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Are most home printers purchased where ink is? (MetaFAQs)

Our research shows that most home printers are purchased in one type of outlet, and ink bought somewhere else.

For home printers, Discount retail store such as Wal-Mart or Target and Consumer electronics stores such as Best Buy collectively account for nearly half of the outlets where home printers are purchased. By contrast, consumer electronics stores account for only one in nine home printer ink purchase outlets. Instead, half of printer ink outlets are Office supply retailers such as Office Depot and discount retail stores.metafacts-metafaqs-mq0009-2016-11-02_10-57-55

It’s a conflict that has been a conundrum for printer manufacturers for many years. Subscription services such as Hewlett Packard’s Instant Ink have started to change the formula. These programs bypass brick-and-mortar and online retailers alike to entice many printer users to simply buy direct. They also have the benefit to printer manufacturers of reducing consumer’s consideration of options for buying and using refilled ink.

This is based on our most recent research among 7,336 US adults as part of the Technology User Profile (TUP) 2016 survey.

This MetaFAQs research result addresses one of the many questions profiling active technology users.

Many other related answers are part of the full TUP service, available to paid subscribers. The TUP chapters with the most information about activities is the TUP 2016 Printers Chapter.

These MetaFAQs are brought to you by MetaFacts, based on research results from their most-recent wave of Technology User Profile (TUP).

For more information about MetaFacts and subscribing to TUP, please contact MetaFacts.

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Imaging and Printing – solid market research from MetaFacts Technology User Profile

Extensive information about technology imaging and printing is available in TUP – Technology User Profile.

Consumer opinions on imaging and printing can urge a market toward higher-level technologies in what once seemed like unexpected places for imaging, such as mobile devices.  An increase in camera phone use, or printing images from one’s mobile device might signal both digital camera and smartphone developers to step it up a notch.

Below are a few examples of questions addressed in TUP related to technology consumer demographics. The full TUP service enables drilling down beyond the answers to these questions to identify which other technologies, services and behaviors are disruptive and to profile which market segments are and aren’t adopting. TUP is much more than a one-dimensional market view or opinion piece.

  • Where do people buy their printer supplies?
  • Beyond paper or plastic: which types of ink & toner are printer users buying? New or refilled?  Original or competitor?
  • To what extent have Dell and Lexmark penetrated the printer market? Which segments have they penetrated? What is Hewlett Packard’s share among Dell computer owners and Dell or Lexmark printer owners and has this changed?
  • Special printer paper? Who uses it and what for? Is it only photos, or something else?
  • Where are printer users buying their printer supplies? Are these the same channels as where they buy their printers?
  • How rich is the user’s printing experience? Do they use only one printer or more than one? For multi-printer users, which ones do they use? Who are the most-active printer users?
  • What is the breakdown of printer types and brands among workplace PCs users?  How does this compare to printers used in the home?
  • Do mobile PC users print differently than desktop users? Do the more-mobile use more or fewer printers? Do the more-mobile print different content?
  • How does Hewlett Packard’s market share differ among the different types of printers (inkjet, multifunction, laser, etc.)?
  • Who is printing coupons?
  • What are the major activities that people do with their printers?
  • What do users sync or “store” in the cloud? How do users share images – social networking sites or photo-specific sites? Which users are the most active?
  • What is the frequency of printer consumables purchase?
  • Who are the people who shop for technology products on the web, but purchase at a local retail outlet?
  • What are the leading PC brands among Hewlett Packard printer users?  How does this differ for the other major printer vendors?
  • Who are the people moving from inkjet printers to laser printers?  How about the other way around?  Are these new printers replacement printers, or additional printers?
  • What are the most common documents (maps, spreadsheets, photos, etc.) that consumers print on their inkjet printers?   How about their laser printers?
  • How does the life and lifespan of a PC vary by form factor? Does it vary by brand? By user segment? By tech spending behavior?
  • How is HP’s PC penetration within the overall HP footprint?
  • What channels do people use for buying PCs? How about printers and printer supplies? How do Best Buy customers compare to Office Depot of Staples shoppers?
  • What other items (printers, software, monitors/displays, extended service plan, etc.) do people typically buy with their PC purchase?
  • How prominent is printing images from mobile phones? How about from tablets?
  • How much have PC users integrated PCs into their personal lives?
  • Who’s busiest – desktop users or notebook users? How do their profiles differ?
  • Tech adoption cycles may not be as fast as the tech-focused think. How many and which users still use older tech products?
  • Which segments are keeping their files, calendars, or other information synchronized or backed up online?
  • Which tech buyers focus more on retail than shopping online and vice versa?
  • Who spends the most hours online?
  • Do PC users behave differently as they gain more experience? Are Newbies or Vets mostly focusing on certain activities versus a broad mixture?
  • Who are the biggest tech spenders? Which segments spend the most and least for devices? How does spending for tech services differ?
  • Is social networking only for certain age groups?
  • How does PC and online usage vary across segments such as workplace company size or industry?
  • Age-related market adoption – which products and services are age-skewed? Which are skewed toward older rather than younger users?
  • Which segments are utilizing cloud storage or sharing services? For which activities?

