Cost Per Page - What Does It Mean

Printer cartridge replacement can be pricey. Every printer utilizes a certain cartridge series at a fixed price, resulting in a wide range of printing expenses. To comprehend these prices, you must examine your printer's cost per page, or the price of printing a single page using a specific printer cartridge. Simply put, the higher the cost per page, the greater your monthly printing spend.

The cost per page (CPP) is calculated by dividing the price of the printer cartridge by its page yield.

CPP = Cartridge cost / Cartridge yield in pages


In order to have a comprehensive understanding of your overall cartridge expenses, we will assist you in determining how these three aspects interact. Before we begin calculating, let's delve a bit deeper into page yield and cartridge cost.


What is page yield?

The page yield is the approximate number of pages a cartridge can print. It is simple to determine the page yield of your cartridge; simply reference the side of the cartridge box or your printer's user manual. Yield might vary dramatically across different printer cartridges.

To make it easier for consumers to compare page yields between models, all printer brands base their yields on 5% page coverage, or pages where only 5% of the page has been printed. 

For example, the page yield of an HP 64XL black ink cartridge is roughly 600 pages.

According to printer manufacturer specifications, you should be able to print 600 pages at 5% page coverage, which is about equivalent to writing 600 brief paragraphs or emails. Consider the 5% coverage as a reference baseline. 

If you are printing something substantial, such as a legal document or a full-page color photograph, your page yield will drastically decrease. Since everyone's printing habits vary, the exact number of prints a cartridge yields varies from user to user.



The cost of a printer cartridge

The price difference between one cartridge and another can vary. There are ink cartridges that cost less than ten dollars and toner cartridges that cost hundreds of dollars. Even if two printer cartridges have the exact same page yield, their prices can vary substantially. 

Each manufacturer has their own reasons for charging a specific price, including technology and development costs that contribute to the determination of value.

Consider the original HP 64XL cartridge, which prints around 600 pages and retails for $41.99. Brother offers an LC103 black ink cartridge for $20.49 that prints the same number of pages for a significantly lower price. 

Depending on the printer you own, even little differences in page yield and cartridge cost can result in a vastly different printing bill at the end of the day.

The next time you're in the market for a new printer, understanding the cost per page will help you make a wise decision. Without further ado, let's get started.

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Computing for the Cost Per Page

Cost per page specifies how much you will be spending on printed pages. You may now determine the cost per page using your knowledge of page yield and printer cartridge price. Dividing the page yield by the cost of the printer cartridge is a fairly straightforward calculation:

Price of the printer cartridge / Page yield = Expense per page

Continuing with our example of the HP 64XL black ink cartridge, we divide $41.99 by 600 to get a cost per page of 6.9 cents.  So, $41.99 / 600=6.9 cents

As anticipated, the Brother LC103 black ink cartridge is far less expensive at only 3.4 cents! That is $20.49 / 600 = 3.4 cents

Since all of the cartridges work together to produce the colors in your prints, the quoted page yield takes all of the involved cartridges into consideration. To get the cost for your color cartridges, first calculate the cost per page for each individual cartridge using the same formula discussed previously:

Price of the printer cartridge / Page yield = Expense per page

Then, sum up the cost per page of all of the cartridges. The page yield of most cyan, magenta, and yellow cartridges is identical, whereas the page yield of the black cartridge is typically somewhat greater. If your printer utilizes four separate ink cartridges, you would add the cost per page of all four cartridges:

(Black cartridge price / page yield) + ((Color cartridge price / page yield) x 3) = Color cartridge cost per page

Original HP 204A toner cartridges will serve as an example. Original cyan, magenta, and yellow toner cartridges cost $59.89 apiece and are capable of printing 900 pages. The 204A black toner cartridge costs $53.89 and produces 1,100 pages. That is ($53.89 / 1,100) + (($59.89 / 900) x 3) = 24.7 cents per page.


Save money by using compatible or remanufactured ink!

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What are interchangeable cartridges? These ink or toner cartridges are newly made and packed with third-party ink or toner that creates sharp, bright, and durable prints.

Compatible toner for laser printers and photocopiers and ink for inkjet printers are essentially brand-new copies of original cartridges. They are meant to provide crisp, clear text and colorful images. The advanced quality control system at ensures that the cartridge you purchase is compatible with your printer without voiding its warranty.

Also, we sell refurbished cartridges. These empty cartridges undergo a rigorous nine-step recycling procedure. This operation entails a comprehensive cleaning, the replacement of worn-out components, and rigorous testing to verify that they produce outstanding results. A remanufactured cartridge is essentially an OEM cartridge containing aftermarket ink or toner.