Nobody likes paying for the dreaded refills of ink. But let's face it, we use it so have to put up with it. HP allowing for a multi-pack, not all manufacturers do, allows you to gain at least some discount. I'm not sure the bonus pack of photo paper etc is a mislead to get you to use all your ink up with the novelty of being able to print your own photos and never use it myself, but hey, in truth they don't have to put it in and you are the master of your mind. My view is don't use for photo's because it's cheaper to go to the big out of town stores who print anything for a couple of pounds. Otherwise HP will remain my favourite for at least a while.