1) What is the most refill friendly printer? and
2) What is the least refill friendly printer?
With around 100 votes in so far, there is an interesting picture that is being painted by voters.
Lexmark is clearly in the lead as the "least refill friendly" printer, with 35% of respondents choosing that brand over any other. This is not surprising given the high failure rate of Lexmark original ink cartridges (most in the aftermarket industry would agree that the quality of Lexmark cartridges is inferior to other brands - the print heads clog frequently, they wear out faster than other brands among other technical problems). The voting is also not surprising given 2 other well publicized tactics by Lexmark:
- The Lexmark prebate program (forcing customers to return cartridges to Lexmark that were offered for sale at a discount - essentially removing them from the pool of refillable cartridges), and
- The Lexmark firmware / chip encoding issue (according to SCC and other industry giants, Lexmark is purposely causing their printers to not recognize refilled cartridges through firmware updates)