Why Is Printer Ink So Expensive And What Can We Do About It?

If you pay close attention to the prices, you will notice the fact that printer ink is actually more expensive than champagne. A regular user that prints often will usually spend around 300 dollars every single year. This is only for ink. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning. People that have been using printers for…

If you pay close attention to the prices, you will notice the fact that printer ink is actually more expensive than champagne. A regular user that prints often will usually spend around 300 dollars every single year. This is only for ink. Unfortunately, this is only the beginning.

People that have been using printers for a long time not really a really alarming fact: printer ink runs out faster than in the past. This is because manufacturers reduced how much ink they put inside the cartridges. It is quite disappointing to notice this. Manufacturers do all that they can to stop you from buying refill kits and they do want you to spend money on expensive cartridges.

Understanding The Modern Business Model Used With Printers

We are now looking at a very interesting business model that is tailor for maximizing profits. The model used is based on selling something that is cheap in the beginning and forcing the buyer to keep coming back for accessories that are expensive. You can easily buy a printer for under 50 dollars these days but how much does an ink or toner cartridge cost?

You are tempted to take advantage of the bargain. You do not even think about the fact that you will ever need to replace the cartridges. This leads towards spending even twice the amount you did when you bought the printer on consumables.

We invite you to simply take a look at how much an ink cartridge costs and see how much the price would be per liter. Then, take a look at how much a Dom Perignon champagne bottle costs. You will most likely be shocked since you never thought of this. That is exactly what the printer manufacturers want.

The Ink Inside The Cartridges

To better illustrate the problem, an example should be given. The HP45 had 42 ml of ink. It could have been used to print 930 pages. One of the best selling HP300 has a cartridge that only includes 5 ml of ink. You can only use that to print around 200 pages. It is quite obvious that we are faced with quite a big difference. In most cases a printer cartridge costs around 1 dollar to manufacture. How much do you pay for yours?

The Cartridge Cleaning Problem

If the difference mentioned above is not enough, you might want to know about another huge problem that appears. There are some printers that will clean the nozzle of the cartridge when they are turned on. This is done by running ink and then splattering it on absorbent pads. This is a cycle that is meant to remove dirt. If you leave your printer on or you print many pages in one go, you save ink and money. Statistics show that there are printers that use 4 times the amount of ink when being turned off between printing jobs.

What Can We Do?

There are some things that you can do but you should never expect to save too much money. For starters, you can buy a second hand cartridge. The cost is around 50% when compared to the branded cartridge. You will hear manufacturers telling you that this is not recommended but there is no real reason why you should not do this. The only problem is that modern cartridges include electronic chips. Because of this, such cartridges can not be refilled. The person refurbishing the cartridge needs to replace the chip and that is a lot easier said than done. To put it simple, with newer models you can not take advantage of this option.

We can not deny that you can save anywhere from 20% to 70% when you go for the second hand refills and you can actually ignore the warning messages that appear on the screen. However, there are cases in which the printer will not want to work with a refilled cartridge.

You can find different solutions to the problem that you have based on what printer you own. It is a good idea to use a DIY refill kit but pay attention to the fact that you need to also clean the cartridge before you refill. Try to avoid those cartridges that have a 3-in-1 cartridge because it would be cheaper to buy refills separately.

Conclusions

As you can easily notice, there is not much that we can do. Unfortunately, the only real solution is to use older printers but that is not a viable option in the event that you need high quality printing done. We just have to do all that we can since there is no sign that the marketing practice we talked about above will change in the future. Printer ink is constantly becoming more expensive even if the efficiency of the printers is higher.