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#1 TheSentinel


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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:52 PM

Ink-flation: Printer Cartridge Prices Are Climbing Quickly
Epson, Kodak, and Lexmark have raised prices on some of their inks--in many instances, faster than the rate of inflation. HP's prices also seem to inch upward when the company releases new models.

By Melissa Riofrio, PCWorld May 17, 2012 3:00 am

If you get the feeling that the cost of replacing the ink cartridges on your inkjet printer is getting out of hand, your impression may be more accurate than you realize. Between 2009 and today, the rate of inflation has increased by 7 percent. During that same period, the cost per page of some vendors' inks has risen by anywhere from 4 percent to 30 percent. Yes, 30 percent.

We review 50 or more printers per year, and we price the cartridges for every one of them. About 8 months ago, I began noticing that ink cartridge prices for some models were going up--sometimes sharply. When I dug deeper, I also saw that the price increases seemed to be selective: Some inks went up; others stayed the same; and one even dipped slightly. The biggest hikes I observed came from Lexmark and Kodak, but Epson's color ink costs have been rising as well. Meanwhile, HP seems to be nudging ink costs upward in its newer models.

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