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May 07, 2011 09:16 |  #1

Bought an Epson R3000 printer just recently and needed new Inks the other day.. I went to the EpsonAustralia site and saw that these inks are retailing online for $47.99AUD (Approx $51.00USD) per cartridge. When I check with both Epson USA and B&H New York I find these same cartridges are $30.00USD & $28.00USD respectively.!!! This is totally unacceptable that Epson Austral;ia are selling the same Ink Units as USA at over 70% more in price than it retails for through Epson US!!!

I sent an email to Epson Australia asking why Epson Australia are charging so high for the same product as USA Epson however I suspect I will get a load of BS from them as a response.

The crazy thing about this is I can buy a set of cartridges from B&H in New York still way cheaper than buying here even with $60.00 Fedex freight thrown in and I get delivery in approx 4-5 days from otherside of the world .

Anyone have a clue where there is cheaper here in Australia. ???? Ive looked but found nothing

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May 07, 2011 17:41 |  #2

import tax? or just maybe eposn think australian have more money.


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May 07, 2011 18:45 |  #3

czynot wrote in post #12366506 (external link)
import tax? or just maybe eposn think australian have more money.

I think its what most regulators would catagorize as price gouging..... Import Tax here is only 10% which is a combined Customs VAT . I assume US even UK have taxes in their goods but they are all still substantially cheaper!. Epson cant argue that its cheaper to import into US either as the manufacturing plants are most likely in SE Asia which infact is as close or infact closer to Australia than US or Europe!

Until Epson Australia get competition that will force them to lower prices I need to find another supplier here as only buying 2 cartridges at a time from US means high freight costs. Means I have to buy a whole set ($300.00) each time to make it worthwhile

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May 08, 2011 15:54 |  #4

I use a RIHAC continuous ink system (external link) with my Epson Artisan 725. The system costs about AU$140, with a full set of inks, which even though I use my printer a bit are still almost full. 100ml of ink costs about $14. I think Epson cartridges have about 5ml of ink in them.

Basically once you've bought the system ink costs 90-95% less than stock, and so far it's very reliable and looks as good as Epson.


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May 08, 2011 16:04 |  #5

US has no VAT which is added to prices all along the manufacturing and distrubution chain (more intermediate handlers = more VAT total value is added to goods sold to the consumer)


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May 08, 2011 18:17 |  #6

Probably has something to do with the number of products sold to B&H and the American vs the, I suppose, smaller market in Australia.


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May 08, 2011 21:09 |  #7

DAMphyne wrote in post #12372106 (external link)
Probably has something to do with the number of products sold to B&H and the American vs the, I suppose, smaller market in Australia.

Well if you look at Epson in Canada which is a smaller market than US and more like Australia you still get 35.99 CDN ($34.50AUD) in Epson Canada vs $47.99AUD in Epson Australia. Thats still about a 40% difference.


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May 08, 2011 21:25 |  #8

tim wrote in post #12371454 (external link)
I use a RIHAC continuous ink system (external link) with my Epson Artisan 725. The system costs about AU$140, with a full set of inks, which even though I use my printer a bit are still almost full. 100ml of ink costs about $14. I think Epson cartridges have about 5ml of ink in them.

Basically once you've bought the system ink costs 90-95% less than stock, and so far it's very reliable and looks as good as Epson.

yep continuous inking seems the way to go...Just have to find it for the 3000


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May 08, 2011 22:40 |  #9

clipper_from_oz wrote in post #12373067 (external link)
yep continuous inking seems the way to go...Just have to find it for the 3000

Email them, their customer service is excellent. It's probably cheaper over the course of a year to replace the printer and buy a CISS than to keep using Epson inks.


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