I certainly can't blame people who would go for the new printer over the replacement toner cartridge(s) under those circumstances. I would, however, encourage them not to chuck the printer they're disposing of in the trash but to instead donate it to something like Goodwill or other thrift shop or, in the case of Goodwill here in the USA, take it to them and tell them it doesn't function and should be put into their computer equipment recycling program.
I have never purchased a color laser printer but have had a number of color inkjet printers over the decades. Other than one that was given to me that was an HP I have always exclusively purchased Canon printers (though now that I've done my homework it seems Epson could work, too) because at the time they were the only inkjet manufacturer that had many models in their stable that used separate ink tanks for each color and some with separate black tanks - one for pigmented black ink for documents and another for dye-based black for photographs. There were even some that had grey and green ink tanks. At the outset none of these had the blasted chips and all worked with permanent print heads that were a part of the printer, not the tank. As the years have gone by they have added chips to the ink tanks, but third party sellers have kept up by selling refillable tanks that have auto-reset chips that go back to what the printer thinks is "full" if you remove them and keep them out for a short period of time.
I have saved a fortune by using refillable tanks and buying the ink supply bottles more commonly used with continuous feed systems that can refill a set of ink tanks for years on end.
It is ridiculous to me that a single full set of ink tanks most often costs more than the printer with all its original tanks (whether introductory size or regular) cost to purchase in the first place. Sometimes only two ink tanks cost more than the full setup did.
When you start getting into printers with a black cartridge and a tri-color cartridge the cost skyrockets on the color side at least because in almost every instance one of the colors will run out significantly ahead of the other two - and which that is depends on what you've been printing (but I find that either cyan or magenta almost invariably run out well before yellow ever does).
If I could not use refillable tanks I'd probably be doing the recycle and buy another route.
Brian AKA Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134
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