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Why Are Ink Cartridges So Expensive?

August 10th, 2010 No comments

Hook Line And Sinker? Or Sucker?
Have you ever wondered why printer ink cost so much? Do you wonder why your replacement ink cartridges cost more than the printer? Why does your printer ink cost more than 1,000 times as much as gas for your car?

1 Ounce of gas = $.023  |  1 Ounce of printer ink = $30.00
1 Gallon of gas = $3.00  |  1 Gallon of printer ink = $3840.00

There is one simple reason for this.

The Reason:
Most OEM manufacturers like HP, Canon and Epson take a loss or break even when selling their printers so they need to make their money elsewhere. Manufacturers spend millions each year in research and development on new printer technology. Their solution is to build their profits into the cost of the replacement cartridges. Many manufacturers include small starter cartridges with the anticipation that you will need to replace your ink cartridges quickly and many more times.

So What Can You Do To Avoid These High Costs?

  1. Do some research and compare the replacement ink cartridge prices before buying a new printer.
  2. Consider switching to remanufactured/ recycled ink cartridges that can save you up to 70% off the name brand cartridges.
  3. Recycle your old cartridges. Many stores will give you store credit and you will help save the environment at the same time!
  4. Make sure you have the right printer for the right job. The wrong printer will cost you dearly in the long run.

Price Comparison:

Let’s compare the prices of a couple of different ink cartridge models:

HP 88XL Black Ink = $36.99 | HP Compatible 88XL Black Ink = $13.99
You save = $23.00 or 63%!

Brother LC51BK Ink = $21.99 | Brother Compatible LC51BK Ink = $7.99
You save = $14.00 or 64%!

Canon CLI-221 Ink = $15.99 | Canon Compatible CLI-221 Ink = $7.99
You save = $8.00 or 50%!


The numbers used are approximate and are based on the average costs of HP ink cartridges with an average fill level of 15-20 milliliters. If you have any questions please contact us.

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