Re: HP still sells printers?
No they don't. They are selling ink. The printers are only a necessary means of empting the ink cartridges as soon as possible.
For me HP printers are dead for several reasons. One of them is county coding the cartridges. In the last 15 years I changes my country of residence 4 times and shipped my complete household including IT equipment overseas. I bought an HP printer specifically because it was specified to work with both 100 and 240V. And then I realized that the only way to get refill ink is either to ship it in from overseas or to buy hacked refill cartridges at EBay.
Another problem are the drivers. Over the years HP drivers evolved from simple drivers to a complex and bloated mess of crapware.
Finally their hardware seems to be carefully crafted for planned obsolescence. It was interesting to see the various parts fail one after another. The most messy story was the failure of the print head deflation. That was done by a plastic cogwheel, pushing up a spring via a lever. The force of the lever caused the cogwheel to crack and thus no deflation happened. Instead of air flowing in, ink spilled out from the print head into the printer and ultimately over my furniture, hands, clothes, ... Oh, and only this cogwheel that had to withstand the lever's forces was made of plastic. The rest was good solid metal. Interesting choice of material.
Ironically without these shenanigans they would not only have sold far more ink to me over the printer lifetime, but I would still use the printer and continue to buy their ink. As it is, some other company sold me my next printer. Back to evil school for HP management. Perhaps they'll learn something.