Monday, April 20, 2009

Final Printer Update

For those of you following along on the printer conundrum, it has finally resolved itself. I ordered an Epson Stylus Pro 3800 printer this morning. The main reasons I've chosen this one is that it comes the closest to replacing the printer that recently died, and it gives me far more versatility. I can print up to 16" x 20" prints and as small as 4" x 6".  It will go larger - 17" x 37" if necessary.

What finally swung the vote to the 3800 is that Epson is offering a $300 rebate on this printer plus the purchase of $100 of Epson media. I have needed to order some paper but had held off until I knew which printer I was going with - good thing I did! That makes this printer within $100 of the Pro 2880, which was what I had originally planned to purchase. I purchased my printer from Inkjet Art as the sales guy, Darren,  did a great job of answering 7000 questions and returning emails! And no, I don't get a kickback for mentioning them!

Someone recently asked me why I didn't go with some of the online printers that offer to print one or more prints at the time. These online printers are reasonable for print costs and they are a good answer when you don't want to print a full run (250 is usually an industry minimum) of one piece of artwork. The simple answer is I want control over the process. 

The long answer: Having been a designer for over 15 years, I am all too aware of the variables in the printing process, the possibility of losing control over digital files (and having them pirated), and the shipping costs that add up way too quickly. This is a better answer for me and my current situation. I also feel that I will do as good, if not better, job of making sure my art looks great than someone with 1000 orders waiting to be printed, packaged and shipped.

I hope this helps anyone else out there looking to make the plunge. Let me know if I can answer any questions!
 


5 comments:

  1. Sounds like you did your research (smart girl!) and made a good choice. Hope you enjoy using your new toy!

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  2. Thanks for sharing your decision process, Laure.
    One of these printers is on my wish list! I hope you will keep us posted on how it works out for you - I expect there will be a fairly steep learning curve!

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  3. Thanks, Teresa, and Julie!

    Julie, I'll let you know. I don't expect a huge learning curve - I may be in for a surprise - but things have definitely changed over the years!

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  4. yeah! I'm glad you found your printer. It sounds like a good one.

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  5. I was just reading about the 3800 yesterday - I think you have picked a good one and I think I will always buy Epson too, they are just way better at matching colors

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