According to you, you hardly use the printer yet you want it ready at any given notice and it be an inkjet type. The fact is inkjets sooner or later will clog or degrade in print output. Many makers and those that advise on keeping a inkjet in shape suggest you "print something" just to keep it clog free for best operation on a regular basis. Then on top of that you want it to be $100 or less, so don't expect too much in that price range.
I suggest you stay away from any Epson printer, period. Just about any other printer that has removable ink carts to include inkjets(printhead) be the type you go for. As for price, settle on what makes you comfortable. Otherwise find a cheap $50 printer when on sale or not, get it and when it has problems, pitch it and get another one. However, if you do alot of black(monochrome) printing, seriously consider a b&w laser printer, even step-up to a color laser on lowend offerings.
I been searching for over a week trying to find a printer or all-in-one under $100. I don't print very often, but I don't want my ink to disappear because I'm not using it everyday. I don't print many colored documents. But I don't want my printer not to work because all of my colored ink isn't full when I only want to print black and white documents.
I have been looking at the Brother MFC-210C and the down side that I've heard was that you can't print black and white if the colors aren't full. It also self cleans causing your ink to run out.
Another I was considering is the Epson Stylus CX3810. I read a couple reviews about clogging that makes printer worthless.
I just want something that's not expensive, that I could use cheap ink refills with, and will print black and white when color is low.
Please Help!! This has been really frustrating cause even some more expensive brands have had similar issues. Anyway, thanks for reading all of this.