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Costs Of Printer Ink And Why They Rise

2011-05-10

Printer ink is, as anyone who has bought any knows, very expensive. The cost per gallon of ink for ink jet printers is typically many times more than for gasoline. There are different factors that contribute to this price including research costs, manufacturing costs and even the cost of printers. There are many printer ink options available on the market and a consumer should be aware of what affects the pricing and know that when these factors raise so do prices.

There are costs associated with the manufacture of the ink and cartridge. Ink, while seemingly simple, tends to have numerous patents and copyrights attached to it, and the cost of manufacturing inks that spread in just the right way on paper, will not dry in the cartridge or clog the nozzles reflects the time and resources that goes into making it.

Cost is also a product of the business model used by most printer/printer ink manufacturers. Often a printer will cost less than replacement ink for it. This is done at a loss for the company, which than hopes to make up for the loss from the cost of their printer ink. Lower printer prices draw consumers to buy a certain printer, but with the other side of the coin being expensive ink replacements.

The single biggest factor that impacts that cost of printer ink cited by ink manufactures is the research and development of ink technology. What seems to be very simple and straight forward, ink, actually is very involved and costs manufactures upwards of one billion dollars a year. Why the need for so much money being invested in ink technology? There are standards that the ink must meet to be considered of quality. There are also certain stresses and conditions that the ink must be able to standup against in order to work well and reliably. Such things as maintaining its fluidity at temperatures of up to 300 degree, being able to move at 30 miles per hour and at thirty-six thousands drops per second through a hole less than half the diameter of a human hair all need to be maintained, Companies are also looking for way to improve on ink technology with the money. All of this adds better quality prints for consumers.

There are many printer ink options on the market that consumers can choose from. Some are name brand with lots of research behind the product other are generic with a much smaller price tag. The difference between name brand and generic inks can be more than twenty dollars in difference. Consumers should remember where the cost discrepancy comes from when making a decision.

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