Originally Posted by hellosailor
Acually, Ritchard, razor blade marketing has changed. They no longer give away razors, or flashlights. Discount coupons and special bundles, yes, but no more freebies. They've found out that you can SELL the product (like the fuel cells) and still have a captive market for the refills. The Black Art of Marketing. Companies that master it in any one of many ways, make good profits. I'm sure the purity of the fuel source DOES count for something. I just get an allergic response to proprietary special solutions and bundles.
I think that the classic razor marketing model (to which I was really referring) is alive and well and is now called ink jet printers.
Above I referred to a future time/product. I think that as these units proliferate and more manufacturers enter the space, the proprietary fuel issue will go away.