Price of ink jet ink - upto $8,000 a gallon

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  1. law guy macrumors 6502a

    law guy

    Jan 17, 2003
    Western Massachusetts
    I was reading a blurb on Dell's new $99 laser printer today, ( which contained a link to an interesting story that noted that ink jet ink sells for an effective price of upto $8000 a gallon.

    I had never thought of it that way. In little cartridges bought one at a time, it doesn't seem that expensive. Makes me look at inkjet ink in a whole new way. I suppose this shouldn't dissuade folks thinking about buying an inkjet over laser as the price per page is what matters, but it is interesting to mull over.
  2. Bibulous macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2005
    I bought an HP c6578d for $34.99.

    19 ml of ink in one cartridge.
    1 gal = 3785.4118 ml
    (3785.4118/19)*34.99 = $6971 per gallon :eek:

    I know you can't buy just any liquid and pour it on a page to make a picture, but this still seems a little pricey.
  3. stoid macrumors 601


    Feb 17, 2002
    So long, and thanks for all the fish!
    And you thought gas was expensive! That's like 336,000 dollars a barrel!
  4. thehuncamunca macrumors 6502

    Jul 9, 2003
    calculated my ink to cost only $4000 a gallon HP56

    looks like i'm getting a great deal (or NOT)
  5. mcarnes macrumors 68000


    Mar 14, 2004
    USA! USA!
    Inkjet ink worth it's weight in gold, and then some. :rolleyes:

    Who'd a thunk.
  6. wiseguy27 macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2005
    Better to use someone else's printer for "free"? ;)

    Jokes apart, isn't photo printing (or color printing) at home a lot more expensive compared to printing at retail outlets (or wholesale outlets)?

    Long ago I read about the addition of smart cards in some OEM cartridges to ensure that gray market cartridges would be rejected by the printer - although I understand that the marketing model for printer companies is to make money on the ink/toner, it seems like they're ripping off customers way too much.
  7. cwerdna macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005
    SF Bay Area, California

    I'd heard about the insane prices per ounce for inkjets but never did the math myself till now. From the MSRPs, an HP 57 color cartridge for my PSC 1315 all-in-one runs $34.99. It has a whole 17 ml of ink = $7791/gallon. The HP 56 black cartridge is $19.99 for 19 ml so it's "only" $3983/gallon.
  8. Prelude2Tragedy macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2005
    New Jersey
    Not to mention with the tri-color tanks you never use up all the ink since each color isn't used up evenly. Just imagine how much ink/money your wasting.

    Ill stick to my individual color ink tanks.
  9. cwerdna macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005
    SF Bay Area, California
    So far, I've printed nothing in color other than the initial alignment page and maybe a test page. :) I'm only using it as a b/w copier. It's not even hooked to or near any computer.
  10. Prelude2Tragedy macrumors regular

    Apr 9, 2005
    New Jersey
    I print photos and color stuff all the time but i have a free and almost unlimited supply of ink and photo paper. Just a few perks of sales repping for a printer company.
  11. Mass Hysteria macrumors regular

    Jan 31, 2005
    epson 2100

    I used to buy epsons carts at UK £12 each (7 colours in all) for 17ml,

    I found a place that does compatibles for 76p + VAT each!

    magenta is 8% lighter but dialled that back in on the printer settings. (They also recommend that you change the carts every six months - ho hum)

    spoke to an epson rep –*they don't make money from the printers at all and sometimes make a loss. This is like the disposable razor thing, cheap handles and pricey blades.

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