HP Charges an Arm and a Leg for Printer Memory Upgrades

. Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Today of my company's managers complained to my boss - infrastructure manager about his print job sometime getting stuck at the printer.
He's currently using as personal printer HP Laserjet 1300n something model, you know compact, w/o even lcd screen.
Since this person is probably a 2nd most important person in multi-million company my manager decides to make him happy we just going to buy him a new, more powerful model.

HP LaserJet P3005dn fitted the needs and bill perfectly. Currently in ballpark of $449 with HUGE $400 off promotion running until end of July.
Next step is attempt to beef up the printer even further we decide to expand the memory and this where we hit the brakes.

Whooa !! $599 [US] for 256mb!!!!

I couldn't believe my eyes !! Remember then I told you about HP just rebrands the memory its sells and charges extra, but this comes as a shocker even to me, a seasoned IT veteran.

40 TIMES Markup !!!

Even a simple HP product number search will reveal same or compatible item for under $40
A bit more digging around I found out HP uses standard notebook memory modules for this printer, more specifically: DDR2 PC2-3200 144 Pin SO-Dimm.
Here and here you can purchase it for $14.99 and they even tell you it's HP Printer compatible :)