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Why HP Printer Ink Can Be Overpriced


Printer ink is a costly office purchase, and sometimes the price of HP printer ink can be a little overinflated. Most people would think of overpriced printer ink as necessary evil of ink jet printers. Some people even have joked that the ink in one packet is way too expensive considering that the amount of ink is about the same as is found in a standard catsup packet.

One of the reasons for the soaring price of HP printer ink is that it is a high quality product. Items of high quality typically cost more, and paying a higher price - or a lower price, for that matter - means you get what you pay for. Overpriced printer ink at least delivers the printing quality that it should, even if the price is steep.

If you have a HP printer ink cartridge that runs more than other, off-brand cartridges, it may be worth it in the long run because the ink will last longer and provide excellent quality for all your print jobs, without streaking or stuttering like some other cheaper brands.

For example, if a printer cartridge of ink is less expensive than the HP name brand, and performs not as well, it still could be worth it. If you get almost as much value, lifespan, and quality from another brand, then that may still be good enough, even though the quality is slightly reduced, because you are still paying less but getting almost as much use out of it.

On the other hand, if you buy a non-HP brand ink cartridge that causes serious printing problems and runs out far quicker than the HP brand, it may not be worth it. It's important to factor in the different issues and see what makes the best economic sense.

Another difficulty that arises, however, when attempting to determine how well an ink cartridge is working for you, is that ink companies are not required to disclose the amount of ink in each cartridge. This makes comparing different brands difficult. If there is no way to determine the amount of liquid ink, it's hard to say which brand is better or longer lasting than another.

Adding to the difficulty is that most ink companies don't list what their page yields are. HP does, but it is difficult to tell what they are based on. Without knowing what the different brands' page yields are, yet again it becomes a challenge to fairly and accurately determine which ink gives you the best bang for your buck.

HP printer ink can seem overpriced, and the above factors illustrate that it is difficult to figure out if that is indeed so.

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