I feel your pain. It’s all a ruse to get us to buy more expensive-as-gold toner.
I bought a new Epson printer, and the engineers decided to install features to deter users from installing generic toner. Unfortunately, it’s so sensitive that it wouldn’t accept the Epson-branded toner that came packaged with it, either. Every time I tried to print, it helpfully told me that it didn’t recognize the toner. I had to take each cartridge out and shake it, then wait for it to warm up the ink, before it would print. Fun times, especially when you were in a hurry.
After that toner ran out, I installed Epson-branded toner I bought on Amazon, thinking that it would finally work correctly. Close, but no cigar. It recognized 3 of the 4 but continues to balk from time to time at cyan. I don’t know why. Maybe it feels that “cyan” is pretentious because everyone knows it’s actually blue with a 'tude.
I’ll never buy another Epson printer.