If solid answers to any of these questions would help your work in creating the future, please contact MetaFacts.

MetaFacts, Inc. helps technology marketers find and measure their best and future customers.

Current subscribers of Technology User Profile may obtain this information directly from MetaFacts, as well as additional customized drilling down into the full dataset.

For more information on the results delivered in TUP and about how to subscribe, please contact MetaFacts.

The above questions are answered with the TUP 2012 edition, and most are also answered in the TUP 2011 edition for ready trend comparison.

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Multi-Platform Usage Shifts-Solid market research from MetaFacts Technology User Profile

  • Are Smartphones replacingcou PCs? Have they already? Which market segments have and which haven’t?
  • Have netbooks, tablets, and eReaders replaced desktops?
  • Have GPS/PND devices been replaced by direction-finding smartphone apps?

Extensive solid information about multi-platform usage shifts–who accesses what technology, and where and how they do it–is available in TUP – Technology User Profile.

As consumers’ options for communication, entertainment, and organization grow, one thing seems to stay the same:  change. The more choices that choosy consumers have, the more choices they want, and if they can get it all in one package–even better. But that may not mean that smartphones are replacing PCs–when you can have all the options in one place, certain consumers prefer a few devices to choose between.

Below are a few examples of questions addressed in TUP related to the multi-platform reality. The full TUP service enables drilling down beyond the answers to these questions to identify which other technologies, services and behaviors are disruptive and to profile which market segments are and aren’t adopting. TUP is much more than a one-dimensional market view or opinion piece, since it provides dynamic data to answer the following key questions, as well as many others.

