Why 'Multi' pack cartridges aren't a great deal
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Routinely customers ask for the Valu, Multi or Combo cartridge pack believing it is the best deal. Generally, the opposite is true based on what one actually gets (page rating) and their true cost-per-page. Marketing sleight of hand is amazing.
Why? Almost always, the "Valu Pack" has a "High Yield" (HY) black" and "Standard Yield" or "Low Yield" (LY) color cartridge(s). The associated cost-per-page as a result is only marginally lower than a set of Standard (low) yield cartridges.
For example the HP 8600 / 10 / 20 /30 series uses the HY 950XL and 951XL colors or the LY 950 and 951 colors. Typical retail price for the HP original HY set is: $127.96 which works out to $0.076 per page. The Low yield set: $89.96 or $0.117 perpage. The Valu Pack of a HY 950XL black and LY 951 color cartridges: $96.99 or $0.107 per-page. And the factory remanufactured High Yield 950XL and 951XL further reduces your cost per page by almost 40%.
Cartridges in this example have one of the lowest cost-per-page ratings of any inkjet cartridges. HY cartridges have more ink and thus higher page rating with lower costper-page than LY cartridges. HY cartridges generally have 50% to 200% more ink and about 30% lower cost-per-page. Factory remanufactured are generally 30% to 50% more cost effective.
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