Lexmark Sues Over Remanufactured Printer Cartridges
There is an important case before the supreme court involving the remanufacture of printer ink cartridges and toner cartridges. Although the case for now involved only Remanufactured Lexmark Printer Cartridges, this case could effect you no matter what brand printer you use, laser or inkjet. This case may set a president regarding printer and toner cartridges and what you pay for them in the near future. Save Up to 80% off printer cartridges by clicking here
While surfing the net perusing my self imposed holy quest of finding cheap remanufactured toner and printer ink cartridges I came across this story: law case about printers and remanufactured Lexmark toner cartridges
Lexmark who manufactures ink and laser printers is claiming infringement by others who remanufacture or otherwise refill their cartridges. It is from Fortune magazine. Read it for yourself with the above link, or here is the case in a nutshell:
The gargantuan Lexmark, has sued a small mom-and-pop company which sells old Lexmark printer cartridges that have been refilled with new toner. In other words, remanufactured Lexmark Printer Cartridges. Apparently Lexmark printers are smart and can detect when an unauthorized cartridge that has been refilled is put in it and just won’t print with that cartridge. This mom-and-pop cartridge refill company has disabled these chips which are part of the cartridge thus allowing the use of unofficial printer cartridges (read cheaper printer cartridges) and so the greedy Lexmark just doesn’t like that, no not at all, and so they sued this little company.
You see, Lexmark wants to sell you their very expensive cartridges and the mom-and-pop shop is stepping on their big profits I guess. Lexmark wants all of us to buy printer cartridges only from them and pay through the nose while doing so.
Cheap Printer Ink and Toner Cartridges – The Future
On the first go around, an appeals court took greedy Lexmark’s side, (not so good for us) and concluded that mom-and-pop-shop activities amounted to an unauthorized use of the company’s patented technology, in other words disabling the chip which allows someone to use a refilled cartridge has somehow violated their patent rights. Remanufactured printer cartridges are made from discarded, empty cartridges often just thrown away, so how in the hell is it that Lexmark still has an ownership stake in all of this?
I call BULLSHIT!
I don’t know about you, but I think that’s a bunch of crap coming from a blood sucking greedy corporate giant who wants to prevent people from buying printer ink cartridges cheap, or in this particular case inexpensive toner cartridges. If Lexmark wins this case with the toner cartridges, printer ink cartridges will surely be the next shoe to drop and that will not be good for any of us.
Inexpensive Printer Ink – a Thing of the Past?
Depending on how things go, the cost of or even the ability to purchase remanufactured toner cartridges and printer ink cartridges could be effected in a very bad way. Remember, if Lexmark wins this case and can kill the refilling of cartridges, then remanufactured printer toner cartridges and remanufactured printer ink cartridges will be next. I fear the greed will spread. First Lexmark then Cannon, then Brother, and finally HP printer cartridges will all go up in price and that would suck!
Now it’s up to the supreme court and their collective wisdom, I think I just scared myself.
Lets hope logic and consumer rights prevail at the supreme court so we can continue to purchase inexpensive printer ink and toner cartridges.