The Epson Printers do not come with Full Cartridges. With your printer there would have been a Folded Paper Quick Set-up Guide.
At the bottom of this sheet of paper/set up guide there is a "NOTE" - which tells you that the Cart's are not full of ink. Think this is something to do protecting the printer head/carts to avoid Spill/damage when in transit.
This is normal. Once you replace the carts then you will get Full printing for your money.
Thank you for the postings, I will persevere a bit longer with the C86. Mind you I wish I hadn't purchased an Epson printer now, with all there scare mungering about compatible catridges, do you or dont you use them?
Have you downloaded status monitor from epsons web site? you can see the ink levels on screen, also if you intend to print off any photos, select the best settings for your printer, and set the paper to photo quality glossy film, you wont be disappointed, choice stationery is very good for compats,regards joel.