Bought an Epson printer some 4 years ago; thus got introduced to high ink-cartridge prices and chips on cartridges (to prevent refilling). There are "work-arounds" available to re-use the same, refilled cartridges again, but they are cumbersome. Did dozends of refills on a couple of black cartridges, but the print-head finally clogged and could not be "cleared" (maybe as claimed by Epson, because of using "off-brand" inks). Because of high cost of a "shop-repair" / cleaning of the heads I decided to look around for alternates.
Found a Canon "remanufactured" printer for $ 50, bought it, since the cartridges in it were worth the cost! Also "lucked out" on several features that came with the printer: each color has its own cartidge (my earlier Epson had 3 colors combined in one cartrige, making replacment necessary each time only one of the colors ran out!!! --- except when doing refilling). The Canon does not use the chip on the cartridges, allowing hazzle-free refilling. The cartridges are only half "sponge" and half liquid-reservoir (while most others are completely filled with "sponge"), thus they are running longer, before replacement / refilling is necessary. Finally, the printer has a "user-replaceable" print-head assembly, which is available as "re-built" via the Internet, allowing home-replacement in case of failure, rather than shop-repair, that would have been needed with the Epson, with its "built-in" print-heads. All these features make Canon printers using the "BCI-3e" cartridges and replaceable print-head assemblies a very interesting and cost-efficient printer.