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The cost of printer ink for some inkjet printers is now costing the consumer the equivalent of over $20,000 per gallon.How has this increase come about? Obviously some of the increase is related to normal price rises over the course of time, but the most significant rise has been due to the printer manufacturers producing cartridges that contain less ink. Most of the major manufacturers have adopted this trend, but it is best exampled by the leading printer manufacturer, Hewlett Packard. A few years ago the smallest three colour inkjet cartridge contained 19ml of ink, giving just over 6ml of each colour cyan, magenta and yellow. The comparable cartridge today only contains a total of 5ml of ink, that's less than 2ml per colour. Canon is the only manufacturer not to follow this trend, the Bci3 cartridge of the late 90's contained 13ml of ink and its modern day equivalent, the Cli8 still contains 13ml. So for consistency in levels of printer ink, the prize goes to Canon.Bear this information in mind when you next replace your inkjet printer.