Printer ink one of world's most expensive liquids

Quality champagnes and French perfumes are expensive liquids. You might be surprised to know that printer ink is also one of the world's costliest liquids. A survey from the consumer group "Which?" found that some printer ink from tech companies is pricier than many champagnes. Printer ink from printer makers can be up to 286% more expensive than ink from companies that do not make printers. The consumer group said that some branded printer ink can cost $846 a litre. An expert said: "Printer ink shouldn't cost more than a bottle of high-end champagne or Chanel No 5."

Non-branded ink cartridges can be as good as, if not better than the cartridges made by the printer makers. The expert said: "There are lots of third-party products that are outperforming their branded counterparts at a fraction of the cost." "Which?" said buying non-branded ink could save people around $398 a year. It added that deciding which ink to use should be "a personal choice and not dictated by the make of your printer". The printer maker Epson said: "As non-genuine inks are not designed or tested by Epson, we cannot guarantee these inks will not damage the printer."