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Time goes by, but reputations endure: manufacturers are often accused of making a lot of money, not on the devices themselves, but on their cartridges. Take the Deskjet 932c, for example, which shows the extent of the problem. The shop price of a new printer is about $130. A full set of cartridges (black + one color) costs about $75. And it's even worse if you want a double-filling set of cartridges, the price shoots up to $120.
Under these circumstances, estimating the cost per page is vital, because this, more than the price paid for the actual machine, gives you the true cost of the printer.
We assessed two costs:
The three prices noted (purchase, black and white, monochrome) were combined to find the cost at 3000 pages assessed as follows:
Purchase price + 1500 monochromes pages + 1500 color pages = price at 3000 printed pages.
The results are illuminating. They will make you realize that so-called inexpensive printers, the cheapest on sale, are not necessarily the best bargain. It's often better to spend more for a more expensive model, which turns out cheaper in the long run.