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HP Price Increase on Select DesignJet Inks Effective 9/01/2012

August 1st, 2012 No comments

What Items Are Affected?
HP has announced that this price increase will only affect select HP DesignJet Ink Cartridges effective on September 1, 2012. We do have a list of affected SKU’s upon request. Please Contact Us and let us know what printer you have and we will let you know how and if your supplies will be affected.

How Much Is The Price Increase?
HP has announced that the price increase will vary from model to model. HP has said that most SKUs will increase be around 3%. You can Contact Us to find out the exact price increase that each model will incur.

How Can I Keep My Costs Down?
HP DesignJet printers are typically specialty or production printers, these specialty inks typically cost more than regular inks. Since these specialty inks are harder to reproduce, there are less compatible/ remanufactured ink alternatives. When you can find these inks, we suggest you consider these since you can save up to 60%. Also HP usually has rebate offers when you buy 2+ cartridges, so keep an eye out for these or Contact Us for current HP promotions.

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HP Ink Price Increase Effective June 1, 2012

May 21st, 2012 No comments

What Items Are Affected?
Here at Express Inks, we like to keep our customers informed of all the latest developments. HP/ Hewlett Packard has announced effective June 1, 2012, a price increase of 3-5% on certain HP ink cartridges. This is a manufacturer price increase that will affect all lines of distribution. It is important to note that this increase will only affect the following types of inks and only certain SKUs.

  • Small Format Inkjet Ink Cartridges
  • Large Format Inkjet Ink Cartridges
  • Photo Value Ink Cartridge Combo Packs
  • Printhead Cartridges

How Can I Keep My Costs Down?
Although the ink value packs are increasing in price, they will still usually be the most cost effective. Make sure you take advantage of any rebates or promotion HP is offering. Also make sure you are purchasing the highest yield cartridge that fits your machine. Another alternative will be to consider remanufactured/ compatible ink cartridges. In most cases, you can save a bundle with alternative replacements. Lets compare pricing between some compatible and brand name cartridges.

HP #10 Inkjet Ink Cartridges
HP #10/ C4844A Genuine Black Inkjet Ink Cartridge = $37.99
HP #10/ C4844A Compatible Black Inkjet Ink Cartridge = $14.99

Looking To The Future?
It seems like every year we have more an more price increases to report. As the price of materials go up, we can assume that we will continue to see prices increase. It is also important to note that Hewlett Packard is not the only manufacturer that has annual price increases. Most other OEM manufacturers like Xerox, Lexmark, Canon and Brother have had similar price increases. We will continue to bring our customers as many cost saving solutions as possible.

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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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