If you drive, what would you choose to power your next vehicle? Petrol, diesel, hybrid, or battery?
Would you pick a Smartphone with 64GB of storage, or 512GB that costs an extra £200?
A £15 toaster that lasts three years, or a £99 model that comes with a lifetime guarantee?
An inkjet printer costing £1,343 over ten years, or an Ink Tank printer costing £327 over the same period?
We all have decisions to make when buying. And depending on the item and your personal taste and situation, more often than not, it comes down to a combination of reliability, quality, trust, cost, likeability, durability, how it impacts the environment, how long you intend to keep the item and so on.
But I read an article recently that highlighted the huge savings on offer with the new Ink Tank printers…
Inkjet and laser printers have been the printer of choice for many years, more so the former. But the Ink Tank is slowly becoming the obvious choice, and there’s a very good reason for this, as highlighted above.
I’ve always taken the view that in most cases, you get what you pay for, and purchasing a cheap Inkjet printer, will come back to bite you on the bum financially.
In a recent Which? printer test, it reported the average running cost of the most common types of printers over a ten period.
For an Inkjet printer, the average initial cost is £128, but the ink running cost comes to an astonishing £1,215!
Initial cost of a Colour Laser is £210, with a running cost of £324.
Mono Laser is £171, with ink costs of £180.
The Ink Tank on the other hand, might cost around £300 to buy, but the running cost over ten years can be as little as £27!
These figures are based on printing 20 black and 10 colour pages every month.
So next time you’re drawn into buying a cheap Inkjet printer with a price tag of £45, the cost of replacing the inks could be very costly long term.
For me personally, I tend to keep my printers for many years, so when my inkjet printer finally packs up, I’ll definitely be opting for the Ink Tank next time.