The total cost of a printer and all the related ink supplies should be taken into consideration when buying a new device.

Individuals may find that the cheaper the unit is to begin with, the more expensive things such as ink cartridges are.

According to Small Business Computing, it is goods such as ink and toner cartridges that bring in the biggest amount of money for suppliers.

Citing findings from Lyra Research, the news provider noted that the cartridge replacement market is worth more than the printer hardware market.

Consumers may, therefore, be wise to consider how much they intend to use their printer, remembering to think about what model is most suitable for their needs. While a cheap printer may offer an instant bargain, in the longer term, costs can go up.

Individuals should also choose a model that meets their needs – as some devices are better suited to printing photos while others may excel when producing text documents.