Do Economy sized inks actually save you money?

Recently HP released a new size of ink cartridges to the market in order to make their pricing seem more competitive against remanufactured cartridges and other manufacturers.  These cartridges are priced a few dollars less than the normal standard yield cartridges and report a lower yield.  This is in contrast to the high-yield, XL cartridges which have been around for as long as the printers.  We decided to compare and contrast these cartridges to see how they match up in comparison to HP’s current offering and our own remanufactured products..

We took the current pricing of each cartridge in the HP #60 series and compared their standard cost-per-page (CPP).  Note the yields are what HP reports at 5% coverage on a page (see HP’s page on yield for more information).

Cartridge name Price Yield CPP (USD)
HP #60 Economy Black $12.69 190 $0.0668
HP #60 Economy Tricolor $16.99 155 $0.1096
HP #60 Standard Black $14.99 200 $0.0749
HP #60 Standard Tricolor $19.99 165 $0.1212
HP #60XL Black $34.99 600 $0.0583
HP #60XL Tricolor $40.99 440 $0.0931

As you can see, the new “economy” cartridges do provide a better cost per print than the standard yield cartridges.  It is still far more cost efficient to buy the XL cartridges however, as they provide a average 14% savings over the economy and a whopping 23% over the standard yield.  To compare cost wise, our #60XL cartridges are given below:

HP #60XL Remanufactured Black $19.99 600 $0.0333
HP #60XL Remanufactured Tricolor $25.99 440 $0.0590

As you can see, you can still save over 50% by using quality remanufactured ink cartridges compared to Staples, even with the economy inks factored in.  As a reminder, our inks are precisely engineered to match up in every way to the inks used by the manufacturers in color tone, viscosity and yield to produce the best quality and consistent results.

Do you have a question on how our ink stacks up?

Contact us or stop by at our store in downtown Northampton, MA.  We can answer any question you have.

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