Rivals Say HP Is Using Hardball Tactics

Printer industry and retailing executives contend the company has offered chain stores incentives to stop selling store-brand cartridges

Cheaper store-brand inkjet printer cartridges have come on strong recently and now make up about a quarter of the market for replacement cartridges in the U.S. That poses a serious threat to Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), the worldwide leader in consumer printers. Now, according to printer industry and retailing executives, HP is fighting back.

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