Investing In 3D-Printer INK Manufacturers - Energy & Capital NewsletterSubmitted by The Rascible Ch... on Mon, 09/30/2013 - 17:28
I'm not a financial adviser and don't own any stocks, but I do subscribe to two investing newsletters because they are pro-Ron Paul, gold and free markets. Today I got an email from Energy and Capital with some sage advice I feel, on the future growth of 3D printing and the market for the ink:
..."One of the first things we notice is that industry sales doubled over this six-year period, from about $1.5 billion to $3 billion. That's pretty impressive.
But it's certainly not the heart of the story.
If we break down the printing industry during this time, we see something interesting unfolding: While printer sales were seeing minimal gains, the growth in ink and media was simply massive.
The reason for this is quite simple. Complementary goods and supplies offer consistent streaming revenue, while hardware eventually saturates the market.
Once everyone had a printer, demand for hardware diminished, and demand for supplies grew.
This forced original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to gouge ink prices to make up for diminished printer sales. (If you've purchased an ink-cartridge within the past decade, you are well aware of how much these companies have been ripping off consumers.)"...
So again, I'm not an adviser or even an investor, but this advice seems sound enough, and a few clicks around their site and you'll find a reference to Ron Paul and other good stuff. And we can't forget that quote by King Gillette about not wanting to be in the razor business unless he could get in on the blades. Not finding it on brainyquote but I'll keep looking...