Technology was supposed to bring forth a paperless environment. Instead, the widespread availability of cheap printers is threatening to generate a mountain of "disposable printers" as people find out it is cheaper to buy printers rather than the replacement cartridges.
The advent of the first GBP 9.99 printer at E-tailer Oyyy is a case in point. The Olivetti ANY_WAY multifunction printer costs half the price of one replacement cartridge.
The printer comes with two cartridges - one colour and one black - and you need not be a rocket scientist to calculate that it would be cheaper to buy a printer and take out the two cartridges to make a 75 percent savings.
Doing it once is OK, but you can be sure that some smart customers will build a stock of replacement cartridges buy purchasing several of those printers - many of which will end up as e-waste.
The "razor blade" tactics though could backfire if more consumers turn smarter which in turn will generate more e-waste.