with new printer, contain the same amount of ink as replacement ink cartridges?
Or why does a $30.00 printer need $40.00 worth of ink?
There are a couple of questions here: how much ink did your printer come
with, and are cheap replacement inkjet cartridges a viable alternative to those
sold by the original equipment manufacturer?
The answers are “probably not much”, and “maybe”.
Let me explain why, and what you need to look for…
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To answer the first question: it really depends on the manufacturer. When I
purchased my HP printer, they definitely shipped it with smaller ink cartridges
than the commonly available replacement cartridges. I did have the option of
getting the same, smaller cartridges as replacements myself, but why would I
want to do that?
As you’ve alluded to, inkjet cartridges are expensive. Especially when
compared to the cost of the printer. Why? I believe it’s a case of the old
adage “give away razors, sell razor blades”. The printer manufacturer’s can
sell printers at or below their cost, knowing that they’ll make it up in
eventual ink sales.
I keep wanting to using refurbished or refilled cartridges. I’ve tried a
couple of sources over the years, and each time I come away disappointed. In
every case I’ve tried, the print quality has suffered.
It could just be me, and the services I’ve tried. I know of others who’ve
had great success with aftermarket, third party refilled cartridges, or even
the do-it-yourself refill kits.
But for now, I avoid the trouble by purchasing cartridges from the
manufacturer of my printer.