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I have one of these printers and it's been very reliable.
Sometimes the rollers get sort of dried out or "dusty" from all the paper. When they get like this the don't grip the paper as they should.
Disconnect the printer from the power and from the usb cable and pull out the paper and the toner cartridge.
I would get some plain rubbing alcohol and carefully clean the rubber surface of each roller that you can see, both underneath the printer with the paper removed and inside with the toner cartridge removed.
Rotate the rollers with your fingers as you clean them be sure to get the entire surface or as much of it as you can.
In many cases this will fix the problem. If you have a badly worn or damage roller (and you can tell by looking...they look sort of wrinkly/dried up or they could even be cracked), you will have to decide if you want to buy new rollers and install them yourself or if you want to get another printer. I have no idea what the rollers cost, but this particular printer is pretty inexpensive. Mine was about $99.00. If the rollers cost more than 40 to 50% of the cost of a new printer and this printer is more than a few years old, it might be time to consider a new one.
However, if you can get the roller kits for little money, they are usually very easy to replace. Usually the most important pick up rollers slip off and on and are very easy to replace.

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