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Antitrust Acts

Your Printer Warranty and You

A legitimate concern of many people is whether using generic or remanufactured cartridges in their printer voids the printer's warranty. Again the answer is no. Furthermore: you don't have to be intimidated when the printer people tell youthey will void your warranty on your equipment if you do not use the O.E.M. ink ortoner. Nor should you be intimidated if they should try to charge extra because you are not using the O.E.M. ink or toner. This is illegal for another reason and this is referred to as product linking. Check out the following Antitrust Act which deals with this exact question.

Sherman & Clayton Antitrust Acts

The Sherman Antitrust Act, a basic federal enactment regulating the operations of corporate trusts, was passed by the U.S. Congress in July 1890. The act declared illegal "every contract, combination in the form of trust or otherwise, or conspiracy, in restraint of trade or commerce among the several States, or with foreign nations."

The Clayton Antitrust Act was passed by the United States Congress in 1914 to prohibit certain monopolistic practices then common in finance, industry, and trade. The act covers corporate activities, remedies for reform, and labor disputes. The provisions relating to corporate activities declared illegal such practices as; local price-cutting to freeze out competitors, exclusive selling or leasing, and other forms of price discrimination.

How This Affects You!

These acts make it illegal for any printer manufacturer to require you to use any particular brand of supplies. An OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), or any other manufacturer, cannot void your printer warranty because you decided to use products they do not endorse. To enforce such policies is a direct violation of the Sherman & Clayton Antitrust Acts.

So don't be afraid to let your service providers or technicians know this if you feel that they are limiting your choice to choose your own cartridge supplier.


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