The fight between printer manufacturers and their customers using third party ink continues. Epson’s firmware update that just up and killed third party cartridges and the ability to use them was another shot at the end user. I fear that we will continue to overpay for ink and toner, just as much as we do for a dose of Tylenol at the hospital.

Epson is facing a class-action suit from disgruntled US punters sick of being told what sort of ink cartridges to put in their machines.

Of course it is a cliché of printers that they send dismal warnings of imminent destruction if owners dare to go with cartridges bought from anywhere but the machine’s manufacturer.