Ink/Printer question


macrumors member
Original poster
May 8, 2011

So I see this "refill kits" If I bought the cartridges, and those refill kids, is that my cheapest option. I won't be printing very frequently at all, just school stuff. Just looking for my cheapest scanner/printer combination option. This scanner/printer/copier is $30 and ink seems fairly cheap?

Idk, if you guys can find a better deal or help my ink dilemma let me know.


macrumors 604
Mar 2, 2008
Always a day away
I've never seen ink compete with a laser printer on a cost per page basis - that, and the quality of ink printouts is right up there with hammered dog **** - but hey, for thirty bucks, what have you got to lose? If you're happy with it, then you're a winner; if you end up not liking it, you haven't invested too much.


macrumors 601
Jan 14, 2002
totally cool
I've tried the same route with my HP laserjet. The cartridges are about half or two-thirds the price, but I noticed they didn't last as long and the ink quality would be inconsistent. I feel you, dog. To replace 4 cartridges on my new laserjet is almost $400.

More to consider:

Would you believe printer ink is the most expensive liquid on Earth. Printer ink is more expensive than oil or vintage champagne. Ounce for ounce, printer ink is more costly than gold. It is without a doubt the most ridiculously high priced technological necessity on the planet. The printer ink market is cleverly built on the Gillette business plan. That is to sell the razors cheap and charge big for the cartridges. Thus we find printers reasonably priced, but pay through the nose for the ink. Japan retains a huge monopoly on printer ink and maintains the high prices quite successfully. In addition, printer ink is notoriously over-packaged, and this adds to the already lucrative price. It is very clear that the printer manufacturers have a vested interest in printer ink and they want to protect and monopolize the sales. Therefore, they are not hesitant to warn that only their proprietary brand of ink should be used in their printers. While we have to accept that printer ink is not cheap, let's examine the matter a little further...


macrumors P6
Mar 22, 2008
On tenterhooks
If you don't need colour, the OEM cartridge in my LexMark laser printer gives ~1,500 pages.

And the "ink" doesn't dry-out and clog.

Might last you through school.


macrumors 6502a
Aug 8, 2011
Land of eternal Spring
i have a ciss (continous ink supply system) for my multifunction wireless hp printer, ink is cheap that way, granted it's not the best quality, but if it starts printing too poorly i can just buy new cartridges and connect the tubing to it.

something like: