Another One Bites the Dust: Kodak to Scratch Consumer Printers From Roster

Kodak divisions are falling left and right as the company struggles to claw its way out of bankruptcy protection. After killing off its camera business and selling off its film business earlier this year, Kodak announced today that it will shortly be pulling out of the consumer printing business in order to focus on commercial printing.

It expects to stop selling consumer inkjet printers sometime in 2013, focusing instead on more lucrative commercial printing devices, such as the kind found at your local drug store. If you’ve just recently shelled out some cash for a Kodak printer, dont worry: the company says that it’s got your back, and will continue to provide the supplies (e.g. ink) your printer will need to keep running.

The press release sent out today also contains more bad news for people still employed with the company. Kodak says it’ll be handing out another 1,200 pink slips in order to reduce its global headcount by 23% to 13,100 employees. This is higher than the 1,000 figure we reported earlier this month, but means that Kodak will save $340 million per year instead of $330 million (the math seems a bit funny).

If it does finally emerge from bankruptcy sometimes in the next few years, it’s pretty clear now that Kodak won’t look anything like the once-powerful photo industry company that we knew and loved.

Image credit: Kodak Printer by DanieleCivello

  • jdm8

    Kodak printers were terrible anyway. The ink goes bad before the expiration date too.

  • monteraz

    I suggest Kodak to simply sell blue color pens, $1 each. Easy.

  • Angus

    They sell printers?

  • jesseyardley

    What’s left?

  • JW

    Maybe they could revive the Brownie line by slapping obscenely overpriced luxury accoutrements on a rebranded pro-sumer digicam not made by Kodak in any way which allows the whole spirit of the original company to evaporate into meaninglessness and irrelevance. +2000 dollars for the Ferrari edition.

  • Jake

    Wow, that might win the award for “overstating the obvious.” I mean, I know there’s an expectation of some leniency for expiration dates, but the printer is terrible because it does what it says it will? I’d be afraid to try your cooking.

  • jdm8

    Quoting my post:
    “The ink goes bad before the expiration date too.”

    I expect ink to go bad AFTER the expiration date, not before, that is how expiration dates are supposed to work, as in “good until”, then after that, certainly, there are no guarantees.

    “Too” should imply that it’s not the only problem with Kodak’s consumer printers. I’m was not going to recite the litany as to what is bad with their printers. The one I’ve had to use was cantakerous, clunky and annoying. User reviews later backed this up.

  • Ruhayat

    Hmm. Sensor gone. Camera gone. Film gone. Now printers gone. So what the hell is New Kodak going to sell?

  • Jake

    Wow, I totally misread your post as “after” and not “before.” Foot is in mouth. Full apology.

  • Ralph Hightower

    To me, it seemed like consumer printers would be the first to sell off. The consumer printer market is so cutthroat that manufacturers practically give them away to lock consumers into buying ink.