I have the same problem as you all. I noticed the first post on this was from 2014 and now 3 years later, all except two people have the same problem.
I am surprised that the FTC (Federal Trade Commission) has not filed complaints against Epson.
Not only are they are cheating all customers, but they are causing personal problems for the USA Consumers,
This has happened to me with this this WF-2540; my daughter has an Epson XP-220, she needed to print a copy of the Birth Certificate of one of my grandchildren that was extremely urgent to print, and guess what, the yellow cartridge was empty and it was impossible to print. It was Sunday night, all places that can print for you were closed, so she emailed me the pdf file for me to print so I could take it to her....
Guess What... magenta cartridge was out and it was impossible for me to find a workaround to make it print.
I borrowed a Brother laser printer from my neighbor, printed everything and problem solved.
Next day,, Monday, ran to Office Depot, spent $70 dollars on a large 200XL black, and the other three cartridges, my wife wanted to be able to print in color once in a while.
Another caveat was that sometimes we didn't print for three or four months, which was the case this time.
Installed the cartridges, tested them, I cleaned the nozzles, the heads, whatever to make it print legibly,
I used up three of my new cartridges, just trying to get it to print, and the reason they black didn't run out was because I bought the 200XL.
I bought a Samsung Laser printer and it's great, i tried to see if i could figure out a workaround to this problem, since I've been a programmer since the late 60's and I wrote software till 2011 when I retired.
So, all my IT life I've never met a programmer that didn't leave some kind of error in the software that I can exploit. or wrote his own software like myself that didn't rely on packaged programs to check you code and write all the other stuff that the OS does now.
No Luck, I'll keep working on it, but so far I think it's the embedded code in the printer not the driver, I installed a generic driver and the printer did the same thing, in my case it just produced internal errors
AAARRRGGGHHHH What a piece of crap, i'm wasting time on it because there is nothing good on TV and I can only drink so many beers.
I was going to film the destruction of it, but I'm sure there is some kind of law that will get me arrested... maybe I'll take it into the desert and shoot it up and maybe it will work then...