Name brand ink cartridges are expensive, but you can get them a lot cheaper if you buy an “off-brand” that does not come from the printing manufacturer.
The New York Times writes When I typed the keywords “ink cartridge” at shopping.com last week, the search turned up more than 9,000 results. Name brand, house brand, reconditioned, remanufactured – some sites like inkcartridgesworld.com even sold ink cartridge refill kits. (“Is it messy?” the site’s FAQ asked. The answer: “At first you might get some ink on your hands, but it really isn’t a big deal. The ink can be removed quickly by using a mild bleach solution.”)
Over the next few weeks and months we will be testing the inks head-to-head on such criteria as quality, cartridge-page yields and effectiveness in keeping children away from my office printer.
I suggest you read the full NY Times article and see the outcome of the “ink cartridge” study in a few weeks.