, under U.S. law, the printer manufacturers
> can't void your warranty for using non OEM cartridges. Toner and ink
> are consumables, same as gasoline. Under U.S. law GM can't say you can
> only buy your gas from Exxon stations or they'll void your warranty.
> Same situation.
Warranty is not voided (at least here in Spain, dunno for other
countries), but that is not the main concern when your printer is 10/15
years old (should you break it, you have to pay it and duplex fuser is
costly and is also hard to find spare parts for old hardware, you