Is printer ink more expensive than gold? Original printer inks are undoubtedly very expensive and companies like HP or Epson make a lot of money. Printers, on the other hand, are often not that expensive.
So there are many who use third party inks as they are not that expensive and work just like the original ink.
Printer manufacturers however use various means to get customers to buy their ink, for example releasing firmware updates for their printers that essentially lock third-party ink cartridges.
The HP+ Smart Printing System, or simply HP+, is Hewlett's latest evil idea packard to get customers to buy their inks. It is a subscription system, which the company launched in 2020.
A new International Imaging Technology Council complaint against HP alleges that HP is using Dynamic Security and HP+ features in violation of the law that prohibits EPEAT-registered devices from preventing the "use of remanufactured cartridges." EPEAT is an eco-label managed by the World Electronics Council.
HP+, as stated The Verge, prevents the use of third-party ink cartridges in HP printers for the lifetime of the printer. Customers who sign up for HP+ are falling into a trap from which they seem unable to escape.
HP is doing everything in its power to make the HP+ subscription deal as attractive as possible. Customers get an extended warranty for their printers and 6 months of free ink provided they sign up for HP+ within the first seven days of using the printer.
What customers may not read is the fine print that states: "Requires Internet connection, an HP account and use of genuine HP ink for the life of the printer."
No third-party ink vendor has been able to crack the new ink cartridge jam on HP+-enabled printers. Neither individual ink cartridges nor refilled genuine HP ink cartridges currently work in HP+ printers.
Although it is possible to cancel your HP+ subscription, cancellation does not restore the ability to use third-party ink in the printer. In the complaint, the International Council on Imaging Technology claims that customers have only one option to start using third-party ink again, and that is to buy a new printer.
If you want to buy a new printer try to look at products from other companies. Brother makes great printers for example. Switching from ink to laser can also be a good option.