A&P Is it worth it to buy your own printer? How about this one?

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  1. SpiderOnTheFloor

    SpiderOnTheFloor New Member

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    trying to decide if its worth it to buy a small home printer for photos. Anyone have experience with Canon MP640?
     
  2. tenplanescrashing

    tenplanescrashing Active Member

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    As long as Costco offers them for $0.17 and sub-dye printers are still $800 at the cheapest, i'd say printing at home is a complete waste of time and effort.
     
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    the MP640 is $150...does that mean its rubbish?
     
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    yes
     
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    The printer is probably good, but the time/effort to get a print seems not worth it.

    Upload to Costco, wait an hour, drive down, pick up, enjoy.
     
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    SpiderOnTheFloor New Member

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    lol alright...whats gonna be better about a higher end one? is the MP640 gonna break down or what?
     
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    its just the hassle. sub par prints compared to decent prints from costco, then great prints from Millers Lab ( or other places )

    then you have to purchase GOOD paper, and ink.

    but thats my personal opinion on it
     
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    I bought myself a Canon iP8500 some time ago (same printhead as the iP9000) and while it makes pretty good prints, I wouldn't make the same decision again. Easier to get them done at a print shop and better quality.
     
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    The nearest costco is 187 miles from me :/ (About the same as the nearest walmart)
     
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    Jcolman OT Supporter

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    I have an Epson artisan for printing on CD's and DVD's and making 4x5 prints. Everything else gets sent to a pro lab.
     
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    I also have the epson Artisan ( 810 )

    which I use to make small prints for our frames around the house, printing on CD and cd case covers. thats pretty much it
     
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    Find me a lab that can do 16x24s for under $4

    If you print a lot, then the initial investment is well worth it
     
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    print a lot of 16x24's on a store bought printer and then print one with millers for instance

    now look at the cost to quality ratio.

    Ill take paying for millers personally
     
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    Even if I was able to find one for $6-8, that's still cheaper than buying the printer + paper + ink and maintaining it all.

    Sorry, but unless you need instant gratification, printing at home is just not as economical.
     
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    I have, many times. I prefer mine, namely as I get more choices in paper. Quality wise there is little no no difference, and the cost isn't even in teh same ballpark.
     
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    under 10 + shipping for a quality print would be hard to beat

    and if you are serious about this, and you plan to print a lot, it pays for itself in no time.
     
  17. Nader_D

    Nader_D HAHAHEHHUH ---- POOOHhHhHHCHhh! OT Supporter

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    i got to use an epson r2400 @ work for my work gallery.

    it cost them around $1000 to buy it a few years back. i think its 7/8 seperate color cartridges and does up to 13x19 prints. its an amazing printer, but its very expensive to get one with all the inks.
     
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    I place an order with WHCC and in 2 days Its at my door and looks great.
     
  19. upgrayedd

    upgrayedd a double dose of this pimpin OT Supporter

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    I started a thread on this exact printer/subject and hardly anyone replied. :rofl:

    I picked up a refurbished MP620B for $60. If you have a Microcenter near you, check it out.

    For $60 you cant go wrong... Anything you want seriously printed should be going out anyway.
     

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