Better Printer Ink Labeling Needed

Steve Pociask


Over the life of a home computer printer, the cost of buying ink cartridges can far surpass the upfront cost of the printer – and for one major reason – because manufacturers are not required to disclose printing costs.  This lack of disclosure leads consumers to buy printers that are more costly to operate.  This ConsumerGram provides a simple solution to this problem – product labeling.  By improving ink cost labeling for printers, consumers will have the information they need to make better buying decisions, thereby heightening industry competition and reducing the cost of ink.  In fact, product labeling could result in billions of dollars of savings each year for consumers, a fact that has some stakeholders and policymakers taking notice.    


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