Surprise … another increase to your HP Instant Ink subscription

I’ve just got an email from HP stating that they are increasing my subscription from January 2024. It has previously increased from £1.99 to £2.99.. then another hike in January… to £3.99! The shareholders are going to be very happy! Sadly I will not be paying 100% extra for subscription and contributing to their extortionate profits. Are you having a laugh!  
When my HP printer eventually stops working efficiently (it’s already playing up!) I am likely going to buy an alternative make.
ps It is good practice for companies to retain loyal customers, not alienate them! Happy Christmas HP  
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  • Did you also stop buying bread and milk when the prices rose? How about fuel - petrol,  diesel, gas, electricity,  etc? The prices of those  items have also risen markedly over the last year or so.

    Feel free to buy or not buy whatever you want, but don't assume that all companies are just trying to rip you off - none of them are immune from the current world  inflationary pressures. 
  • cymruchris
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    That's the subscription model for you.

    Better to buy something that's subscription free where possible and not get tied into long term commitments where they are free to raise or lower (mostly raise) the price as they see fit.

    Epson tank printers are available that you can top up whenever you want from a large bottle of ink - and the bottles are a tenner a piece roughly and last ages.

    Other options are also available.
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  • EssexExile
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    No increase to my 99p HP Instant Ink subscription. Yet.
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  • kevlar68 said:
    I’ve just got an email from HP stating that they are increasing my subscription from January 2024. It has previously increased from £1.99 to £2.99.. then another hike in January… to £3.99! The shareholders are going to be very happy! Sadly I will not be paying 100% extra for subscription and contributing to their extortionate profits. Are you having a laugh!  
    When my HP printer eventually stops working efficiently (it’s already playing up!) I am likely going to buy an alternative make.
    ps It is good practice for companies to retain loyal customers, not alienate them! Happy Christmas HP  
    Snap. Whilst it is a good service and in the main trouble free, there comes a time when you think, is it worth it. I thought not. I notified them i aum to discontinue and dropped the machine in a skip. Last month. 

    Now I miss it. However the wise and the good on mse tell me the way forward is an inkjet printer. That may well be the outcome. 


  • SiliconChip
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    edited 21 February at 5:48PM
    kevlar68 said:
    I’ve just got an email from HP stating that they are increasing my subscription from January 2024. It has previously increased from £1.99 to £2.99.. then another hike in January… to £3.99! The shareholders are going to be very happy! Sadly I will not be paying 100% extra for subscription and contributing to their extortionate profits. Are you having a laugh!  
    When my HP printer eventually stops working efficiently (it’s already playing up!) I am likely going to buy an alternative make.
    ps It is good practice for companies to retain loyal customers, not alienate them! Happy Christmas HP  
    However the wise and the good on mse tell me the way forward is an inkjet printer. That may well be the outcome. 



    I think you'll find that the wise and the good will say that the way forward is a monochrome laser printer (I've just installed a replacement for my previous one today).
  • Oh well, this time it’s only 33% not 50%, mind you that equates to 100% over the original 1.99
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  • unforeseen
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    I'm still on £0.00 
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    edited 21 February at 5:48PM
    kevlar68 said:
    I’ve just got an email from HP stating that they are increasing my subscription from January 2024. It has previously increased from £1.99 to £2.99.. then another hike in January… to £3.99! The shareholders are going to be very happy! Sadly I will not be paying 100% extra for subscription and contributing to their extortionate profits. Are you having a laugh!  
    When my HP printer eventually stops working efficiently (it’s already playing up!) I am likely going to buy an alternative make.
    ps It is good practice for companies to retain loyal customers, not alienate them! Happy Christmas HP  
    However the wise and the good on mse tell me the way forward is an inkjet printer. That may well be the outcome. 



    I think you'll find that the wise and the good will say that the way forward is a monochrome laser printer (I've just installed a replacement for my previous one today).
    Hi, if you're happy with yours, could i have link and cost please. 
  • cerebus
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    Did you also stop buying bread and milk when the prices rose? How about fuel - petrol,  diesel, gas, electricity,  etc? The prices of those  items have also risen markedly over the last year or so.

    Feel free to buy or not buy whatever you want, but don't assume that all companies are just trying to rip you off - none of them are immune from the current world  inflationary pressures. 
    Not by 33% they haven't! There is no excuses for rising the price so much its pure profiteering and greed

    Op if I was you I would vote with your feet or look for other solutions like refilling your own cartridges or buying copies 
  • As just one example, according to the RAC Foundation average petrol prices rose by over 75% between May 2020 and July 2022, and there was a steady increase over those 2 years.

    I wonder at which point the Op decided to stop buying petrol during that period because he was being ripped off?

    That's just one example of price rises - there are many others!

    https://www.racfoundation.org/data/uk-pump-prices-over-time
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