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The true cost of home printing

By srbutler  
A bit tong in cheek but...

I bought the R800 when it first hit the shelves and it produces some stunning prints (once media has been calibrated I use Monaco EZcolour), but I've used 15 cartridges in 12 months printing on average 10 A4 prints per month. With heads that block if you so much as look at the thing, I will sadly have to retire this printer and look elsewhere

Legal disclaimer: I am in no way saying that my experience with, or this model in particular, is representative of Epson products in general; I have been a staunch supporter of Epson printers and scanners for more than 10 years Smile

Tags: Money Printing Cost Ink Cartridges Flash and lighting Humour and fun

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Rogerex 16 32 12 Australia
27 Feb 2007 11:54AM
Clever picture. I have an older printer of the same brand, it used to be expensive on ink, but since I changed to non- genuine cartridges at less than one quarter of the cost, it is very economical.
jazzygf 18 537 Scotland
27 Feb 2007 11:58AM
How true. How very true.

If you have a tescos localto you get a tesco card and get 100 green points for each cartridge. I have 20 to take along to mine from my epson r300.
JohnHorne 17 1.0k
27 Feb 2007 12:04PM
I don't understand the complaint about cost. You've produced 120 prints at a cost of, say, 180. That's 1.50 per print. Add, say, 50p for paper and it comes to 2 per print. That compares very favourably with Colab (2.45 plus VAT and delivery) or BPD Photech (4.50). Maybe you could find a commercial printer that is a little cheaper, but doing it yourself you get a wider choice of papers and you can have the print in your hands within minutes of deciding you want it. That sounds pretty good to me !
srbutler 18 53 England
27 Feb 2007 3:13PM

I would say the image represents my relationship with this particular printer.

To an extent I agree with your maths. However, I don't print full page so I use about 70% of the paper (~16x24cm window) so that equates to 6/7 A4 pages. Once you add the repeated paper miss feeds (especially gloss), printing with no paper present, nozzle clogs during prints its in the 2.50-3 region. Now there are Fuji Frontier prints available for less than 1 you have to question how you achieve the end result.

That said I much prefer have the control and the immediacy. Having got back from focus, there are much better printers out there achieving better tonal variations than the 800 can, so I will be looking for a replacement.

I paid 280 for the printer, and have spent nearly 400 on ink since.
The overall experience has been one of frustration and disappointment.
JohnHorne 17 1.0k
27 Feb 2007 4:44PM
Stephen - I sympathise. Wasted paper, having to clear blocked nozzles, etc, doesn't make you feel positive about the kit whatever the maths ! I've been lucky with my R1800 and had to scrap very, very few A3 sheets.

Hope you find a printer that gives you more joy soon.


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