So we've decided to buy a printer. We popped along to a local electrical appliances shop and looked at what was on offer. Eventually someone wandered over to see if we wanted to buy anything. His only tip was this:
"Don't buy HP or Lexmark, their cartridges are really expensive." Turns out he's right, the cartridges ARE expensive for these models BUT there's a reason. With HP and Lexmark you get a new print head with every new cartridge whereas with Canon or Epsom you use the same print head and just refill the ink.
The result is that Canon and Epsom printers are more expensive at the outset but cartridges are cheaper when needed. The upside being lower running costs but the downside being the potential cost implication of having to replace the print head should it die on us.
HP and Lexmark printers, on the other hand, are cheaper at the outset but the longer term running costs are higher. The upside of this is, supposedly, better print quality over a longer period of time due to regularly replacing the print heads.
Thing is, I don't think I've ever known a print head to go wrong on any printer I've had or used so is buying an HP or Lexmark a false economy - if we buy a Canon or an Epsom, will the print head go kaput and cost us another shedload?