Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Southern California
Why do printer ink cartridges cost so damn much?
Seriously, I think it's ridiculous. I bought an HP ink cartridge at Rite-Aid several days ago; they charged me $43 (rounded off) for ONE single cartridge. I bought another one at CVS Pharmacy today; they charged me 45 dollars! My mother found a three-pack of them at Costco which cost about twice as much as what I paid for one cartridge, but not everyone has access to a Costco.
They can't be that expensive to make, can they? Is this basically an agreement between the ink cartridge manufacturers and the stores to rip off customers?
Both stores I was in sell a 10-pack of Bic ballpoint pens for about $3. Why can't ink cartridges cost what they're worth? I think 10 or 15 bucks is way more reasonable for something like that.
I was considering getting the old ones refilled as a way to save money, and I knew Walgreens would do it, but when I checked this out on the internet, there were reviews from customers all saying that the refilled cartridges didn't work and don't bother.
Sorry, this is a long time in coming. I just think it's stupid that stores charge so damn much for one single ink cartridge. Anyone else feel the same way?
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