I have a lot of meters that I didn't pay a nickel for but the strips are about a dollar apiece.
I re-read an article of 2008 vintage that stated that ink prices were at $8000/gal.. Without the math that's better or close to what the price of gold is or revals it. I'm sure everyone here knows they practically give the printer away just to get it on the backend, with ink cart buys later. if you think about it, the materials to go into making ink carts just isn't rocket science and really is common stuff. The electronics on the carts while meant to produce ink "jets", more effort in the chips to defeat refills is common. All-in-all, its practically a "conspiracy" to have pricing so high and/or remain so for so long. Why, since all ink makers do this and there hasn't been a price reduction of any great significance that I can recall. What do you think? -----Willy