  • Is the smartphone killing PC shopping?
  • Which segments are keeping their files, calendars, or other information synchronized or backed up online?
  • How are users communicating, given all their communication options?
  • Primacy – what is the center of the user’s world? Their home PC, work PC, mobile phone? Is it one device or many?
  • How many screens do people view? Which market segments view more screens than other segments?
  • Are PC users primarily accessing the Internet at home, in the workplace, using friends or neighbor’s computers, or in public places such as libraries or cybercafés? Which users use other’s PCs and which have many to choose from? Are smartphones or netbooks changing this?
  • What is the mix of communication products and services – landline, wireless, email, IM, etc. – by segment?
  • Who is videoconferencing, and using which platform?
  • Which segments are the most music-intensive? What is the overlap of music-centered products and services by segment?
  • To what extent does game-playing drive online usage specifically and tech usage overall?
  • How many and which segments are watching and renting movies on which platforms?
  • Netbooks – how soon and with which market segments?
  • Multitasking – who’s using lots of devices for lots of apps, few devices many apps, etc.?
  • What is the impact on privacy in use of social networking?
  • Who is using mobile payments?
  • How have PC/Online & Mobile Phone activities changed? How might this affect apps?
  • Do game players bring their gaming with them into the workplace? To what extent? Which market segment does this the most?
  • Who are the true early adopters and laggards? How does this vary by actual usage of specific products and technologies?
  • Which smartphone OS is leading, and with which market segments?
  • How much have PC users integrated PCs into their personal lives?
  • What do most people do with their mobile phone as compared to their PC? Which align with which platforms?
  • What do users sync or store in the cloud? How does this differ between mobile phones and PCs? How do users share images – social networking sites or photo-specific sites? Which users are the most active?
  • When do you grow up and give up on your Apple? When do get one again, if you do?
  • Who’s busiest – desktop users or notebook users? How do their profiles differ?
  • Netbooks – are they replacing notebooks? Stalling smartphones? Withering?
  • Which segments are using which devices & carriers? For which activities?
  • Age-related market adoption – which products and services are age-skewed? Which are skewed toward older rather than younger users?
  • Who is buying the highest-end PCs? Are there brand differences? What else do users buy and what else do they use?
  • What other activities are just outside the box for gamers? Online dating? Social Networking? Music? Movies? Entertainment in general?
  • Most-mobile customers – where do they go and what do they do?
  • iPhone users – who are they really? How do they compare with Android, Windows, and Blackberry users?
  • Entertainment primacy – what is the center of the user’s home entertainment world? Is it one device or many?
  • Which devices and services, and among which segments?
  • What types and combinations of consumer electronics are homes using and planning to use?
  • In reality, how deeply has the Apple iPod penetrated the market, and into which market segments?
  • How many people use calendars on their PC, their mobile phone, or both? Which types of people are these?
  • How are smartphones challenging mobile PCs? Which market segments are coalescing around which platforms?
  • Is email being replaced by alternatives such as social networking, texting, or IM?
  • How prominent is Home PC renting versus outright purchase?
  • Have game-players been the first to adopt new products such as the Apple iPhone? Or, are they generally later adopters?
  • Is it really one to a customer? How often are PCs shared? Which market segments use more than one PC?
  • What are the overall future trends for the Internet?
  • How has the division of work vs. personal use of technology products continued to blur?
  • Which tech buyers focus more on retail than shopping online and vice versa?
  • Which operating systems dominate within which segments?
  • How much of the game-playing population is older versus younger?
  • Special printer paper? Who uses it and what for? Is it only photos, or something else?
  • How are users incorporating digital images, through the use of digital cameras, scanners, downloading images, as well as how are they producing output?
  • What makes a smartphone a smartphone in the consumer’s eyes? How does usage compare to basic mobile phones? What are the user segments?
  • Which market segments are dating online? What else do they frequently do online?
  • What about the anti-social – those that aren’t in an online social network? Who are they?
  • How does the life and lifespan of a PC vary by form factor? Does it vary by brand? By user segment?
  • How prominent is printing images from mobile phones?
  • Tech adoption cycles may not be as fast as the tech-focused think. How many and which users still use film cameras?
  • Which segments are utilizing the cloud? For which activities?
  • Navigation, online maps, location-based mobile phone services, and GPS – who’s getting directions?
  • Are mobile computers used longer or shorter than desktops? If so, what’s the difference, and who uses them longest?
  • What are consumers planning to buy? (in consumer electronics, connected home, computers, Internet, etc.)
  • How much is assisted navigation part of life – and on which platform?
  • Do users find their PCs to be more useful or less useful? Which users are the most practically-oriented?
  • How tech-experienced are game-players?
  • Which market segments are renting movies? Are they renting DVDs at a retailer, by mail, or at a kiosk? Do they watch them online?
  • What happens to old PCs? Are they dumped? Recycled? Sold? Which segments dispose in which way?
  • What are the major activities that people do with their printers?
  • What is the tech-owning profile of active gamers? High-bandwidth or dial-up? Many consumer electronics entertainment products or focused on gaming? Many computers or few? How does this vary by segment?
  • How rich is the user’s printing experience? Do they use only one printer or more than one? For multi-printer users, which ones do they use? Who are the most-active printer users?
  • Do PC users behave differently as they gain more experience? Are Newbies or Vets mostly focusing on certain activities versus a broad mixture?
  • How do the market segments of mobile phone platforms vary?
  • How social-network active are the various tiers of gamers?
  • How central is game-playing to the general population? How about within certain key market segments?

