I thought it was just me noticing an unusually large amount of promotional material going about Tassimo based machines over the Christmas period. Then it became clear when I recently read some reviews on them for curiosity and saw a trick Tassimo was doing.
While most products leave the sales to January, these pod coffee machines sold the pod refills unusually cheap in December. This meant people researching them as a potential gift would have seen that they are reasonably “cheap” to run and would make a nice gift for their coffee lover (or themselves.) Then came January and the pod refill prices shot way up. Whoops…
As for the Keurig, well DRM says it all - [B]D[/B]umpster [B]R[/B]eady [B]M[/B]achine
If I ever decide to fork out on something nice, it would be a bean to cup cappuccino maker. Then again, by that time, it may be possible for machines to analyse the beans to make sure you’re using genuine [I](some name brand)[/I] coffee beans.