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My trusty Epson inkjet printer, bought secondhand at a church sale for $5, several years ago, finally gave up the ghost a couple of days ago, and I need a new printer. I am hoping some of the people here can advise me about currently available models.
First of all, I should say that money is very, very tight, so my first priority is to find something that is both cheap to buy, and that will not cost me too much for new ink (or toner, or whatever). I am happy to buy 3rd party, or refurbished and refilled, ink cartridges online, or to refill cartridges myself, by hand - I have done both successfully with my Epson in the past (and there is no indication that this had anything to do with its eventual failure) - but I am not sure if this is possible with all current models. I would rather get one for which I can get relatively cheap new ink in one or both of these ways.
On the other hand, I do not care greatly about speed or print quality (within reason). Mostly I will just be using for short text documents, scientific articles and web pages. Sometimes the articles and web pages do have colored diagrams, so I would prefer to be able to print colors, although I might be willing to sacrifice that if I can save a substantial amount of money by sticking to black and white and grayscale. However, I certainly do not need to be able to print out photographs with realistic color, or anything like that. Low price is much more important.
Also, I have no use for wireless connectivity (which appears to be a common feature of printers these days) and I do not need a built in scanner (which a lot now also seem to have). I also do not care much about how big it is (again, within reason). I guess I do care about reliability, though.
If it makes a difference, my computer is running Windows XP professional.
Any suggestions or advice?
Also, are secondhand printers generally a good bargain? (I was lucky with my Epson, but my intuition is that in general it is not a good idea, and that there is a high risk that they will soon fail. Maybe that is wrong though.)