Not to mention that if you don't print that often the ink clogs up. I maybe print 50 to 100 pages a month.
I have a Brother color laser printer at home and I had to replace the black cartridge once in 18 months ($50 bucks on amazon) and haven't replaced the color at all. My default is B&W and rarely print color.
My understanding is that if you print your photos then ink jet is the way to go. To me, I just bring the memory card into Walgreens if I need to print pictures for cheap.
I really don't see the need for ink jet printers at all.
I do artwork and need a higher-end ink-jet printer. The higher-end units are more maintenance-free and use non-consumer cartridges with better life and overall less cost. Most commercial/serious artists use Epson's photo and art printers-- not really pricey over the long term, just larger initial investment. Aqueous ink-jet printers are de rigeur for fine art/photography.
Laser printers are good, but the toner/fuser process results in a final surface that cannot take conventional artists' media like india ink and aqueous inks/paints/dyes. Even acrylic airbrush often beads up on the laser print. Lasers can't use all forms of paper-- can't run tabloid 400 Bristol (sequential art standard) through most laser printers.