Still, many departments continue to purchase desktop printers. Oftentimes, departments purchase additional printers that are not under State contract and without consulting CTS. These are often “inexpensive” inkjet printers that cost less than $100. However, manufacturer and model-specific ink is required - and that is how manufacturers are able to make money. The printers themselves are sold at a loss - but big profits are made on ink cartridge sales - which continue indefinitely. Desktop inkjet printers are actually one of the most expensive ways to print a document with per-page cost of $0.50 or more. Units purchasing desktop printers have to procure and manage their own stock of ink cartridges - and every unit that does this probably has a cabinet full of several hundred to several thousand dollars worth of unopened old cartridges that can no longer be used. CTS cannot support an infinite variety of desktop printers all over campus, and we cannot continue to manage, fix, and service them.
Did you know?
Desktop printers are not intended for an office environment, but rather are intended for home or home office use. These devices fail comparatively often, and are not designed to be serviced/repaired. Quite to the contrary, desktop printers are designed with “Planned Obsolescence” in mind. Frequently, your best option is to replace the unit ($$$). But that’s not all! The manufacturer constantly changes the cartridge design, forcing you to throw out all of your in-stock ink ($$$) and stock a new type of ink ($$$).