If solid answers to any of these questions would help your work in creating the future, please contact MetaFacts.

MetaFacts, Inc. helps technology marketers find and measure their best and future customers.

Current subscribers of Technology User Profile may obtain this information directly from MetaFacts, as well as additional customized drilling down into the full dataset.

For more information on the results delivered in TUP and about how to subscribe, please contact MetaFacts.

The above questions are answered with the TUP 2010 edition, and even more questions are answered in the TUP 2011 edition.

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Tech Media, Advertising, TV – solid market research from MetaFacts Technology User Profile

Extensive information about tech media, advertising and TV is available in TUP – Technology User Profile.

Today’s media-savvy consumers may want their MTV, but they might seek alternative methods to get it.  Advertising seems to have become an option for the consumer, who today is able to bypass commercials, salespeople, and even email in favor of social networking and other sites.  Advertisers in this day and age have to be both flexible and targeted while ubiquitous in order to get their message across.

Below are a few examples of questions addressed in TUP related to tech media, advertising, and television. The full TUP service enables drilling down beyond the answers to these questions to identify which other technologies, services and behaviors are disruptive and to profile which market segments are and aren’t adopting. TUP is much more than a one-dimensional market view or opinion piece, since it delivers solid answers to the following questions, and more.

  • Which tech buyers focus more on retail than shopping online and vice versa?
  • Which segments are the most music-intensive? What is the overlap of music-centered products and services by segment?
  • What is the impact on privacy in use of social networking?
  • Most-mobile customers – where do they go and what do they do?
  • Who are the people who shop for technology products on the web, but purchase at a local retail outlet?
  • How many screens do people view? Which market segments view more screens than other segments?
  • How many and which segments are watching and renting movies on which platforms?
  • Entertainment primacy – what is the center of the user’s home entertainment world? Is it one device or many? Which devices and services, and among which segments?
  • Which smartphone OS is leading, and with which market segments?
  • Online shoppers – are they everyone, or unique?
  • How do online shopping activities differ between Hewlett Packard, Apple and Dell customers?
  • What do users sync or store in the cloud? How does this differ between mobile phones and PCs? How do users share images – social networking sites or photo-specific sites? Which users are the most active?
  • Who is videoconferencing, and using which platform?
  • How prominent is Home PC renting versus outright purchase?
  • How much of the game-playing population is older versus younger?
  • In reality, how deeply has the Apple iPod penetrated the market, and into which market segments?
  • Are PC users primarily accessing the Internet at home, in the workplace, using friends or neighbor’s computers, or in public places such as libraries or cybercafés? Which users use other’s PCs and which have many to choose from? Are smartphones or netbooks changing this?
  • Which market segments are blogging? How do they compare to social networkers?
  • Who are the true early adopters and laggards? How does this vary by actual usage of specific products and technologies?
  • What makes a smartphone a smartphone in the consumer’s eyes? How does usage compare to basic mobile phones? What are the user segments?
  • Who is buying the highest-end PCs? Are there brand differences? What else do users buy and what else do they use?
  • How have PC/Online & Mobile Phone activities changed? How might this affect apps?
  • Primacy – what is the center of the user’s world? Their home PC, work PC, mobile phone? Is it one device or many?
  • How does the life and lifespan of a PC vary by form factor? Does it vary by brand? By user segment?
  • Which PC brands dominate the PC market? How does this vary within brand segment?
  • Tech adoption cycles may not be as fast as the tech-focused think. How many and which users still use film cameras?
  • Is email dying being replaced by alternatives such as social networking, texting, or IM?
  • Which market segments are renting movies? Are they renting DVDs at a retailer, by mail, or at a kiosk? Do they watch them online?
