PRINTERS ARE BECOMING HARDER TO HACK, BUT ONE ARTIST HAS BECOME A CHEMIST, PROGRAMMER, AND MACHINIST IN ORDER TO GET EXTRAORDINARY RESULTS FROM HIS MACHINES.
Have you bought ink for your printer lately? If so, you probably felt a little annoyed with the manufacturer. For starters, there’s the horrendous cost — a full round of inkjet cartridges at Staples runs nearly half the cost of the printer itself. Printers are one of those famous loss-leader products like razors and kerosene lamps; you pay almost nothing for the gadget, then they gouge you on the supplies. Analysts estimate that the three big printer makers — Canon, HP, and Epson — make roughly two-thirds of their revenue from supplies.
But beyond the economics ...