The HP 02 cartridges were a nice change for HP in the last few years. They decided to go to a single color cartridge system designed for photos. Using Dye based ink to get the best photos (I know this is up for debate) instead of a Pigment Black and Dye colors.
We often get people asking about our cartridges and why we are around the same price as HP. Couple reasons. 1. The chip needs to get replaced after ever fill. 2. The amount of ink we put in is much more than HP.
Recently HP has came out with HP 02XL cartridges, which you can only find as Sam’s Club in the 5 packs, that claim a 50% increase. So the question is, how much more ink does HP put into the cartridges?
HP 02 Black – Official HP 10ml – XL 15ml
HP 02 Cyan and Magenta – Official HP 4ml – XL 6ml
HP 02 Yellow – Official HP 6 ml – XL 9ml
HP 02 Photo Cyan and Photo Magenta – Official HP 5.5ml – XL 8.25ml
Here are the prices for the XL’s, each color is $13.15 and the Black is $24.44 (Based off from a 48858 zip code). The Standard HP’s Black is 19.99 and the Color is 10.99. Now for O-ink
O-ink HP 02 Replacement Black – 30ml – 17.99
O-ink HP 02 Replacement Color – Each – 10ml – 9.99
Average Cost per ML is the following
Black – O-ink $0.60 – HP Standard $2.00 – HP XL $1.63
Cyan and Magenta – O-ink $1.00 – HP Standard $2.74 – HP XL $2.19
Yellow- O-ink $1.00 – HP Standard $1.83 – HP XL $1.46
Photo Cyan/Magenta- O-ink $1.00 – HP Standard $2.00 – HP XL $1.59
The numbers speak for themselves I believe. Link for the O-ink HP 02XL Replacement 6 pack is here.