Print just a few pages and your ink levels drop drastically. Have it self clean because you're getting streaks and it uses $30 worth of ink.
Don't use it for a few months and all the ink magically disappears! I always suspected something was up when I'd hear them do stuff in the middle of the night for no reason. Cleaning the nozzles (aka filling up the ink waste tank) is what they were doing. Since the printer cost $20 and the ink is $50 to $60 it heads off to the landfill. The cheap Chinese replacement ink is a waste of money as it ruins the print head within a week...and that's if the chip actually works, so it's a losing battle no matter what.
Laser printers do away with all those issues. I really like how one can sit dormant for a year and then fire out a perfect print.
I hear ya! Last year I bought a HP MFP m477fdn and I've been simply ecstatic with it. Sure, it's costs a small fortune to buy four cartridges at one time, but they also last a long, long, long time. I've saved so much by abandoning the ink jet that the laser printer has essentially paid for itself. Oh yeah, the photos printed on the laser are not bad at all... although I do have to lighten the image up a tad before printing. I will admit that I miss not being able to use colorslide sheets anymore.
A friend of my sons back around 1999 or 2000 used to buy Okidata printers, use up the ink and then sell them on eBay... for about what he bought them for. Once he got the money, he would buy another printer. I think the kid did that about a dozen times.