It's the Gillette business model: Give away the razor and sell the blades.
In your case, I recommend refilling the cartridges. We just bought a set of
refillable cartridges (six) for $13 from an Ebay seller. Even if you DON'T
refill them, the initial charge of ink (included) is still way cheaper than
OEM replacement cartridges.
I prefer to use the genuine HP ink. Its why i use an HP printer. On
the occasions i print color, i don't need any cheap assed wanna be ink
in my printer. I refilled back in the day, and all i can say is "BTDT".
remove the "not" from my address to email
What kind of ballast did either light have? I'll make a SWAG
that the heavy copper wire ballast will now be more costly than
an electronic switching ballast with small light transformers.
At one time electronic ballasts were more expensive than boat
I service roll laminators for a living around pittsburgh. They put
plastic on paper think menus.
I try to buy junk GBC ultimate 65 laminators to use for parts.
The machines retail street price is 1500 bucks
Rollers at 500 bucks each, for 4 and other parts like main board make
repairing them expensive. GBCs profit center must be parts a 6 bucks
circuit breaker from digi key is sold by GBC for about 30 bucks.
Of course their labor rate just went up again to $250 to $300 bucks
for the first hour:(
Some companies dont want people to fix stuff there must be tremendous
big bucks in importing china and korean made products
Rubbermaid uses economy of scale by packaging complete mailbox
assemblies and shipping them to retailers through an established
distribution network. Replacement parts are a deviation from the norm,
and prices reflect the increased cost of maintaining a supply of
replacement parts and specially delivering them to the consumer.
The difference between this example and that of the mailbox is that the
bulb is a consumable item. Otherwise the same pricing principles apply.
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