You have an Epson, bad already. The plain fact as explained or allow me, Epson and many others use the process of head cleaning to refresh the printheads. That also allows ALL inkjets to use all inks in order to do so. Most modern inkjets don't print in "B&W-mono" anymore because they spend ink carts as the side benefit to companies. Epson has a bad record of when it fails, it fails miserably. recovery is cleaning the printheads, repeatedly until the "ink clogs" are removed. Of course, this takes more ink and the cost of OEM ink is expensive. As the other poster mentioned, Canon does well on refills or 3rd party inks, Epson doesn't. That all depends on the refiller source and vendors, etc., but it seems Canon is more tolerate. Visit Epson support website and follow their advise of head cleaning if you have the inks. However, if you abandon your current printer then consider *NEVER* allowing the ink to get that low or when it does, replace ASAP. Maybe, wait for a bargain or sale and get something other than Epson.
Understand any printer that uses 3rd party tends to lose warranty support, thus use when warranty is gone. I like to mention, I found HP and Canon to offer the better overall use, though others may claim otherwise, just take it or leave approach. I lean towards Canon for the nod, though, cost of operation and general upkeep is pretty good.