FTC Should Require Better Ink Printer Labeling

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 […]

Consumers Support Better Ink Cartridge Labeling

Our online poll of 102 readers found that 96% wanted manufacturers to be required to disclose the cost of printing on printers and printer cartridges.  Because of the lopsidedness of the tally, the error rate in this poll would be plus or minus 3.9%, assuming respondents are representative of the general population.  Clearly, consumers want more information […]

Steve Pociask Testifies at New Jersey Hearing

New Jersey State Assemblyman Paul Moriarty introduced legislation that would require printer ink manufacturers to label ink cartridges.  At a June 10th hearing by the Consumer Affairs Committee, Steve Pociask presented information on the issue, concluding that manufacturers need to do a better job of product labeling in order to give consumers the information they need to make good buying […]

LA Times Reports on the Need for Better Product Labelling, Cites American Consumer Institute Research

This Los Angeles Times article discusses the high cost of computer printer ink and the lack of product labeling on ink cartridges.  The article cites ACI’s 2007 study on the issue.  The Times article discusses efforts by the organization — National Conference on Weights and Measures — to investigate the issue.  To read the entire article in the Times, […]

Reader’s Digest Interviews ACI about Potential “Back to School Savings.”

Reader’s Digest Interviews Steve Pociask of ACI on potential “back to school” savings.  In the September 2009 issue, on page 56, ACI provides information on what some are calling “the stink about ink” — the high cost of computer printer ink.  The article offers readers to visit www.consumercalculator.com to get ACI’s estimates of printing costs for various […]

Steve Pociask Quoted in Anne Kadet’s Article “Printer Ink’s Murky Math,” SmartMoney Magazine, July 2009.

Anne Kadet’s article discusses the high cost of computer printer ink and correctly points out that: 1) printer costs per ink can very from 2 cents per black and white page to 14 cents, depending on the inkjet printer; 2) most manufacturers provide insufficient information on ink costs per page, which leads consumers to buy […]

New York Times Cites ACI and Writes about its New Consumer Calculator

The New York Times discusses our latest Consumer Calculator in its recent personal technology article.  The calculator allows consumers to rank computer printers based on their lifetime printing cost, and shows that ink costs far outweigh the cost of the printer itself.  However, printer manufacturers rarely disclose information on the cost of printing on either their […]

New Consumer Calculator: Save on Printer Ink

In several ConsumerGrams, we reported that consumers were overpaying on computer printer ink by a total of $6 billion a year, because manufacturers were not disclosing their printer or cartridge costs per page.  Furthermore, we showed that, over the useful life of a printer, the actually cost of the printer may be a little as a tenth of the cost of […]

The Need for Better Consumer Information

Consumer Perspectives for the New Year: The Need for Full Disclosure of Relevant Information about Products Discussion of stimulus packages, bailouts and related macroeconomic policy options to create jobs and to get the economy going again has pushed into the background equally important debates over the role of government in individual market segments ranging through […]