  • How much have PC users integrated PCs into their personal lives?
  • How rich is the user’s printing experience? Do they use only one printer or more than one? For multi-printer users, which ones do they use? Who are the most-active printer users?
  • How has the division of work vs. personal use of technology products continued to blur?
  • What about the anti-social – those that aren’t in an online social network? Who are they?
  • What are consumers planning to buy? (in consumer electronics, connected home, computers, Internet, etc.)
  • Are Apple’s best customers really unique?
  • Beyond paper or plastic: which types of ink & toner are printer users buying? New or refilled? Original or competitor?
  • Which social networking sites are used most frequently by which segments?
  • What are the overall future trends for the Internet?
  • What about the unemployed? Are they more or are they less tech-focused?
  • What channels do people use for buying PCs? How about printers and printer supplies?
  • How tech-sophisticated are game-players, within key gaming segments?
  • What do most people do with their mobile phone as compared to their PC? Which align with which platforms?
  • Which industry groups have varied levels of adoption?
  • Where are printer users buying their printer supplies? Are these the same channels as where they buy their printers?
  • Do PC users behave differently as they gain more experience? Are Newbies or Vets mostly focusing on certain activities versus a broad mixture?
  • How are smartphones challenging mobile PCs? Which market segments are coalescing around which platforms?
    Used/Refurbished PCs – who buys them?
  • Which activities are different for dial-up than broadband? What’s driving bandwidth needs?
  • Which segments are using which devices & carriers? For which activities?
  • Which segments have recently paid for a downloaded mobile phone app?
  • Which market segments are dating online? What else do they frequently do online?
  • When do you grow up and give up on your Apple? When do get one again, if you do?
  • How many seniors are online? How is their behavior different than younger online users?
  • How important is privacy when getting rid of old computers?
  • Is it really one to a customer? How often are PCs shared? Which market segments use more than one PC?
  • Do users find their PCs to be more useful or less useful? Which users are the most practically-oriented?
  • How prominent is printing images from mobile phones?
  • Who is using mobile payments?
  • Is the smartphone killing PC shopping?
  • Netbooks – how soon and with which market segments?
  • Who’s busiest – desktop users or notebook users? How do their profiles differ?
  • Do game players bring their gaming with them into the workplace? To what extent? Which market segment does this the most?
  • To what extent have Dell and Lexmark penetrated the printer market? Which segments have they penetrated?
  • What is Hewlett Packard’s share among Dell computer owners and Dell or Lexmark printer owners and has this changed?
  • How do the market segments of mobile phone platforms vary?
  • How social-network active are the various tiers of gamers?
  • How are users communicating, given all their communication options?

If solid answers to any of these questions would help your work in creating the future, please contact MetaFacts.

MetaFacts, Inc. helps technology marketers find and measure their best and future customers.

For more information on the results delivered in TUP and about how to subscribe, please contact MetaFacts.

The above questions are answered with the TUP 2010 edition, and even more questions are answered in the TUP 2011 edition.

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Imaging and Printing – solid market research from MetaFacts Technology User Profile

Extensive information about technology imaging and printing is available in TUP – Technology User Profile.

Consumer opinions on imaging and printing can urge a market toward higher-level technologies in what once seemed like unexpected places for imaging, such as mobile devices.  An increase in camera phone use, or printing images from one’s mobile device might signal both digital camera and smartphone developers to step it up a notch.

Below are a few examples of questions addressed in TUP related to technology consumer demographics. The full TUP service enables drilling down beyond the answers to these questions to identify which other technologies, services and behaviors are disruptive and to profile which market segments are and aren’t adopting. TUP is much more than a one-dimensional market view or opinion piece.

