This may sound like a strange title for a blog post, but its an interesting topic. Many of us have had the experience of walking into the local technology shop and seeing a printer on sale for a ridiculously cheap price. I know of people who when their printer runs out of ink will buy a new one rather than buying new ink. The environmental impact of this is catastrophic.
We know that it is printer ink that costs a fortune and that it is through these consumable that the printer companies make their money. But have you ever wondered how much money ink costs? NineMSN in Australia has calculated that HP sells its printer ink at:
- Black ink AU$5544 per litre
- Coloured ink AU $5654 per litre
There are alternatives, we don’t have to print and this is more environmentally sound and considerable cheaper. Distributing documents electronically, while not with out a cost, is much cheaper per page that printing. Many applications will allow you to export as pdf – open office, iworks etc or support plug ins like cutepdf which “print” as pdf. Google documents and obviously any adobe product will allow you to produce your document, presentation or spreadsheet as a pdf. This has to be better.
Have a look at this info graphic from Australia, the numbers will shock you and for me personally, disgust me.