Yes, this sounds reasonable and is how humans think. And that should be finde. Emphasis on should.
Over the years, however, manufacturers of printers built in hugh mongous amounts of measures and tricks into their devices, just so the consumer has to pay double, triple and more of what should be paid, if they weren’t so extremely greedy and dishonest.
For example, they invented a fixed lifetime, determined by the count of printed pages, for printer cartridges. Often, if you print 10_000 pages, your ink counts as “empty”. It literally does not matter if it is empty. It might still be half full (sometimes this is actually the case). But once this random rip-off mark of 10_000 pages is hit, your cartridge counts as empty, no matter how full it is.
Another example is, blocking 3rd party cartridges, which usually cost 70 - 90% less of what the original cartridges cost. They are not worse in quality! They are not bad! They are simply just cheaper. And that’s what the manufacturers hate.
I know what I’m talking about.
1 Cartridge for my 16 year old professional business printer costs about 100 bucks, when bought branded by the original manufacturer (Dell).
A couple of years ago I paid 40 bucks for about five 3rd-party non-original aftermarket cartridges. I still use them today and they are fine.
I do not need to explain the difference between 40 bucks and 500 bucks. Especially when the printer is so old, I could sell it for the price of half an original cartridge…
Before I bought those cartridges, I constantly heard that super loud and annoying beeping sound, because the black one was supposed to be empty. I would expect a newer and cheaper printer to block you from printing altogether, if just one cartridge seems to be empty.
Long story short, printers are literally a rip-off by default and that’s not exaggerated!!
Due to my experience, I will give you my honest opinion:
Save the trouble and just buy 3rd party non-original aftermarket cartridges. This will be the cheapest massage for your nerves, you will get this year. 20 to 50 bucks (depending on model and type) paid once in 2 to 5 years (depending on usage) for the printer to shut up and behave is absolutely worth it.