Why is printer ink more expensive than a new printer?
Here’s a quick and simple answer: Ink cartridges are expensive so companies can make a profit. Most printers are sold at a loss. A manufacturer makes money NOT by selling consumers an inkjet or laser printer, but by selling the supplies needed to print. The manufacturer controls the technology and the prices.
How expensive is ink for a printer?
As mentioned earlier, a portion of the price that you pay for when buying ink for your printer covers the costs for its research and development. A study conducted by Consumer Reports back in 2013 revealed that inkjet ink costs between $13 and $75 per ounce, which equals $1,664 – $9,600 per gallon.