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Printer Ink And Why It Can Cost So Much Over Time

2011-02-23

You keep track of how much printer ink you use because you know it's expensive. Even if you don't print every day, the percentage of your home or work office budget that goes to ink far outstrips the expenses you incur on other consumables like stationery. Here are some of the top factors that make your printer ink cost so much.

OEM cartridges and consumable supplies are costly enough that you could have bought a whole new printer after paying for a few replacement cartridges. Manufacturers charge you money for the cost of ink, cartridges and a number of other factors, so it stands to reason that people who stick to OEM will pay for their preferences.

Companies use printer ink at an astounding rate, because they've got a lot to print out, and many printers to do it with. Keeping all their office locations and retail storefronts stocked with office supplies to accommodate their employees and customers requires a good deal of money. Major offices also keep ink on hand so that they don't have to stop working in case they run out and can't buy more in time, meaning that their purchases are larger and more expensive.

The printer ink you use at home may not go as quickly as it would if you were at work, but it is expensive nonetheless. The retail locations that sell you ink charge high prices, and you can run up a pretty big bill in a short while. Consumer ink usage is also often very color-heavy, meaning that all those school projects and family photos will take their toll in printer ink cost as time goes on.

Printer ink cartridges are often separated into black and color inks, so you'll run out of one or the other faster depending on what type of things you usually print. In an ideal world, everything would run low at the same time, making it easier to make a convenient purchase, but this is never how it works out. Color cartridges store much less ink in each color ink than a single black cartridge does, so people fond of images either have to settle for black and white every now and then, or pay up for more cartridges. In addition, mixed ink cartridges are prone to running low on a single color first. This is unfortunate because it means that consumers will have to buy an entire new cartridge for new printouts and let the old ink in the color reserves that haven't run out go to waste. Printer ink refill kits help solve all of these problems by allowing you to tailor your purchases to your needs.

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