I purchased a canon ipf5000 about 6 months or so ago. I hardly used it. I printed maybe 6 A3 size sheets.
Then not long ago I had to replace all the inks which cost over $1,000.
I have always left the printer on (as I was told to leave it on to do a self clean), but during that time it had used all the ink. This is expensive! Has anyone else found this to be a problem? Is it really best to leave it turned on?
One reason I bought it was because it was supposed to be economical on inks...not so!
The salesman is a lie-ur, all printing costs money, its only when you are doing large runs does it start to make good profit, I know with digital machines they have to keep cleaning themselves to keep the heads moist and to prevent clogging in the ink network. Most printers have an optimal working environment eg: 25ºc with 50% humidity, maybe a humidifier in a controlled environment may assist more in keeping the heads moist and you can turn the machine off when not in use, because I also know there is a marketing ploy that the machine is an initial once off cost but the bigger returns are on ink sales.