*NEWS*INK IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN GOLD

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*NEWS*INK IS MORE EXPENSIVE THAN GOLD

 user 2006-11-13 at 11:43:00 am Views: 52
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    Toner & ink is more expensive than gold
    I
    got a used HP LaserJet 4000 off ebay last May $115 came with a 10,000
    page toner. The toner cartridge is cheap also like $17 or so on ebay
    for a reman cartridge or OEM. I figure if it last a year it paid for
    itself. HP retail cartridge is $175+ I don’t care about color so laser
    is fine with me. I brought a really nice HP all in one a month before I
    got the laser but took it back to Wal-Mart after I found out the
    cartridges was only rated for 137 pages at 5%. That is just plan nuts.
    At least a ink cartridge should do a ream of paper which is 500 sheets.
    Actually if you make the comparrison with HP’s average black cartridge-
    #98 (11ml) @ 19.99 it’s $1.82 a ML. However, what none of the press
    tells the readers is that ALLLLLLL printer companies’ ink is priced
    this way. What you don’t tell us is that over the last 5 years, ALLLLL
    printer companies have improved the effiency of printing by being able
    to print as many pages using less ink. You do a disservice to your
    readers when you don’t say which cartridge you are commenting on. All
    of the major ink-jet printer companies now have “economy” ink based
    printers as well as “medium use” and “heavy use” printers. You can’t
    always go by the amount of ink in the cartridge- Epson and Canon both
    put more ink in the cartridge because priming wasts so much when you
    turn the units on and off. You in the press are always concentrating on
    HP’s high prices… when you do your tests you don’t do them based on
    how home users would use a printer, turning the unit off and on..you do
    a straight through non stop multi page test and users don’t print that
    way.If you really want to give your readers something to read, do some
    investigation on how the major 3 printer companies compare to real
    world tests (not lab test). Explain to your readers what the company’s
    rated page yields are and what you got out of them. If a printer can
    use a larger cartridge- use that one instead of the lower capacity one
    and telling the readers how expensive that lower capacity one is.I’m
    not saying ink isn’t expensive, but you would think that at some point
    you guys would mention how expensive Lexmark (the number 2 printer
    company) is on ink and how much ink Canon and Epson wasts in their
    priming of their individual tanks during real world use such as turning
    the units on and off and installing replacement tanks. They’re better
    than in the past but still wasts more than HP or Lexmark. To sum it
    up… be real to your readers.