Agreed, there are none that are really much cheaper. For the cartridges to be reasonably priced, the manufacturers would have to make at least some of their profit on the printers instead of often making a loss as at present.
Trouble is, would anyone pay three times as much for a printer that used cheap cartridges thereafter, and would retailers want to support a product which did them out of fat profits on expensive cartridges? The answer to both those rhetorical questions is probably No.
This problem seems to spreading to laser printers as well now, with some of them going as low as ?69 to buy but with fairly pricey cartridges later.
I have 2 Lexmark printers, their cartridges are pretty pricey and I believe there are no compatibles for them. I have tried JRInjet Refill Inks but that can be messy at times. Printers with separate coloured cartridges would they cheaper to run?
So we are at their mercy. I know that the printers are cheaper than the pair of cartridges. I know someone who buys a new printer when his cartridges run out. But then you'll end up with a storeroom of printers
I also have a Lexmark printer and use the INK-TEC refill kits which I find much better and cleaner from click here. Refill the Black cartridge four times for ?10.00 and refill the colour cartridge ten times for ?13.00.
Thanks I shall give this a try, indeed so much cheaper. The RJInkjet Refill Inks after about three refill leaked out for some reason. What a time I had to clean it. And they clog the print head too which has to be cleaned, at times soaked in Flush. It's a loosing battle.