Ten Printers Please

I went to Staples today, because I am thinking about buying a new printer.  I found a basic printer (HP brand) for $33.99 and I was impressed by the low cost.  The printer comes with everything you need, including a set of ink cartridges.

I was about ready to buy the printer and decided to find out how much it will cost to buy replacement ink cartages.  It cost $51.99 to buy a set of cartridges for the printer.

That just boggles my mind.  It would be cheaper to replace the printer whenever it runs out of ink than to buy new ink.

Maybe I will just buy 10 printers and be done with it.


15 thoughts on “Ten Printers Please

  1. You can always find a low cost inkjet printer, but the ink costs get you everytime. And it seems that they put the smallest amount of ink in the printers when you get them, so that you have to go buy ink almost as soon as you get the printer home.

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  2. I’ve found the same scenario with battery operated weed trimmers. Purchasing a new lithium battery for my particular model would be more expensive than buying a new trimmer. Fortunately, the batteries do last a pretty long while, unlike ink cartridges. 😛

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  3. I would suggest looking for printers that have as many color cartridges as possible. The logic is really simple. When magenta runs out, you only need to replace magenta. Some of the less expensive printers use multi-color cartridges so when the magenta runs out, you will also be throwing out what is left of the yellow, cyan and black. Better to pay a bit extra for the printer now, and save on toners during its life! We have an old Canon that we have been very happy with. Its toner requirements are not only separate cartridges for yellow, cyan, magenta and black, but it also takes a large black cartridge (in addition to the other black one). Black being used in most color mixes plus (obviously) regular letter printing, it makes sense to have a larger reservoir available.

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  4. I understand the pain, but the cartridges that come with the printer doesn’t hold as much ink as the cartridges you pay more for. Colinandray is right, individual cartridges for each color are most economical. Also annoys me that it’s hard to find a printer that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg that isn’t an all-in-one.

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  5. koolaidmoms says:

    We found at Costco the ink cartridges our HP uses can be refilled for less than half of what it would cost to buy them new. Don’t know if you have one near you but maybe there is somewhere they can be refilled?

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