If you've ever had to order replacement ink cartridges, you know they don't come cheap. Surprisingly, the average ink cartridge actually contains only about a ketchup packet worth of ink. For such a small amount, how do retailers get away with charging astronomical prices? When you break it down, the markups added to ink cartridges are massive.
Per gallon, printer ink is more expensive than gasoline or even human blood! This infographic examines just how expensive printer ink is, and why you're being charged so much.
In addition to the outrageous expense of printer ink, the tiny plastic cartridges are having a surprising impact on the environment. With 800 million ink cartridges purchased annually in the United States alone, they're starting to take up some serious space in landfills. This infographic also takes a look at how much waste comes from ink, as well as alternative methods for manufacturing that are far more friendly to the planet.
Clearly the ink industry is causing problems that reach far beyond expense alone. In fact, many manufacturers are taking extra steps to ensure less expensive or recycled ink cartridges aren't even compatible with your printer. This includes installing special chips or voiding your warranty should you choose another brand.
Thanks to Inkjet Willy's heroics and this important information, we can put an end to printer ink injustice for good.