The Worst Timeline: A Printer Company Is Putting DRM In Paper Now

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Because label printers use heat instead of ink to print, Dymo has turned to a different printing method to exploit more profit: paper. Dymo’s latest printer models now authenticate label rolls using RFID technology that lock out customers from using anything other than their rolls. Although they claim to offer quality-of-life improvements like auto-sensing and auto-counting of labels, it’s hard to swallow when Dymo labels are two to five times more expensive than their competitors. Read full article here

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