Re: I took my home printer to the tip a few weeks ago.
"I have a sneaky suspicion that nobody actually *likes* the printer they have. It was something they've just learnt to tolerate, like the monthly connection charge for your landline."
I'm actually quite happy with my Brother HL-3140 color laser printer. Which works absolutely fine with cheap third party cartridges, and if the printer thinks a cartridge is empty then it isn't, then Brother's website has instructions how to fix it.
If you have one of these HP printers and you are a consumer in the EU, you take it back to the shop and ask for the problem to be fixed or a refund.