Why is the printer ink so expensive?
Branded ink is expensive because original equipment printer manufacturers (OEMs) claim that the technology to make ink is expensive; so much is spent on R&D, and it costs a ton of money to ensure topnotch ink quality and reliability.
Why did ink prices go up?
Higher raw material, transportation costs are driving the latest round of price increases, and there are likely more to come. The printing ink industry is well known for being reluctant to raise prices except when under pressure, as their printing customers are equally known for tight margins.
Why is printer ink sold out everywhere?
Because the global supply of ink has been disrupted on a number of different fronts, resulting in Printer Ink Shortage 2021. Printing inks use ethanol in their manufacture, but many ethanol shipments were diverted and used to make hand sanitizer and cleaning supplies, especially during the early days of the pandemic.