I am a bit conflicted here. I had resigned myself to the fact that if my printer issue could be solved for $23 and I did not have to waste a bunch of time troubleshooting the money would be worth it.
Although you may have provided a valid response, your answer to simply buy a new printer hardly seems like a worthy response. I always knew I could do this. The fact that my printer is fairly new and this was the first time I replaced cartridges makes me wonder if there might not be a simplier, less expensive answer.