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Lest we begin to believe that Epson is alone in seeming to derive the bulk of their revenue from consumables, I refer other readers to a daily newsletter I get, called LockerGnome. In the June 13th issue, a portion reads in part: "One subscriber, Brian Eickholt, brings forth a word of caution: 'HP has recently been fixing the lower-priced printers so their consumables don't last as long. The three HP printers I know about are the 612C, 812C and the 940. All three of these printers use a special black cartridge that looks like a normal cartridge, but only holds 21ml of ink in comparison to 42ml of ink for the standard cartridges. The printers are designed to only accept these special cartridges and cannot use the standard cartridge. The kicker is that both cartridges usually cost the price at the store, so in the end, you pay twice as much for the same amount of ink. I am not sure about other manufacturers of printers if they use similar tactics on their lower priced printers.' " Following this is a similar venting about Lexmark. If interested, others may read the full issue at http://www.lockergnome.com/issues/daily/20020613.html Jim Wingo - Turn off HTML mail features. Keep quoted material short. Use accurate subject lines. http://www.leben.com/lists for list instructions.