Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.

401 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 98


# 106527 25-Jul-2012 19:37
Send private message

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 not 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

Create new topic
3086 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 500


  # 662012 25-Jul-2012 20:42
Send private message

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.

656 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 20


  # 662029 25-Jul-2012 21:16
Send private message

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...



10818 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 1814

  # 662216 26-Jul-2012 10:15
Send private message

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.

BDFL - Memuneh
63906 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 14371

Lifetime subscriber

  # 662219 26-Jul-2012 10:23
Send private message

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.

Create new topic

Twitter and LinkedIn »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:

News »

Spark Sport launches across a range of new devices
Posted 22-Jul-2019 13:19

Dunedin selects Telensa to deliver smart street lighting for 15,000 LEDs
Posted 18-Jul-2019 10:21

Sprint announces a connected wallet card with built-in IoT support
Posted 18-Jul-2019 08:36

Educational tool developed at Otago makes international launch
Posted 17-Jul-2019 21:57

Symantec introduces cloud access security solution
Posted 17-Jul-2019 21:48

New Zealand government unveils new digital service to make business easier
Posted 16-Jul-2019 17:35

Scientists unveil image of quantum entanglement
Posted 13-Jul-2019 06:00

Hackers to be challenged at University of Waikato
Posted 12-Jul-2019 21:34

OPPO Reno Z now available in New Zealand
Posted 12-Jul-2019 21:28

Sony introduces WF-1000XM3 wireless headphones with noise cancellation
Posted 8-Jul-2019 16:56

Xero announces new smarter tools, push into the North American market
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:20

New report by Unisys shows New Zealanders want action by social platform companies and police to monitor social media sites
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:09

ASB adds Google Pay option to contactless payments
Posted 19-Jun-2019 17:05

New Zealand PC Market declines on the back of high channel inventory, IDC reports
Posted 18-Jun-2019 17:35

Air New Zealand uses drones to inspect aircraft
Posted 17-Jun-2019 15:39

Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.

Support Geekzone »

Our community of supporters help make Geekzone possible. Click the button below to join them.

Support Geezone on PressPatron

Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.