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# 106527 25-Jul-2012 19:37
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Received a flyer today for the Printers in Homes Charitable Foundation

The gist of it is that they will subsidise your ink cartridges as long as you buy them from Inkpost.

Their website is www.printersinhomes.org not www.printersinhomes.org.nz as printed on the flyer.

Your thoughts on this?

I haven't worked out the cost savings but have done a bit of other research but will let you supersleaths have a poke around before I comment further


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  # 662012 25-Jul-2012 20:42
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Well the first thing I notice is that the "Printers in Homes Charitable Foundation" is in fact not a registered charitable foundation at all. Something they don't really make clear enough is that Printers in Homes is InkPost.

Basically the plan seems to be that they subsidise cartridges that you buy from themselves, but you have to commit to buying a minimum per month - and you commit to purchasing enough ink to print at least 350 pages per month (I honestly don't know many people that print that much).

It's unlikely that there's an ulterior motive, or even a profit motive, but it pays to be absolutely clear these days what with the number of dodgy "charities" out there scamming money.

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  # 662029 25-Jul-2012 21:16
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It stinks of a tax scam.  As pointed out, they aren't listed on the registry of charities held by Internal Affairs; I imagine there would be a substantial penalty for representing themselves as a charity...

 
 
 
 


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  # 662216 26-Jul-2012 10:15
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They say everyone qualifies. Free printer + fixed costs per month for ink on direct debit. There is a graph with the claim that the service is cheaper than their associated business InkPost. The associated business InkPost also offers a plan including a printer and fixed costs for ink. It is not 100% clear if the graph compares apples to apples. Not a bad service but it looks like a marketing angle rather than a foundation with a purely charitable purpose.

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  # 662219 26-Jul-2012 10:23
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I will be creating a business where everyone qualifies for a free smartphone but have to sign a 24 month contract.

Oh, wait... Some other commercial enterprises already do it.

In my opinion it sounds just like some company trying to get people hooked into paying monthly fees.




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