Printer ink that’s pricier than champagne: Black cartridge costs 51p a millilitre but Dom Perignon is just 15p!
- A set of replacement cartridges for a home printer costs £45, far less than a bottle of Dom Perrignon at £109
- But, drop for drop, the ink becomes far more expensive
- Machines also waste a lot of ink during the printer head cleaning process
- A printer can use 600 per cent more ink to produce 50 pages on an occasional basis than in one
For most cash-strapped families, splashing out £109 on a bottle of Dom Perignon would be an unthinkable extravagance.
Printer ink? A necessary expenditure. But, drop for drop, the champagne is actually far cheaper. The black ink in a standard cartridge for a home printer costs 51p per millilitre – around 240 per cent more than the 15p per millilitre price of a bottle of Dom Perignon.
The startling figures have been revealed by consumer organisation Which?
On average, a set of replacement cartridges for a home printer costs £45, far less than a bottle of Dom Perignon, at £109, or a bottle of 40-year-old Tawny vintage port, at £125.
Drop for drop, however, the ink becomes far more expensive.
The champagne comes in at 15p per millilitre, while the port costs 17p for each millilitre.
By comparison, Canon charges around 51p per millilitre for black ink, and as much as £1.05 per millilitre for coloured ink, which comes in yellow, magenta and cyan.
A 19ml cartridge of its black ink is £9.69, while each 9ml colour cartridge costs £9.49.
Which? also revealed how many machines are routinely wasting large amounts of ink during the printer head cleaning process, which either starts automatically every time the power is turned on, or after a set period.
It means a printer can use 600 per cent more ink to produce 50 pages on an occasional basis than in one session
The waste is good news for manufacturers, who sell the machines relatively cheaply and then make huge profit margins on the replacement cartridges. The problem is identified in the latest issue of Which? Computing, which complained: ‘Inkjet printers seem to have a fascination with keeping themselves clean.
Switch one on, or finish printing some documents, and often a printer will initiate a cleaning cycle. ‘This involves spitting ink into an ink absorber within the printer with the aim of keeping the ink nozzles clear and in tip-top condition. But, cleaning cycles can be very wasteful of ink.’ Which? tested five inkjet printers from major manufacturers, including HP, Epson, Canon and Brother. It found huge differences in the cost of printing 50 pages in one go, compared with printing the same number of pages on an occasional basis over eight weeks. For an HP Officejet Pro 8500A Plus eAIO, it cost £2.50 on a one-off basis, compared with £17.48 over eight weeks – a mark-up of 600 per cent. HP refused to comment. Canon said the system is needed ‘to provide the print quality users expect’. And Epson rather cryptically said ‘there are many factors that influence the yield of an ink cartridge’.
So, what is the reason for this article?
Blueprint can print it cheaper than you can using your home printer. Its simple, our commercial equipment uses different inks to a home inkjet, our inks are produced in huge volumes, hence it will always be cheaper to use us than printing your own at home!
For example, I recently printed 200 A5 flyers at home and it used 5 new cartridges in total + whatever ink was in the one I started with and what is used from the 6th one I put in too, I got these in Tesco and they cost me £74.95, the same leaflets bought from Blueprint would have only cost £39.00, a saving of £35.95, so almost half price!
Blueprint were recently commissioned to work with Surrey Police to design and print a range of leaflets to help tackle antisocial behavior issues in the county.
The leaflets covered issues including:
- Quad Bikes
- Cold Calling
- Dog Owners
- Air Weapons
The leaflets were printed on our Presstek machine using eco-friendly vegetable based printing inks onto 100% recycled paper.