  • To what extent have Dell and Lexmark penetrated the printer market? Which segments have they penetrated?
  • What is Hewlett Packard’s share among Dell computer owners and Dell or Lexmark printer owners and has this changed?
  • What is the breakdown of printer types and brands among workplace PCs users? How does this compare to printers used in the home?
  • How is HP’s PC penetration within the overall HP market footprint?
  • How rich is the user’s printing experience? Do they use only one printer or more than one? For multi-printer users, which ones do they use? Who are the most-active printer users?
  • Tech adoption cycles may not be as fast as the tech-focused think. How many and which users still use film cameras?
  • Special printer paper? Who uses it and what for? Is it only photos, or something else?
  • Where are printer users buying their printer supplies? Are these the same channels as where they buy their printers?
  • How does PC and online usage vary cross segments such as workplace company size or industry?
  • Where do people buy their printer supplies?
  • What is the frequency of printer consumables purchased?
  • Who are the people moving from ink-jet printers to laser printers? How about the other way around? Are these new printers replacement printers, or additional printers?
  • What are the leading PC brands among Hewlett Packard printer users? How does this differ for the other major printer vendors?
  • What do users sync or “store” in the cloud? How does this differ between mobile phones and PCs? How do users share images – social networking sites or photo-specific sites? Which users are the most active?
  • What are the major activities that people do with their printers?
  • Who are the people who shop for technology products on the web, but purchase at a local retail outlet?
  • What are the most common documents (maps, spreadsheets, photos, etc.) that consumers print on their ink-jet printers? How about their laser printers?
  • How prominent is printing images from mobile phones?
  • Beyond paper or plastic: which types of ink & toner are printer users buying? New or refilled? Original or competitor?
  • How does Hewlett Packard’s market share differ between the different types of printers (inkjet, multifunction, laser, etc.)?
  • How much have PC users integrated PCs into their personal lives?
  • What other items (printers, software, monitors/displays, extended service plan, etc.) do people typically buy with their PC purchase?
  • Which tech buyers focus more on retail than shopping online and vice versa?
  • How are users incorporating digital images, through the use of digital cameras, scanners, downloading images, as well as how are they producing output?
  • What channels do people use for buying PCs? How about printers and printer supplies?
  • How do online shopping activities differ between Hewlett Packard, Apple and Dell customers?
  • What peripherals and options do users purchase before they purchase their PC, with their PC, and after they’ve purchased their PC?
  • How has the division of work vs. personal use of technology products continued to blur?
  • Who is buying the highest-end PCs? Are there brand differences? What else do users buy and what else do they use?
  • Entertainment primacy – what is the center of the user’s home entertainment world? Is it one device or many?
  • Which segments are keeping their files, calendars, or other information synchronized or backed up online?
  • Which segments are utilizing the cloud? For which activities? Image sharing? Storage?
  • Do PC users behave differently as they gain more experience? Are Newbies or Vets mostly focusing on certain activities versus a broad mixture? Do they print differently?
  • What are the overall future trends for the Internet?
  • Who’s busiest – desktop users or notebook users? How do their profiles differ?
  • What are consumers planning to buy? (in consumer electronics, connected home, computers, Internet, etc.)
  • Is it really one to a customer? How often are PCs shared? Which market segments use more than one PC?
  • Is social networking only for certain age groups?
  • Do users find their PCs to be more useful or less useful? Which users are the most practically-oriented?
  • Which smartphone OS is leading, and with which market segments?
  • What about the anti-social – those that aren’t in an online social network? Who are they?
  • What’s typically bundled with a PC?
  • How many screens do people view? Which market segments view more screens than other segments?

If solid answers to any of these questions would help your work in creating the future, please contact MetaFacts.

MetaFacts, Inc. helps technology marketers find and measure their best and future customers.

Current subscribers of Technology User Profile may obtain this information directly from MetaFacts, as well as additional customized drilling down into the full dataset.

For more information on the results delivered in TUP and about how to subscribe, please contact MetaFacts.

The above questions are answered with the TUP 2010 edition, and even more questions are answered in the TUP 2011 edition.

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