Simples! They are going to make lots of money later when you buy the replacement ink cartridges.

Some printer manufactures chase price down when they first sell you their latest ink jet printer knowing it’s going to look the bargain of the century.  It will come with tiny “starter” ink cartridges and very soon it will ask for new cartridges, this is when the fun starts because the new cartridges cost nearly as much as the machine did! The kid’s complain because they have to get their homework in, you can’t print your documents and don’t even think of printing the holiday snaps!

Cheap, I don’t think so!