The technologies are inextricably linked. Computers, printers, and accessories create a business ecosystem since they cannot work out in isolation. Though the market volume is much dependent upon the principal application, the accessories are market drivers and create a lot of buzz in online stationery stores and comparison sites. They belong to a product category that exhausts or expires after usage creating a recurring demand.
Whence calculating the market size we cannot neglect the consumer who guided is by sound business principles, and global trends. Product choice is always dominated by consumer preferences and the industrial applications.
Thermal paper, Ink cartridges, and inked ribbons are perhaps the most traded accessories. They form a substantial volume of sales as printer accessories online and in stationery shops. Although sales of each item vary in value nevertheless, they together constitute impressive sales volume internationally.
The trade volume is related to the usage of technology, but even printers that first evolved are still in use today. They will continue to cross over market challenges as their application is not only technology dependent but many factors rule. Demand, the economy of use, and ease of usage all play an important role in stabilizing old technologies.
The purpose and applications differ hence they will remain in their slots with little threat from each other.
pateluday, Thank you for pictures, practicalities and products.
It's almost necessary with the limitations of inked ribbons and the shelf-life of inkjet cartridges to have both sets of compatible printers and inks...until one or the other overcomes the drawbacks and leaps ahead of the other. Or will thermal printers outdistance them both?