According to Lyra Research (Lyra.com), a set of replacement cartridges for the $500 Brother HL-2700CN costs nearly 20 percent more than the printer. Replacement cartridges for the $400 Lexmark C510 cost 10 percent more than the printer.

Many printer producers make most of their profit selling replacement ink and toner cartridges, rather than from selling the printers themselves. Hewlett Packard has been noted in many places for this practice. Lyra Research noted that the best deal on replacement cartridges was for Okidata’s C3200N color laser; those sold for only half the printer price.

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