The most important machine I had in my classroom was my color inkjet printer. It was many years before I wised up to the idea of purchasing a printer based on the cost of the ink, but I finally got it. The printer I’m using now has cost me less than $25 in ink a year (working in special education); I used to spend that each month. Unfortunately, it’s out of production.
I recently purchased a Brother MFC 250 for less than $60, and it scans, copies, and prints. (It doesn’t have a fax.) It has four print levels: fine, normal, fast normal, and draft. Fast normal is what I use, even for final copies of things for the classroom. It doesn’t do that great on photo printing–when I want something to look really good I use my Canon Pixma 9000, but it does great for everything else. My husband is using this printer and he hardly ever prints anything, so I can’t speak for the number of pages it will produce. You can buy high-capacity ink cartridges for it.
12 Pack. Compatible Brother LC-61 Cartridges. Includes Cartridges for 3ea LC-61 of each Color Black Cyan Magenta Yellow.
That’s 12 cartridges for less than$9!