I chanced upon a blog entry which discusses on the proposal of the National Conference on Weights and Measures to indicate or disclose the ink volume on the inkjet cartridge label. According to the post, the conference will take place this month in Nashville, Tennessee.
From a consumer’s point of view, this proposal is highly-commendable. Even I would support this proposal. The disclosure of ink volume on the cartridge can help justify the amount of money that consumers have to pay when buying printer cartridges. If the consumers know that they are paying for the “right” amount of ink, then they would probably not complain as much as they do now.
Disclosing the ink volume on the cartridge label will also settle the issue on whether or not printer manufacturers are milking money from consumers by selling expensive OEM ink cartridges. If these printer manufacturers can make the consumers see that their ink cartridge products have greater ink volumes and can print more pages than the other brands in the market, then consumers may prefer buying OEM cartridges.
On the side of printer manufacturers, they will surely reject their proposal. For one, it is true that they can make more money out of selling ink cartridges than from selling the printer devices. Standardizing the ink content of ink cartridges may cause some of these printer manufacturers to lose some profit.
As expected, the mere mention of this proposal has prompted printer manufacturers to release statements that, in accordance to the provisions of the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act, they do not have to disclose the ink volume in their cartridge products.