The higher the score, the more ethical the company. Click on a product name to see the stories behind the score (subscribers only).Full Scorecard The Full Scorecard shows the 'black marks' for each product, by each of the 17 negative categories. So for example a big black circle under 'Worker Rights' shows that the company making this product has been severely criticised for worker abuses. A small circle means that half a mark is deducted, a large circle means that a full mark is deducted.The lack of competition has led to high ink prices and profits, according to the study.The available evidence and this study’s analysis suggests that competition in the inkjet printer and ink sectors is not as intense as it would be, if consumers were made more aware of the cost implications of their printer choices.I was thrilled that my Brother-in-law gave me his HP Photosmart C6100 All-in-One.Then I had learned it uses 5 color cartridges that now contain chips that cannot be reset so supposedly, you can't refill the cartridges, but worse, the ink has an expiration date so that half full cartridges have to be thrown out because these cartridges won't work after the expiration date.Because consumers are not given sufficient information of the cost of printing, they are frequently lured into buying what appear to be inexpensive printers, only to find they will pay substantially more for ink.With the spread of computers into the average household, the costs of related technologies have become a source of rising concern to consumers, including an increased awareness of computer printing costs.
Edit I appologise it should have read, if you have the none A version you can't refill them!In fact, according a study – “Inkjet prices, Printing Costs and Consumer Welfare” – written by Tele Nomic Research and released by the American Consumer Institute, not only are inkjet prices exorbitantly high, but they have, by one estimate in the study, increased many times faster than the rate of inflation.The combination of the lack of price competition and barriers to entry has resulted in a concentrated market, as depicted below.Choosing a printer can be tricky, as there are so many different types on the market.You not only have to choose between technologies, such as inkjet and laser, but also between printers with different levels of functionality.