I always used to just buy any printer without consideration of the lifetime ink supply cost. But after at least 6 different printers that literally sucked the carts dry after what always seemed like far too few print jobs, lately I've given more consideration into the actual operating costs of the printer, and not just the enticing "sale" price. Once I got a great deal on a very nice laser printer for just $99.00!' Only to find out less than 2 months later that the toner cartridge cost a whopping $200!
So anyhow, the new Canon Pixma Series appear to offer a perfect blend of affordable initial cost for the printer AND the required carts , by Canon, also available at a decent, affordable price. I also REALLY APPRECIATE that Canon ink carts have the small LED Indicator lights built right into the carts to assure you that they have been placed securely and correctly when you install them. VERY COOL FEATURE that really does help even if it seems gimmicky. The way you have to do the install by feel, especially if you have big hands making for tight quarters, it's nice to receive the visual confirmation that you installed each of the 5 carts correctly!
I highly recommend purchasing the Canon brand ink. No matter what you do decide to purchase when it comes time for that first or subsequent ink purchase, steer VERY CLEAR of the "For Dummies" line of ink carts (yes, they have even gotten into selling ink too!) as those carts are WORTHLESS!!!