Hewlett Packard said today that it had no immediate plans to introduce a vending service for its printer consumables here in the UK or Europe.
That followed a large wave of advertising and below-the-line campaigns in the US when HP announced it would sell consumables for its products via slot machines.
The news was greeted with disbelief by UK distributors which sell both HP products and consumables.
One, who wished to remain unnamed, told 'VNU Newswire' today: "We only make .175 of one per cent on consumables we sell."
That would tempt him to shift from selling HP to Kyocera printers, he said.
An advertising campaign in the UK trade press this week offered UK distributors a bigger margin from Kyocera printers than HP ones.
HP refused to comment today.
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