other way around for me for maintenance. My $40 Lexmark Z42 has been trouble free for about a year, i tried a $40 HP when my lexmark ran out of ink since ink was more expensive than printer, and it worked horribly the first day (took it back), I have also seen problems with other HPs. Sure HP has better picture quality, but I like my Lexmark for reliability, good for printing text. There are plenty of good sub-$100 printers out there. I would suggest buying an older one so you dont have to install their software on your computer if you have windows XP.
I have seen some great deals on some Canons, which are my favorites.