Printer cartridge prices can vary greatly across printer models. Most every printer these days is capable of printing out quality text or photos, so why the difference in price? Here, we break down four reasons why some printer cartridges cost more than others and offer some simple savings tips so you can make a smart buy the next time you are shopping for ink.
Your printer has inefficient operating costs
Printers seem to fluctuate in price just as much cartridges do. Different printers go on sale every week and with dozens of models to choose from, tracking down the best deal isn’t easy. Case in point, HP featured 30 printers on sale this week for their Cyber Sale! If you don’t have a specific model in mind, it’s understandable why many first time printer buyers are drawn to the least expensive printer in the bunch. Printers aren’t the most exciting gadget in your office and most of us don’t want commit to too large of an investment. Many printer manufacturers have thrived off selling inexpensive printers to uninformed customers, better known as the razor and blade business model. By setting a low price on razor handles and by increasing the cost of short-lived blades, razor blade companies have been enjoying healthy profits for decades. Printer manufacturers seem to have taken a cue from the success of razor blade companies, selling certain printer models for cheap, only to later charge a high price for printer cartridges. The next time you are drawn to a printer sale, take the time to research the printer and it’s cartridges.
You are using the wrong printer cartridges for your printing needs
Printer cartridge type and cartridge page yield play a major role in the cost effectiveness of your printer. Whether you own an all-in-one inkjet or a color laser printer, what you print and what type of cartridge you are printing with determines how quickly you go through your ink. Inkjet printers use ink to produce a print and are best suited for low volume, home printing needs. Thanks to their smaller size, most inkjet printers hold a limited amount of ink, which unfortunately leaves more opportunities for replacement. Laser printers on the other hand, use toner cartridges and are the preferred choice for businesses with heavy-duty printing needs. Toner cartridges are more expensive than ink, but the trade-off is in their page yield. Most toner cartridges can print uninterrupted for thousands of pages and unlike an ink cartridge, toner cartridges won’t dry up if you go weeks between print jobs. Check out our blog article for a more detailed explanation of inkjet verses laser printers here.
Your cartridge page yield is inefficient
Page yield is the quoted number of printed pages you can expect from one cartridge, as provided by your printer manufacturer. The yield is an approximation based on 5% page coverage, or prints in which 5% of the page is covered with ink. Cartridges have a different yield across printer models, with black cartridges typically printing more pages than color cartridges. Cartridges are often sold in a standard yield and high yield (XL) size. Extra high yield cartridges available for select cartridge series too but are far less common. Higher yield cartridges contain more ink, offering more prints per cartridge and are generally the best option if you print frequently. Cartridge cost can differ depending on the printer model. In fact, two cartridges with comparable page yields can be sold at completely different price points, which can significantly impact your bottom line if you choose the printer with the higher priced cartridges. Let’s look at the Epson 312XL black ink cartridge and Epson 202XL black ink cartridge as an example. The Epson® 312XL high yield black cartridge prints 500 pages and sells for $18.99* and the 202XL prints 550 pages, and sells for $34.99. If you bought the printer that uses the 202XL series, you are paying sixteen more dollars for just 50 additional pages. To get the most value, don’t just focus on the printer price, compare the cartridge page yields across printer models too!
Frequent cartridge replacement is impacting your printer budget
Continually replacing high-priced printer cartridges can be frustrating. If you are looking to cut down printing costs, compatible cartridges from a reputable third-party manufacturer like LD Products are the perfect low cost alternative, offering comparable print results and page yield at a great value. Since the resources needed to create a compatible alternative cost very little, the savings can be passed along directly to the customer, without sacrificing print quality. For example, an original Brother LC3019C extra high yield cyan ink cartridge prints 1,400 pages and sells for $28.99. The LD brand compatible version is just $4.99, at a 82% savings. Find thousands of compatible ink and toner cartridges for most every printer model on LD Products.com, available for a fraction of the price of the original brand.
*Savings based on price comparison between remanufactured/compatible cartridge prices on www.LDProducts.com and OEM cartridge and printer prices from the listed retailers: Amazon and Staples. All prices effective as of November 30, 2018. OEM names are registered trademarks of their respective owners and are not affiliated with, and do not endorse LD Products.