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Best drum for Brother - and a complete ripoff.
Reviewed in the United States on March 5, 2020
Let's just say what everyone knows: Brother makes a fantastic printer that sells for an affordable price...and then gouges you on supplies.
Today I need to order a new drum and the price, at this moment , is $101 for this item. Which is just $18 less than I paid for the entire printer.
It's a great product. But the Brother business model is exploitative. I'd rather have paid 3X the price for the printer and seen Brother make their money on THAT sale than to have to spend nearly the cost of the printer every time I need a new drum.
For the record, 3rd party drums are available and they're often a better value. But I've had some that caused paper jams (whereas the Brother does not) and the 3rd party drums don't seem to last as long.
I don't begrudge a business the opportunity to earn a fair price for fair value. But the printer industry as a whole is known for this kind of gouging business model. This Brother drum is no exception.