Tuesday, December 30, 2008

An Open Letter to Printer Ink Manufacturers

Dear HP, Epson, Canon, et. al.:

Why is it that I could buy a new printer for less than the cost to buy new ink? Even refills only require 2 visits to pay for a new machine. What resides in those small plastic shells that makes them so costly? They are, after all, pretty low-tech. The thinking comes from the printer, not the ink, so what's the deal?

When I download a pattern from Ravelry or Berroco or one of the many blogs, I eventually want to print it and take it along in my project bag. Naturally, the best patterns have many photos so the stitcher can see how the object should look if executed properly.

So you manufacturers, please make 2009 the year that printer ink prices fall, just as the price of a barrel of oil has finally dropped to an acceptable level.


  1. I love my photo printer... Prefer to buy printer accessories like ink, paper etc from Epson store...

  2. check out the new kodak printer - no more ink - they use pigments at a fraction of the cost of the cartridges!

  3. Excellent question. Let us know if you get an answer...

    Personally, I think they lure you in with a cheap printer price, then they make their money on the ink tanks, thus eventually reaping the price the printer SHOULD have cost in the first place.

  4. Check out the latest printer from EPSON and if possible then try EPSON Printer Ink For that printer it will give the best Result.


  5. Most of printer inks are manufactured by the same company which is manufacturing the printers.So i always prefer to use Epson printer ink for my Epson Printer.And it gives me best result.


  6. hi,
    You are hundred percent right. i was also ding that, but now a days i am using Epson Printer Ink.

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