Kodak on the ink-price war-path...with a sense of humor :)

Discussion in 'Kodak' started by Mark², Feb 8, 2007.

  1. Mark²

    Mark² Guest

    I've never been a Kodak fan, myself, but their latest move against
    competitors goes right after their crown jewels... You know...their fat
    wallets...that are filled by selling the world ink for the price of gold??

    For the first time ever...I like Kodak's attitude. :)

    Here's a funny (and interesting) clip from their site, in connection with
    their in-price-busting printer move:

    'The Stink on Ink"

    Might wanna plug your nose and open a window because here comes the Stink on

    1. For the cost of 80 mL of ink, you could fill up a luxury SUV in Los
    Angeles with 32 gallons of gas--that's over 120,000 mL! But unless you're a
    duke or dutchess, don't even think about 120,000 mL of ink... that would
    cost over $117,000!

    2. 750 mL of ink could fill up an empty champagne bottle. But why do that
    when you could purchase more than 3 bottles of expensive champagne for the
    same price?! Plus, have you ever tasted ink? Though dangerous, it's actually
    pretty delicious, but, still, that's really expensive.

    3. One 3.4 oz bottle of luxury perfume could keep most women smelling
    fabulous for the better part of a year and some women smelling nice for the
    better part of a decade. Good luck surviving on 3.4 oz of printer ink for a
    year. Might as well smell nice because Chanel costs about 20% less than ink!

    4. Did you know that you would need to buy over $22,000 worth of ink to
    paint an average house! For that kind of money, you may as well commission
    Michelangelo to paint "The Creation of Adam" on your ceiling!

    5. Think oil costs you a boat load of greenbacks? Not compared to the price
    of ink. One barrel of oil holds 42 gallons and costs approximately $58
    buckaroos. Good thing ink doesn't power your car. At more than $155,000 per
    barrel and $3,690 per galloon, you'd have to walk, bike, or skip everywhere
    you went!

    6. Taking a bath in liquid gold may be a fantasy fit for King Midas, but
    it's a thrifty proposition compared to a dip in cyan and magenta. The golden
    experience runs about $75,000 in the average tub, but an ink plunge costs
    over $185,000! And that's not even factoring in the cost of adding bubbles!

    7. You're better off getting sick instead of running out of expensive ink.
    100 mL of ink costs the same as 1 gallon of cough and flu syrup! That'll
    keep the sniffles away until you're 300-years-old!

    8. Could one energy drink a day keep the doctor away? Probably not, but it
    would give you boundless energy at a fraction of the price of ink. Only 760
    mL of ink would buy you more than 370 cans of energy drink--that's a year's
    supply! With that much energy, you could run a marathon or just go to a
    library and be really annoying!

    9. Did you know that it would take $900 million worth of ink to fill up an
    Olympic sized swimming pool? You could fill up over 555 Olympic sized
    swimming pools with premium bottled water for that price! Or you could just
    pocket the $900 million and go on a shopping spree.

    Good stuff...and rather depressing... Let's hope Kodak lights a fire under
    the arse of HP, Canon and Epson.

    PS- Here's the URL:
    Quote is from this page:
    The printers in question are:
    Ink price breakdown (pigment ink, no less... Here:
    Mark², Feb 8, 2007
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  2. I agree. I think it might be a good marketing tool as well. I think
    just about everyone is feed up with the high cost of ink and the efforts of
    the printer companies to make their printer ink as proprietary as possible.
    Joseph Meehan, Feb 8, 2007
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  3. Agreed... though we might have to start paying a bit more again for
    printers, as many are almost given away to capture the ink market!
    Peter J E Brunning, Feb 8, 2007
  4. Mark²

    Siggy Guest


    Only those with fat wallets wanting to keep them fatter will no doubt
    appreciate this news. Unlike me, who still considers even 50% off
    another OEM's ink price is still far higher than a well made compatible.

    What would make for much more interesting reading would be learn what
    'protections' Kodak have in place to prevent the manufacture of
    compatibles for their new printers, I wonder?
    Siggy, Feb 9, 2007
  5. Sure if you don't mind the possible consequences of using compatibles:

    Ink fading, printer clogging and the issues related to mismatched
    profiles with chosen paper media.
    Of course YMMV.
    Little Green Eyed Dragon, Feb 9, 2007
  6. Mark²

    Siggy Guest

    It does indeed.
    Siggy, Feb 9, 2007
  7. At least for the next few months or maybe a few years. ;^)
    Little Green Eyed Dragon, Feb 10, 2007
  8. Mark²

    CJS Guest

    You might be interested to read an interview with Henry Wilhelm - the man
    behind the company that does the longevity testing for just about every
    fine art printer manufacturer on the planet.


    Of note is the section where he talks about a given longevity test result
    being valid ONLY for a specific ink / paper combination. When some company
    comes out and says "our ink has been shown to last up to 200 years etc" it's
    a meaningless statement unless they also specify what paper (and conditions)
    the tests are conducted under.

    Personally, I use refilled carts in my office printer (to print invoices
    etc) - hell, a refil costs me approx 1/10th the cost of a new one - but when
    it comes to fine art printing I only use original ink - although I do bring
    them in from overseas to save sacrificing arms and legs to local suppliers.
    CJS, Feb 10, 2007
  9. I read something on that which more or less says the very thing, it was
    in Digital photo magazine a long while ago.

    I don't use inkjets for office stuff, just a monochrome laser. The
    blinking ink low light has been that way for over a year. Until I see
    gaps I probably won't replace the cartridge. Its produced 1,000's of
    prints from the originally supplied cartridge.

    I currently have three printers:
    1280 and the HP 1320.

    I use the 1280 to make custom brochures, and have a CIS for it which is
    currently offline, once I get my office in my basement complete I'll
    reinstall it for that stuff, and my per print cost will drop to about 25
    cents per color print.

    I use the R1800 for any client work up to 13 across.
    Little Green Eyed Dragon, Feb 11, 2007
  10. As Wilhelm himself found out the hard way, having made just such an
    unqualified endorsement of specific Epson ink/paper combinations a few
    years ago and never even considered the issue of whether atmospheric
    oxygen would bleach the ink! His endorsement cost Epson rather a lot in
    replacement product and consumables at the time, but it did accelerate
    their introduction of encapsulated pigments.
    Kennedy McEwen, Feb 11, 2007
  11. Mark²

    Father Kodak Guest

    How do you accomplish that?

    I thought I read somewhere that Epson (?) printers sold in the USA
    will not function with imported cartridges.

    Father Kodak
    Father Kodak, Feb 20, 2007
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