I got a Canon Pixma PRO-100 from B&H a while ago when they were having a sale. It was $500 or so, and if you bought some fancy paper with it, you got a $400-$500 debit card as a rebate. So, it was basically free. Ink isn't cheap, of course, but you could basically get the for printer free if you looked around. I bought spare ink for it, but haven't needed to use it yet.

For routine color printing, we have a Lexmark CS410DN that works well and gives nice output. It hasn't needed refilling yet (though we don't use it a lot).

Yeah, if you're doing a lot of printing, hiring it out is usually a better option.

And < $100 color printers are a poor bargain, especially if it's not a Canon.


[edit:] Fixed dangling less-than sign which has bitten me before...