One of the most frequently asked questions we encounter is whether it is cheaper to buy a new printer or simply replace the cartridges. In short, the answer is no; purchasing a new printer is generally not the more cost-effective option. Let’s delve into the reasons behind this.
Modern printers, in many cases, come with ink cartridges that hold less ink compared to older models. This reduction in ink capacity is a tactic employed by manufacturers to increase prices without necessarily informing consumers. Additionally, the prices of older cartridges, which typically hold a substantial amount of ink, have been steadily increasing in the hopes of encouraging users to upgrade to newer models with cartridges that hold only a fraction of the ink. An excellent example of this trend is HP, who used to sell the HP 45 cartridge, holding 40ML of ink, for approximately $45. Contrastingly, their newer HP 67 cartridges hold around 2.5 ML of ink and retail for around $22. Consequently, users end up paying nearly $10 per ML of ink.
If you are considering purchasing a new printer, it is essential to evaluate the page yield provided by the replacement cartridges. By comparing this information with your current printer, you can gain a general idea of the cost per page. Additionally, it’s worth noting that when it comes to buying compatible and remanufactured cartridges, the older the printer model, the more affordable the cartridges tend to be, as there is typically more inventory available in the market.
Ultimately, while it may seem tempting to opt for a new printer, replacing the cartridges in your existing printer is often the more cost-effective choice. By carefully considering factors such as ink capacity and cost per page, you can make an informed decision that aligns with your budget and printing needs.