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printers ink why is it so expensive

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 7/8/2014 Category: Science
Updated: 2 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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bobd6

Pro

why is printers ink so expensive scientest have just checked it out more expensive then caviar ,more expensive the the best champayne,they have even written a book about it ,and the manufactors will or wont tell us,it cost nearly 50 pounds per 100,sheets of paper,to print,for 50 pounds you should get at least two gallons of ink,what is in it to cost so much,
FuzzyCatPotato

Con

Let me first note that my opponent has asked a question, rather than made a statement.

I have absolutely no idea what being "Pro" or "Con" to "[P]rinters ink why is it so expensive[?]" means.

Can you be Pro or Con to "How far is the moon from the Earth?" I don't think so.

Regardless, I decided to answer.

Why is it expensive? Technological costs.

Printer ink is expensive because it requires a lot of investment to continue to increase printer ink and printer printing quality, on the size of $1 billion annually for HP [1]. HP then transfers these costs to the consumer, in order to continue to pay for more investment. (Admittedly, HP's printing does make $24 billion in profit annually, but just ignore the greed for now [1].) Furthermore, printer cartridges are complex, and manufacturing them does take money [1].

As Thom Brown, marketing manager at HP, states:

"Inks must be formulated to withstand heating to 300 degrees, vaporization, and being squirted at 30 miles per hour, at a rate of 36,000 drops per second, through a nozzle one third the size of a human hair. After all that it must dry almost instantly on the paper," [1].

I don't know about you, but that's pretty damn impressive.

As Robert Mitchell, journalist at ComputerWorld, states:

"HP has come a long way since its first ink jet printer came out in 1985. At that time that state-of-the-art unit had 12 nozzles in the print head and fired droplets at a rate of 10,000 per second. The technology in today's Photosmart 8250 uses 3,900 nozzles to deliver 122 million drops per second onto the paper," [1].

Again, I don't know about you, but that's a rather big improvement. 12 nozzles to 3,900 nozzles is a 0.9995% increase. 10,000 dps to 122,000,000 dps is a 0.99992% increase. Your money is paying for something.

And here's an image sample, as to what this increase means for image quality:

Ink quality over time.
Image is from [1].

That's the difference between an abstract eye-like image and near-photographic detail.

Conclusion

I have answered Pro's question, and I'm pretty sure that fills the BOP in this kind of "debate"

Thanks for this, er, debate.

Reference
[1] http://blogs.computerworld.com...;
Debate Round No. 1
bobd6

Pro

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Debate Round No. 2
bobd6

Pro

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FuzzyCatPotato

Con

I've fulfilled my BOP and Pro has forfeited all rounds.

Vote Con.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by FuzzyCatPotato 2 years ago
FuzzyCatPotato
"It because the capitalist corporations make ink that way. Rich american want to make the more money off the peoples buying it."

Yeah, I remember the good old days when I could buy cheap Soviet ink cartridges.
Oh, wait.
No, I don't. They don't exist.
Posted by iheartNK 2 years ago
iheartNK
It because the capitalist corporations make ink that way. Rich american want to make the more money off the peoples buying it.
Posted by Blade-of-Truth 2 years ago
Blade-of-Truth
Because people are still buying it for that amount. Price = demand.
Posted by Sipiri 2 years ago
Sipiri
You're merely inquiring as to why printer ink is so expensive. That's a question, not an argument.
Are you meaning to argue that printer ink ought not be so expensive?
Posted by lannan13 2 years ago
lannan13
I would like to accept this debate, but I do not meet your criteria.
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