Why is Printer Ink so Expensive?

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We got a new printer and it seems we’ve been replacing the expensive cartridges way too frequently. I had to call Epson to because though the ink had just been replaced, the screen insisted we needed to replace the ink. How maddening!

Anyway, while I was waiting for the call to be answered, I did a search on the costliness of printer ink, a product that should be relatively cheap, but sure isn’t.

I found and read three articles and learned the following:

  • Ink can cost from $13 to $75 per ounce. Mind you this is more than gasoline, milk, whiskey or champagne. A gallon of ink could run you $9600.
  • While the size of the exterior of the cartridge looks the same, producers like Epson and HP are making the space inside where the ink is held has gotten smaller. So you’re purchasing less ink than you did a few years ago. Talk about deceptive.
  • When you print in black and white, the printer will use some colored ink as well as the black. That’s not necessary.
  • Printer/ink companies have sued office supply stores like Office Depot and the makers of generic cartridges to make them stop offering cheaper ink refill options. (I’m getting sickened.)

I’m sickened by the deception. Just conduct business above board. I’ve linked the articles below and posted them on social media.

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Source: Consumerreports.org

Once a representative got on the line, I mentioned these facts and asked that the rep to forward my request that Epson start to sell ink at an ethical price. I mentioned that I felt bad for the clerk because it wasn’t their plan to fool consumers. The clerk suggested I save money by purchasing ink at Best Buy, where ink is over $53 with tax. Not a bargain. Wouldn’t it be great if ink was priced fairly? That’s what I’d like to see. It should be $10 or $12.

References

Consumerreports.org (2013). The High Cost of Wasted Printer Ink. It’s pricey, yet tests show much of it may never hit the page. Retrieved on Dec. 28, 2017.

Forbes.com (Oct. 2006). Why does it Cost so Much to Print? Retrieved on Dec. 28, 2017.

Robinson, D. (Feb. 2013).  Printer ink cartridges: why you’re paying more but getting a lot less. Retrieved from Guardian.com on Dec. 28, 2017.

 

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