In our article An Ink-convenient Truth, we wrote about the rising cost of ink cartridges, and the price keeps on rising while the price of printers becomes noticeably cheaper. In comparison to other liquids, ink is by far the most expensive liquid you can buy. At over R50,000 a litre ink is more expensive than Chanel No. 5 and vintage Dom Perignon. And let's not even begin to talk about how much more we're spending on ink than on petrol per litre. But why is that?
Ink manufacturers will tell you that in terms of the cost of new research and development, the price of their ink cartridges are not that high. And while it is true that an ink cartridge is a pretty sophisticated piece of technology, it doesn't really account for the fact that you end up paying exhorbitant prices to print your family photos. What can you do to save on ink? Simple, print all your documents in one go, leave the printer on, don't buy 'three-in-one' cartridges (buy the colours individually) and buy compatible ink cartridges from Inksaver.
So how much does ink really cost? The infographic below shows you how much ink costs in comparison to some other pricey liquids.