You may have to move to a color laserjet to escape ink drying and clogging issues. However, the C80 I had did die and a replacement printer was not much more than a set of Epson inks from the local stores.
What I have found to be a good deal is the Amazon.com inks. I can't tell you if they will meet your needs, but it's what I'm using now.
I've got an Epson C80 that I use only occasionally and, as a result, the ink dries and clogs my heads. The headcleaner uses the printers ink to clean the heads and it doesn't do it very effectively. I recently spent over an hour trying to clean and realign my heads, to no avail. I would try to remove the ink cartridges, but the manual says I really don't want to do that.
So someone recommended HP inkjets, which use heat to clean the printheads which, by the way, are on the ink cartridge instead of in the printer. That probably means more $$$ for the cartridges.
So here's my questions: Is there any easy way I can clean my Epson and get it working again without replacing mostly full cartridges? I've heard good things about the H&P 5150's image quality; however, H&P apparently has this ongoing problem with paper feeding and paper jamming with all of its gravity fed paper feeders -- not good. It's medium quality also is horrible I understand.
I like the archival inks Epson offers, but obviously can't maintain them. Can someone recommend a decent printer with good economic inks (no remanufactured or third party) that will last me more than a year or two?
What about the Canons and other brands?