After doing some online research, printer technicians say genuine cartridges are the way to go. They lubricate printheads and extend the life of your printer. My old Canon eventually died by bleeding to death from using aftermarket ink. That said, printers are so cheap you could just buy another. And my old Canon had a long and fulfilling life for many years. This multipack is nearly the same price as the printer. It's a scandalous scam really. And all manufacturers do it.
These Epson Apple type are the same physical size as the Epson Fox T1285 multipack, yet shockingly twice the ink capacity. Fox cartridge only holds a tiny 3.5ml that I'm constantly changing. This Apple pack works out cheaper on ink. But there are even cheaper alternatives out there, albeit not genuine Epson, with massive 13ml cartridges for half the price. I print a lot of standard quality college material/notes. Personally, I'll be alternating between genuine and non-genuine to save money, but still maintaining the printhead somewhat. If the printer lasts 2-4yrs, I'd still be happy. It was relatively cheap to buy, not like the ink!
PS: mine came in the original packaging.