Liquid Gold: The Ink Rush

from the everyone-wants-in dept

It's no secret that printer ink goes for very high prices these days. We've noted in the past a comparison between the price of ink and vintage champagne (with the ink being more expensive). The SF Chronicle is taking a look at the same issue and noting that an Olympic sized swimming pool filled with printer ink would cost $5.9 billion (yes, with a "b"). Thus, it's no wonder that lots of companies are looking for ways to crack into the ink business, from selling cheaper ink cartridges to refilling old ones. It seems there are even Kinkos' style stores opening up that will refill your ink cartridges for you in a bright neon coated environment. It appears that, for many, printer ink appears to be liquid gold and lots of people are trying to get their share.
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    CIS User, 22 Apr 2009 @ 8:43am

    Price of ink per Barrel (bbl)

    Using the approximate $5,900,000,000 cost to fill an Olympic pool, we can put the price of ink into modern terms -- the cost of ink per barrel (bbl). Everyone is now acutely aware of what a barrel of oil costs. One barrel of oil is 55 gallons. An Olympic-sized pool is around 600,000 gallons, or 10,909 bbl. So a barrel of ink costs approximately $541,000! Yes, that's $541,000/barrel!!!

    This is why I am a happy continuous ink system (CIS) user. Ink is still expensive, but buying it bulk by the gallon costs $5,500/barrel. That's a savings of around $535,000 per barrel!

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