For some reason, Canon printers will not let you use a standalone black cartridge. Without a color cartridge, you are out of luck. Another problem is that most new Canon printers are sold as a package deal:
In buying new ink cartridges, you're spending more than $10 more than you have to when making a printer package purchase.
In the past, I had an HP printer that allowed me to use black ink. On a Canon Printer, the orange light will flash, stating that you have to change the color ink. It's really frustrating because I need to print some documents. I will never buy another Canon printer again.
Dell printers are also a waste too. They are not compatible with Macs. Dell printers and computers are a waste of money. Don't trust their physical designs. Avoid Canon printers and Dell printers. Trust me. They will take up unnecessary space.