If you shop carefully you can get an R1900 for small money. I got one new from the Epson store at the end of November for a net of $165 after rebate and discount coupon. Amortize that over 4-5 years and it's pretty reasonable. The expendables are where the money is. The 1900 is better than the 1800 was from my experience. I think it's better to move on to the next technology than to worry about fixing the old printer.