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Even if you buy an inexpensive printer, high printer ink costs can send your wallet into shock. So why do high printer ink costs exist? According to PCWorld.com, the major printer companies like Epson, HP, and Canon have taken on the same stance the cell phone companies do when it comes to making profits. Printer companies sell the equipment at cost or even below cost and then recoup their fees in necessary accessories, like printer ink. Some of the top vendors are fighting their competing compatible ink vendors via lawsuits, citing patent violations. The printer companies also cite competing replacement inks as inferior products. However, according to PCWorld.com, though there are inferior compatible ink brands on the market, you can find a number of quality third party replacement inks.