March 16, 2016
In a press release, the remanufacturer revealed its study into Epson’s EcoTank machines, noting that this “exposes the true cost of owning an Epson EcoTank”, and “shines a different light on the economic advantage” of the machines. LD Products added that Epson had released the devices because of “consumers’ increasing frustration with the high price of ink”, marketing it as a “revolutionary new ink technology”.
While the printers are said to promise “both value and convenience” with four refillable ink tanks “instead of the usual four cartridge setup” – and LD Products acknowledged that the “refill process is relatively painless” – the so-called “convenience” of the system is, according to LD Products, “negligible when the total cost ink and machine is taken into consideration”.
The remanufacturer’s study “crunched the numbers and found the total cost of operation” is “considerably more expensive than operating a comparable, lower-priced Epson inkjet using compatible ink cartridges”. With the EcoTank WF-R4640 available for $1,199.99 (€1,010.04), which “includes enough ink to print up to 20,000 pages” in black and colour, you can actually “remove the continuous ink tank system from the equation” with the “far cheaper” WF-4640 for $249.99 (€225.45).
LD Products added that the second machine “offers similar features”, and if you “include enough compatible ink to match the same 20,000 page yield”, you “come out ahead” with a saving of $610.70 (€550.75) by using “generic ink”. Epson’s ink bags cost $179.99 (€162.32) for black and $99.99 (€90.17) per colour, and LD Products found that to match that 20,000 page yield, you would only need to spend around $69.30 (€62.49) on around 7.7 compatible black cartridges, and around $270 (€243) on 30 colour cartridges to match the four colour ink packs.
The company noted that “with the average consumer printing around 40 pages a month and most replacing their machines every couple of years, making an investment in a high-priced EcoTank printer is impractical”. It concluded that the EcoTank series “intends to shake up the print industry with their latest offering of continuous ink printers, but, decidedly, the savings just aren’t there”.
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