First post, by Nemo1985
For some years I used a Brother all in one inkjet printer, I have chosen this brand (for the first time) because it was the last which didn't use the infamous cartridges with chips.
Then I decided I needed an automatic front-back printer, I do not print much and I mainly use black ink, sometimes I use the scanner.
One year ago I found for just €99 an Epson WF-2860, automatic front-back printing, adf, nice features that I won't need much but when I do they come handy.
I then bought ark chips from China and some bottles of ink, just to be ready when the original cartridge were empty (or the printer would have claimed so).
Well the cartridges finally were empty (spoiler: not true, the printer claimed so but there were still some ink inside and shaking them the sound of liquid was clear enough).
I started to use the arc cartridges, then Epson updated the firmware and guess what? They were not working anymore! So they are like stalker, the printer keept saying there was an updated firmware, update, update, update (the little monitor won't turn off), you do and you are forced to get into their shady business of cartridges with chip, claim the cartridge to be empty when they were not.
Well in the end, while switching the cartridge (I was able to downgrade the firmware), one of those pins which connect the chip, come off and the printer is now a brick, because the printer won't recognize the damn chips anymore and it claims there is no cartridge (actually it isn't able to recognize it).
I know there is a shady site which buying a key claims to be able to use the printer without chips, but I don't feel I trust it.
Is there any printer producer which doesn't force the user to buy expensive cartridges nowadays and let the customer to fill their cartridge without hassle?