I haven't actually used the ink from this purchase yet because I bought it using my rewards points before they expired. But, my experience is sometimes I get only a few pages before needing to replace, maybe 20 pages at the most, but this last ink has lasted longer, which is why I haven't had to replace it with my new purchase yet. I have yet to see it last as long as they say it does, though. I would say that it's not any less expensive to use than any other printer because of this. It's frustrating when you're needing to print something out but you're not able to because all of the sudden you're out of ink.