I have been getting a lot of searches on “moderate yield ink levels”. So I figured I would spell it out plain and simple. It is a waste of money.
Lexmark is the most common company that does moderate yield cartridges. Cartridges like the 17, 71, 49, 19, and 32 are only half full cartridges.
Here are some numbers. Lexmark 17 cost $21 for roughly 200 pages. Lexmark 16, which is physically identical, cost $33 for 400 pages. For 12 bucks more you get 200 more pages. Same with the Lexmark 71 and 70, the 70 cost about $35 for 600 pages, while the 71 cost about $22 for 255 pages.
Bottomline, if you see moderate yield ink, don’t get it. Get the High yield or Standard yield cartridge for your printer, it will save you money in the long run.