Most of us really only keep tabs on the price of a gallon of gas or maybe a gallon of milk. Our minds may wander into the realms of the cost of a 6-pack of beer or a bottle of wine. When pondering the price of the world’s most expensive fluids, a few others have topped lists online including Chanel No.5 perfume, scorpion venom, and mercury. There is one liquid on that list that most all of us use on a regular basis and may raise some eyebrows — ink. Yes, according to BeyondType1, the 8th most expensive liquid on their list is black printer ink. Averaging about $2,700 a gallon, black printer ink even beat out Gamma Hydroxybutyric Acid (GHB), a powerful anesthetic, and even human blood.
Why Ink Is So Expensive
You may be asking yourself, “Why on earth is ink so expensive?” One main reason was given by HP in a 2010 piece for Computer World — the price of development. In order to create an ink that can endure temperatures of up to 300 degrees Fahrenheit, can withstand being emitted at over 30 miles per hour as well as vaporization, all while creating a quality print, that process requires a lot of time and resources. When you take into account these conditions for colored inks that remain colorfast, as well as maintain the ability to properly blend with other colors for the desired hue, you’re looking at more quality concerns.
How To Get More Prints For Your Buck
While there aren’t many workarounds to expensive printer ink, an obvious solution is to conserve the amount of printer ink your organization uses. An easy way to stay on top of your office’s printer ink consumption is with JD Young’s Managed Print Services. See precisely how your organization is printing and get help devising ways to print more efficiently.