Quick Answer: Why Is Epson Ink So Expensive?

Why is printer ink so expensive?

That’s because they’re sold at cost, or even at a loss — the manufacturer either makes no profit from the printer itself or loses money.

Many printer manufacturers go out of their way to make it difficult for you to use unofficial ink cartridges, building microchips into their official ink cartridges.

How much does printer ink really cost?

With a cheap printer (under $200), the average cost per page using black ink is 5.5 cents and the average cost per page in color is 8.9 cents. However, a more expensive printer (more than $200) typically yields lower costs per page – 3.9 cents using black ink and 8.3 cents using color ink.

Is it cheaper to buy a new printer than ink?

Third party compatibles. Aftermarket cartridges are so much cheaper than their name-brand equivalents–sometimes as much as 75% cheaper! Before you drop the money to replace your printer, check and see if you can get alternative ink for your existing printer.

How much does Epson ink cost?

Ink Cost: Epson ink bottles for this model go for $19.99 (black ink) and $13.99 per color which means it’ll cost you $62 to get bottles for all 4 colors (black, magenta, yellow, cyan).