September 13, 2005

And you thought gas prices were a ripoff

My friend Rich (owner of Verticle Force Rocketry), starts a nice little rant about that most expensive of fluids that we all use every day. No, not gas. Not coffee and not even blood. Something seemingly much more valuable... name brand ink cartridge I looked at contained 19ml of ink for $35.

1ml = ~0.033814 U.S. ounces. So for $35 you're getting ~0.642 ounces of ink. That's $1.84 per milliliter or about $54.48 per ounce. Or consider the high price of gas today versus $6,973.12 9/10 per gallon for printer ink.

Rich also gives the word on "Box-wrap patent infringement", which is a new one to me. I'm pretty much a free market capitalist, but this kind of crap really gives ammunition to the "corporations are evil" nuts.

Posted by Ted at September 13, 2005 05:14 AM | TrackBack
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Printer companies are the root of all evil, they suck you in with cheap printer prices, then ream yer asshole with replacement cartridge prices. EVIL. Then they expect you to never ever buy generic replacements for 1/3 the price (because of course that's how they're subsidizing the low cost of printers).

Posted by: Oorgo at September 13, 2005 11:32 AM

Bingo! That's why we found cheap ink cartridges, then bought a printer to fit. We spent a little more on the printer, but we save a fortune in ink. Especially with schoolkids around.

Posted by: Ted at September 13, 2005 11:57 AM
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