Market research company The NPD Group found that sales of laser printers in Canada last year went up by 27%, while those of inkjet printers fell by 12%.
The press release doesn't say why, but I wonder if it has to do with the cost of replacement ink cartridges. Toner cartridges used by laser printers are much cheaper, lowering that all-important TCO. (My kids apologize each time they accidentally send a print job to my networked inkjet printer, because they understand how much more it costs than using the laser.)
The new popularity of laser printers may also have to do with their prices now being as low as inkjet ones. (Don't remind me about the $2,500 I paid for each of my first two laser printers, an HP in 1991 and a Lexmark in 2001. Oh, and the networking add-on for the Lexmark was another $600.)
In contrast to the computing industry's initial go-go decades, where you were considered stupid for not upgrading, now you are considered prudent to forgo upgrades. “There is no sense of urgency to replace this technology if the incentives are minimal and the products are fully functional,” concludes the research company.
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