Edith Ramirez and Julie Brill and Maureen K. Ohlhause and Joshua D. Wright: Mandate pricing labels for printers so consumers know the cost of ink for every 1,000 sheets of color and black ink.
  • Petitioning Edith Ramirez

This petition will be delivered to:

FTC Commissioner
Edith Ramirez
FTC Commissioner
Julie Brill
FTC Commissioner
Maureen K. Ohlhause
FTC Commissioner
Joshua D. Wright

Edith Ramirez and Julie Brill and Maureen K. Ohlhause and Joshua D. Wright: Mandate pricing labels for printers so consumers know the cost of ink for every 1,000 sheets of color and black ink.

    1. Vinod T.
    2. Petition by

      Vinod T.

      West New York, NJ

At first regulating labels for printers sold in the United States may not seem like an important issue, but according to a recent study, Americans overspend up to $6 billion dollars buying ink cartridges because the proper information is not disclosed. There have been several class action lawsuits filed because consumers are getting more and more upset with the underhanded tactics printer manufacturers have been doing for decades. 

Customers can not judge the cost of printing based on the volume of the cartridge alone because each manufacturer uses different processes which increases or decreases printing efficiencies. 

As the NY Times reported, printer ink remains one of the most expensive liquids on the planet — more valuable than expensive perfumes. 

HP has been sued, Epson has been sued, Kodak has been sued, and Lexmark, Canon, Dell, and Brother have all been accused of the same practices. In many cases printer manufacturers are knowingly forcing customers to purchase more ink than they need by artificially preventing the device to print when it has been proven that more pages could be printed. Expiration dates, and firmware updates preventing third party cartridges from being utilized is another method.

It is time the FTC investigated this issue that is costing Americans billions of dollars a year. The FTC needs to mandate that printer manufacturers label how many pages can be printed. The mandate needs ensure that independent 3rd party laboratories corroborate these claims and consider that the calculation for black and white printers will be different for color printers that use multiple cartridges to print a single color page. 

Based on the collective loss involved, and the amount of civil lawsuits against printer manufacturers for this issue I believe that investigating and regulating the way printers are marketed and sold in the United States is far overdue.

 

Edith Rameriz, Julie Brill, Maureen K. Ohlhausen, Joshua D. Wright are the current FTC comissioners and I hope this petition will help bring the issue to their attention. 

To:
Edith Ramirez, FTC Commissioner
Julie Brill, FTC Commissioner
Maureen K. Ohlhause, FTC Commissioner
Joshua D. Wright, FTC Commissioner
Mandate pricing labels for printers so consumers know the cost of ink for every 1,000 sheets of color and black ink.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    1. Reached 25 signatures
    2. New Jersey State Senate approves a bill requiring similar labeling

      Vinod T.
      Petition Organizer
      N.J. Senate approves bill to require printer and ink cartridge manufacturers show costs

      TRENTON - Tired of running out of ink in your printer and spending money on costly refills? A bill that now heads to Gov. Chris Christie's desk aims to give you a heads up on how many pages you can expect to print with an ink cartridge.

    3. Reached 10 signatures

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    • Seth Meyers JANESVILLE, WI
      • 9 months ago

      Three price of printer ink is ridiculous. It's time for the ftc to regulate greedy printer companies who charge ridiculous amounts for a basic commodity, and artificially force printers to waste ink.

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    • David Turner GREENISLAND, UNITED KINGDOM
      • 9 months ago

      The price of ink these days is insane, often costing more than the printer itself.

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    • wayne lowery NEWPORT, NC
      • 9 months ago

      In order for people to "vote with their wallets" between their options for printers they need to know the cost of printing. A standard calculation of price per thousand pages would allow them to do so. As it is not in the businesses interests to do this the government should force them to do so in the interest of the people.

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    • Vinod T. WEST NEW YORK, NJ
      • 9 months ago

      We have all experienced frustration with printers. A 2008 study shows that as much as $6 billion dollars are lost due to the anti-consumer tactics that printer manufacturers have employed. It's time the FTC did something about it.

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