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Procurement Market Intelligence Report

Ink Cartridges
Sourcing Guide & Market Trends

Comprehensive intelligence for making smart purchasing decisions

Learn about actual and potential costs

How much should I pay for Ink Cartridges?

What is the average price of Ink Cartridges?

This procurement report includes pricing information to help you purchase Ink Cartridges. Our analysts provide a benchmark price and a price range based on key pricing factors to help you understand what you should be paying for this specific product or service. To see the average price for this and hundreds of other products and services, subscribe to ProcurementIQ.

Has the price of Ink Cartridges been rising or falling?

Analysts look at market data from the previous three years to determine an overall price trend. You can use the recent price trends to help you understand price volatility and plan your budget.

I’m not ready to purchase Ink Cartridges yet. Will I pay more if I wait too long?

We forecast the next three years of price movements by looking at factors likely to affect the market's supply chain, such as inputs, demand and competition. You can then use the price forecast to figure out the best time to purchase.

What other costs are associated with purchasing Ink Cartridges?

Our analysts calculate the total cost of ownership and assign a level of low, moderate or high, depending on things like customization, integration and installation. Use this information to budget for Ink Cartridges with a reduced risk of unexpected costs.

See how we display average pricing information, trends and market data.

Find the vendor to meet your needs

Where can I purchase ?

There is a moderate level of market share concentration within the ink cartridge market, with an estimated 12,060 businesses supplying ink cartridges in the United States. A medium market share concentration results from the top manufacturers generating the majority of the market's revenue while sharing the market space with a... Subscribe to learn more.

Questions to ask potential suppliers

How can I gain leverage during negotiations?

Experience and Expertise

How long have you provided these products to your longest-tenured client?

What qualifications does your staff have and what measures do you take to keep those qualifications up to date?

What industry do you most commonly supply this product for?

To what extent will ordering multiple products from your firm allow me to save on costs?

What is your repeat business rate for businesses in my industry and how does that compare to your overall rates?

Supply Chain Risk

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to raw input materials? How has that changed?

Has the availability of raw materials tightened due to the coronavirus outbreak?

Over the past three years, what percentage of your revenue has been dedicated to labor?

How have fluctuations in input prices affected the prices of your products during the past three years?

How do you mitigate sudden price increases in raw materials?

When input prices rise, how much of the cost is absorbed by you and how much is passed onto buyers?

How, if at all, has your supply chain been affected by import tariffs levied in 2018?


How do you manage regulatory change? Do you have regulation advisers or methods to track regulation?

How have changing regulations influenced your pricing now and how will the changes affect prices over the life our proposed agreement?

What ongoing training procedures do you provide for your staff?

Have you ever been found to be noncompliant with regulatory frameworks?

Amid widespread health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?


How do you audit the quality of your products?

What are your standards for testing a cartridge's suitability for use?

How often do you experience defects or product failure?

Do you have an established quality control department?

What is the expected page yield of your cartridges?

COVID-19 (coronavirus)

Do you source materials with high exposure to market disruptions resulting from the coronavirus pandemic? How are you coping with these disruptions?

How diversified is your supplier base for inputs? Do you source from multiple suppliers in different global regions?

Amidst widespread health concerns, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Are you experiencing fluctuations in demand as a result of the coronavirus outbreak? What measures are you taking to handle increased/reduced demand?


What warranty options do you offer for your products?

What limitations are there to the warranty coverage?

Am I responsible for any replacement costs?

Do you cover damage to machines caused by defective ink cartridges?

Additional Products & Services

What additional products and services beyond ink cartridges do you provide?

Do you also sell printers? Are you able to match ink cartridges to printer models without specific cartridge model information?

Are there discounts for bundling products and services?

What percentage of your revenue comes from ink cartridges specifically?

Customer Service

Do clients have a dedicated account manager or do they call a general support line?

How do you track customer satisfaction?

How often do you seek feedback from clients, and how do you incorporate that feedback?

What is your repeat business or contract renewal rate?

Amidst widespread health concerns, what contingency plans are in place to mitigate risk to your clients and employees? Do you offer clients any flexible exceptions, such as contract suspensions?

Supply Chain Risk

How many suppliers do you source from?

How do you manage risk in your supply chain?

What are your primary input costs, and how do you manage them?

Have you ever experienced a price spike from one or more of your suppliers? How did your business cope?

Has your company ever been at risk of bankruptcy?


Which locations would be serving my business? How does this reduce transportation costs or risks?

How do you reduce the risk of damage during transportation?

How do you ensure timely and accurate shipping?

Do you allow the usage of a client's own shipping, transportation or delivery method?

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Key elements for every RFP

What should my RFP include?

Project Budget

Buyers should indicate the contract budget, if possible.

Buyers should specify payment terms and schedules.

Buyers can reference the Benchmark Price section of this report for assistance in creating a budget.

Selection Criteria

Buyers should evaluate suppliers based on the quality of their product offerings, their facility locations and their supply chain stability.

Buyers should evaluate suppliers based on cost and warranty information.

Buyers should request references from current and former clients.

For detailed selection criteria requirements, buyers should reference the Buying-Decision Scorecard section of this report.

Project Schedule

Buyers should specify the date by which proposals must be submitted.

Buyers should communicate to prospective suppliers when bid awards will be posted.

Buyers should outline the length and terms of the contract and cancelation policy, if applicable.

Buyers should specify the date by which the ink cartridges must be delivered.

Evaluate major factors to mitigate risk

How risky is the supply chain?

Ink cartridges have a moderate supply chain risk. Inputs related to production are somewhat volatile. Suppliers purchase computers, electronic components, plastic, dyes and pigments. These goods are provided by computer manufacturers, semiconductor and electronic component manufacturers, petroleum refineries, petrochemical manufacturers and inorganic chemical manufacturers. The global oil supply glut has... Subscribe to learn more.