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[–] Frakir 0 points 41 points (+41|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I got an idea:

We should region-code eggs, milk, beer, and gasoline. Oh, and sexual partners.

Yeah, let's put everything on a leash!

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[–] Upvoats_McGoats 2 points 16 points (+18|-2) ago 

Not really the same thing, bud. A person from Mexico can visit the United States no problem. You just can't decide one day to live here and start inheriting benefits, not pay taxes, register, etc. We have immigration laws for the same reason every country does.

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[–] taxation_is_slavery 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

Canada does eggs milk and beer. They even have provincial control of product movement and creation.

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[–] TrayFly 0 points 6 points (+6|-0) ago 

The European egg codes also include the chicken's average happiness!

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[–] cutchyacokov 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Not with DRM, thankfully. Also they don't watch the boarders between provinces very carefully I... ahh... heard from a friend that it's pretty easy to drive a car full of various beers over most provincial boarders.

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[–] theoldguy 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

And air! Don't forget air! "I'm sorry, sir, but this air blew in from Canada. I'm going to have to ask you to stop breathing until you pay the Air Tariff."

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[–] dregan 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

sexual partners....on a leash!

Kinky.

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[–] ClairityDX 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

But that's anti business! Won't someone think of the poor, poor profits?

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[–] HelterShellder 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

What? No...this is to better serve business!

In fact, a small convenience fee may be in order.

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[–] asmodea [S] 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Oh I like that.

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[–] johnlocke90 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You can sort of region code money. Just use a different currency.

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[–] TrivialGravitas 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago  (edited ago)

we decided not to pursue due to no money in that prospect

the interesting implication here is that they'd have no competition on the razor blade model if they didn't overcharge on ink by such a ridiculous amount, they're basically shooting themselves in the foot then claiming pirates did it.

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[–] Firevine 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Tell 'em about Lexmark 150's! A contact chip AND an RFID!

Edit: Oh, and a full set of XL carts would come out to $160

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[–] Uncle_Tractor 0 points 23 points (+23|-0) ago 

I think we'll see more and more articles like this in the future:

How to Refill and Reuse a Printer Cartridge

I remember doing shit like that back when I had a printer that used ink.

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[–] OmenemO 0 points 11 points (+11|-0) ago 

I believe some ink/toner carts have chips that record how much ink is left so they can't be refilled. So you have to buy resettable chips. Basically it's a cat a mouse game between the printer companies and the third party market. I do notice that more I spend on a printer, the cheaper the ink is.

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[–] Shammyhealz 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Iirc, printer's business model is like Keurigs. They actually sell you the device at a loss, and then make money on the disposable pieces you put inside. A more expensive printer probably relies less on that model, and thus has less reason to charge more for ink. It's all about whether you want to pay up front or down the road.

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[–] Rellik88 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

I saw a Kodak printer at Walmart for $20. Needed a printer so hell yea right? Oh great the ink is $75. :(

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[–] woobie 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

This is true for my Samsung laser, at least. Refill kits from Ebay come with a replacement chip. Still was only ~7 bucks for a refill, but it did take 30 minutes or so the first time.

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[–] Poco 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Perhaps more articles listing the printers that don't do that?

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[–] johnlocke90 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

I just use my work printer for everything.

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[–] WinstonBubby 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

What does your printer use now? I didn't know there was a viable alternative.

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[–] Uncle_Tractor 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Toner.

The reason I quit using an ink printer is that I used it so rarely that the ink dried out between each use. This made it ridiculously expensive. Refilling the cartridge by hand (syringe and all) worked for a while. I went several years without a printer, so when I got a new one I made sure to get one that a used toner so it wouldn't dry out between usage. It was the cheapest printer in the store (Brother) and they told me that when the toner ran out, it would be cheaper to buy a new printer than to replace it. I've been using the same toner cartridge for maybe a decade now. Hope I'll be able to get a similar printer when the cartridge in this one finally runs out.

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[–] IntrinsicFactorSucks 0 points 12 points (+12|-0) ago 

I love printing at home because it's like a mini press. But now they're trying to take away the low cost way of @ home printing. Keurig did the same thing with their coffee cups and their sales plummeted. I will not support this sales practice.

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[–] asmodea [S] 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago 

Keurig tanked less than a year after their bullshit maneuver, didn't they?

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[–] IntrinsicFactorSucks 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

Yes, very badly, I considered buying their stuff bcuz the older models in hotels worked 100% to expectations... but DRM on coffee cups? w.t.f.

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[–] roznak 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

HP refused to scan a document when the ink cartridges failed, so I kicked it really hard out of the window. I will never ever buy another HP printer again!

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[–] Rellik88 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

My HP printer takes like 5 carts. When the yellow ran out and the black was full it wouldn't print text. WTF?

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[–] Firevine 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

After having worked in the inkjet and toner recycling side of things for as long as I did, GOOD! FUCK HP. Since Lexmark pulled out of the consumer level side of the business, HP is THE WORST SHIT ON THE MARKET.

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[–] firex726 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

And isn't that their only profitable division left?

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[–] roznak 0 points 10 points (+10|-0) ago 

It is baffeling that every big company is turning into so much evil. They are worse than the bankers.

In 5 years from now, names like Lenovo, Microsoft, Xerox, Google, will be only found in the history pages and new companies will have emergend.

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[–] flimflamedthezimzam 1 points 7 points (+8|-1) ago 

We're just getting more comfortable with it again. You probably don't want to look up Standard Oil, the Pinkerton's, or how any of the rail roads were built. The Dutch VOC would like a word as well.

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[–] Easybee 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

I don't think it's baffeling at all. Look at our culture. We celebrate greed. We have elevated what was once seen as a huge character flaw to be resisted to not just A virtue, bit THE virtue. It's seen by economists as the fundamental driver of our society, with no regard paid to fairness, compassion, or integrity.

When greed is everything, how else will the businesses act?

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[–] hatesniggasandfags 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

WTF are you talking about MS, Google will be history in 5 years? Dude, are you on drugs?

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[–] asmodea [S] 2 points 1 points (+3|-2) ago 

Companies only do what governments allow - ultimately the fault lies in our governments who allow us to be shafted - it's not like they don't know it's happening.

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[–] Kookus 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

Welcome to the natural conclusion to the DRM scheme: you don't own physical products; you only have a license to use them.

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[–] Firevine 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

Next time you're out at a bog box retailer, look at the fine print on a Lexmark Return Program cartridge. Hint: You ain't wrong.

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