Home Printer buying – why it is better to NOT buy a Canon Printer!

I bought a Canon Printer (Print, Copy, Scan – INR 3500) some 3 years back from Nehru Place. The guys there advised me not to buy it because of no resale value. They suggested to buy the HP one instead. But they were a bit late as I had already purchased one. And well, impressed with what I had bought, I ignored their comments. Who wants to sell a printer anyways! And if I decide to sell, what price would I get from the INR 3500 printer.

Looking back now, I feel that they were right not only because of the resale point but also the following points –
1. The running cost is exorbitantly high for Canon printers. This is simply because the Cartridge cost is very high.
2. The availability of Cartridges. It is difficult to get Canon cartridges from local shops. So, my dad who is the primary user of the printer had to either go to Nehru Place to buy them or I had to order them through Flipkart.

Now, both the inks are empty and hence no printouts. I am given the task of fixing the printer. The only point I am deliberating now is whether to invest in Canon cartridges or buy a new printer itself. I zeroed-in on an HP wireless printer for the comfort of printing wirelessly (~INR 6000) but still have to make the decision of buying the Canon cartridges vs the new HP printer.

Here is a quick comparison –
Approximate prints requirement per year

Mono Color
800 150

Per page cost

Cartridge Type Cost Yield (pages) Cost/page
Canon PG 810XL Black 1260 401 3.14
Canon CL 811 Tri-color 1335 244 5.47
HP 678 Black 500 480 1.04
HP 678 Tri-color 500 150 3.33

Running cost per year – Existing printer (Canon)

Cartridge type Pages to print Total Cartridge Cost per Cartridge Total Cost
Black 800 2 1260 2520
Color 150 1 1335 1335
Total/Year 3855

Total Running cost for two years = 2 x 3855 = INR 7710

Running cost per year – New Printer (HP)
First Year: New Printer Cost – INR 6000 with 1 black and 1 color cartridge.
Additional Cartridges –

Cartridge type Pages to print left Total Cartridges Cost per Cartridge Total Cost
Black ~400 1 500 500
Total 6500

 Second Year

Cartridge type Pages to print Total Cartridges Cost per Cartridge Total Cost
Black 800 2 500 1000
Color 150 1 500 500
Total 1500

Total Running cost for two years = 6500 + 1500 = INR 8000

As you see here that the cost is almost same after two years and you get –
1. The benefits and Warranty of latest new printer
2. Convenience of a wireless printer
3. Low running cost
4. Convenience of ordering the Cartridges online through HP directly. HP provides this facility. So, no more searching around Canon Cartridges.

Note: This is just an approximate calculation. After I did this calculation, I checked with my dad and he says that currently he buys more than 3 black and 1 color Canon Cartridges per year. That’s more savings if I move to the HP Printer.
Sources: Prices: Flipkart, Yield: the respective websites of Canon and HP

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