1. You covered the cost issue.
2. These forums are mostly non-business printer owners. Many will have 99 dollar or less printers and print something weekly or less.
Hope this explains why it rarely comes up.
Try a forum that caters to and attracts print shop type volumes.
I've just been reading your forum on ink cartridges - generic, OEM, home-refilled, etcetera - and maybe I've missed it somewhere, but I am surprised that nobody seems to mention the possibility of using Continuous Inking Systems such as Niagara or C.I.S?
With these, one buys one's printer ink in bottles - usually 4-ounce, 8-ounce or pint-sized - and the different colours are fed along plastic tubes to modified cartridges which replace those originally supplied with the printer. The set-up costs quite a lot to start with - mine for an Epson 1280 cost about 200 dollars, including six 4-ounce bottles of ink - but the running costs are almost negligible, perhaps 10% of normal, and some very good quality inks can be got including 100-year archival-quality pigment ink.
I'd say this is only worth looking into if you do quite a LOT of printing, especially colour photo printing - 50 full-size sheets a month perhaps, which is about what I do. But if you DO want to do a lot of large color photo prints - or make your own Christmas cards, perhaps, or anything like that - continuous inking seems about the only way to make it affordable, and I've been using that for four years now.
Unfortunately only some printer designs can be adapted to continuous inking (mostly, I believe, they are Canons or Epsons) but I wonder what kind of experiences other people have had in this field?
Greetings to everyone - Meg.