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The Alternative To An Ink Cartridge

Mar 6, 2008
Next time you go and buy an ink cartridge and complain about the price think of the alternatives.

If you give up printing and decide to go back to good old fashioned pen and ink, think about the price of a pen. Diamond encrusted pens in the US sell for amounts that make your ink cartridge expenses look like a drop in the ocean.

You could buy the fountain pen from Montblanc, made from 18K white gold and set with 1,430 brilliant cut diamonds. A snip at $150,000 when you compare it to La Modernista's solid silver pen, created in memoriam of architect Antoni Gaudi. A mere 5,071 diamonds and 96 rubies are set into this masterpiece making it one of the most expensive pens in the world. Or so you would think.

We then have the limited edition Mystery Masterpiece. There are three variations with a choice of rubies, sapphires or emeralds as well as 840 diamonds. What makes this one so expensive is the fact that there are only nine in existence.

Makes the humble ink cartridge look positively affordable, don't you think?

I wonder if they use one in the House of Commons? The new reception desk complete with its opaque glass top and limestone front it still only seats two people comfortably. At 83,000, pounds I'd want a whole office block not just somewhere to park my printer and cheap little ink cartridge!

Of course, every office is equipped these days with a printer and ink cartridge. And office space is not cheap. One particular plot in London lets office space with a price tag of over $18,000 per year per workstation. I bet they have the world's most expensive ergonomic chairs at 862 pounds each, too.

If you wanted a printer that deserved pride of place in the office, there will shortly be an auction sale to sell off Hewlett Packards celebration printer. They took their most popular printer and covered it in gold making it worth $20,000. I wonder how much an ink cartridge would be for that?

Still not convinced that ink cartridges are relatively cheap? Take a look at the world's most expensive laptop. With a self opening case, 17' wide screen LED display, Blu ray player, 128GB hard drive and an anti-glare screen it also comes with the most exclusive security. Complete with a coloured diamond that needs inserting into power button to start it up, that's not something you'd trust to just anyone.

I just know that for $1 million dollars, I wouldn't want a lap top with a self cleaning screen, I'd want my own cleaning company to come round and take care of it for me. And can you imagine trusting that diamond to anyone? I have enough trouble keeping track of my children and my own car let alone a tiny diamond!

If you think this would be a problem and don't want to set you printer up on this type of machine, why not revert to good, old-fashioned pencil? For a measly $12,800 you can obtain yourself a very reliable pencil fashioned from 240 year old olive wood. It comes with a diamond encrusted end cap and built in pencil sharpener.

So when it comes to disposable commodities, the humble ink cartridge is going to see you better off than a pricey pen or pencil, anyday.
About the Author
Expert buyer Catherine Harvey looks at the options for those who think ink cartridges are not worth the cost. To find out more please visit http://www.inksave.co.uk/
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