A few weeks back, my printer suddenly went on strike, showing this error message:
It did still work as scanner, but refused to print. I double-checked the error code online, and it does seem to be something one cannot fix from home. Of course, if Epson had happened to live next door, I could have contacted him... ;) However, I quickly realized that In Real Life, even if should manage to find a repair place, it would be not only simpler but also cheaper to just buy a new machine. (From environmental point of view, that's crazy - but it's how it is.)
But... How and where to buy a new printer just now, in corona times?? (Living alone, no car, and at the moment practicing self-isolation as far as possible...)
While ordering groceries with home delivery from my usual supermarket, it struck me that they do also have some technical stuff there, even if not very much to choose from. I checked, and found that they did have one kind of printer/scanner - which also happened to be on sale just now. I took a chance and added one to my order, hoping for the best (mentally prepared that with the sale, there might not be any left). But: I was lucky, and the printer was delivered problem-free with my groceries yesterday (at bargain price and no extra delivery fee).
It's a HP DeskJet 2630. Including setup
ink cartridges it was less than half the price of a normal set of ink for my old Epson...
Today, I spent like half the day getting it installed. As so often, the instructions were not quite as easy peasy as promised... But, with a bit of trial and error, I seem to have it working with the laptop by cable now. (It's supposed to also work wireless but I've not tried that yet. Not sure I need that anyway.)