First things first:
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Computer: Toshiba Satellite L840/02K
Windows: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit SP1
Printer: HP Deskjet 2050 J510 Series
My wife bought me the above printer a couple of years ago. The idea is, Messrs H&P virtually give you the printer, then you pay (boy, do you pay) for the cartridges. RRP unknown, but average price for the HP61 regular Black cartridge is currently about AUS$21.00. I need to print for my university studies so who knows what I've spent on cartridges since then. The Black (standard) cartridge I installed 10 days ago is already signalling "Low". I know I've printed more than 137 A4 pages but less than 200. This is getting beyond the joke. There is an XL size which sells at around AUS$54.00 but it sheds ink at the same rate and is no saving.
The obvious alternative is spend more on the printer and less on the ink, but.... (my knowledge well is dry). Anyone been in my situation and knows a good alternative to it? I'm talking home-office scale. I've heard varying stories about Canon and Epson. Given HPs apparent money-making strategy with printers, I'm not really keen to keep going with an HP.