When I was a lad, we had only nine pins, and we liked it:
According to research firm NPD, Americans bought just less than 20,000 brand-new dot matrix printers in 2012. You can still find an entire channel on Amazon.com for dot matrix printers with pricing starting at a lofty $205, more than double the least expensive inkjet.
So why would anyone want to use the best printing technology of 1983 in 2013? Apparently, many point-of-sale, warehouse inventory and other business systems still require carbon copy and multipart forms that work only with the hard impact of a dot matrix printhead and its continuous tractor feed. And, really, who can blame businesses for not modernizing their processes to use inkjet, laser or thermal printing? They’ve only had a couple of decades to think about it.
How about “The next level up is severely retarded and insists on multipart forms”? Does that work for you? Because it’s a reality for me.
And you’d be surprised how fast the least expensive inkjet goes through $205 worth of replacement cartridges unless, of course, you own one.