I needed a good printer to work with my IMac and I needed a scanner that also worked with my IMac ..... My old HP printers (2) no longer had any drivers available that would work. So I bought the beautiful bulky Canon Pixma MG8120. I soon discovered that when one ink cartridge was out, I could not scan...period. I was not scanning to printer, I just needed to scan to the computer. That nearly drove me crazy as I also discovered that this model has a gray cartridge also, that was harder to find. I went searching for the best prices and decided on ebay, got the first replacement set of new canon and was good, then without printing much of anything, the ink was out in 2 colors this time. So I opted for refills from a guy on Amazon.....what a nightmare. The ink of one color soaked into the print head (which is separate) and so nothing would print or scan.
After researching, I decided that the print head needed to be cleaned...another $15, and all began working properly (oh, and I tossed the ink and bought a new set). Now I had decided to try one more option and that is New non-oem ink cartridges which are very cheap on ebay.
Yep, ink cartridges are a total rip-off....on my old HP printers, I could refill them myself and those two printer still work great....but I can't use them on my IMac or my newer computer....only on my older XP laptop.
Ink is a rip off but worse is the printer rip-off.