questionsany decent photo printers out there?

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I recently bought a Canon Pixma for $25. It is (so far) doing a fantastic job on both documents and photos. I've only had it for about a month, though.

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@mamajamerson: Which model did you choose? I have an older Canon Pixma for regular printing. I have not tried photos on it. Hmm, maybe I should and see how it turns out.

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@pattiq: I had to look it up - it's the MP230.

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We have an older model Canon Pixma (iP1600) and it does a great job printing photos on Costco's Kirkland photo paper. And Costco refills the cartridges for about 9 bucks. I'm not familiar with the newer Canon models.

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@ojulius: I think I will try mine out. I have the ip1700. I never considered it a photo printer.

I have not tried the refills. I do not generally print a ton so I just go with a regular cartridge.

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@pattiq: I think you will be very pleased with the results. Of course, your results are going to depend on the quality of your scans.

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A few years ago I found it was cheaper to pay for prints (1 example Walgreens). Not sure if this is still the case.

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I spent MUCH time on the internet searching for a cheap photo lab and just got a hundred 9x11's delivered to my door for .90 each. I can only imagine how cheap their smaller pics are: sharpphoto.net

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When I print occasionally, I do it at home, on my Canon Pixma MG5320. Prior to that I was an loyal HP user, but those printers, deskjets and photosmarts, were alcoholics. For the most part, I've been happy with my Canon, but it seems like I'm replacing the colors more frequently than I really should be. But, I've been able to order cheap ink from Amazon, that's been pretty reliable for the most part. Once in a while I get a bad cartridge, and I've never contacted the company, but I will for sure in the future. If you have lots to print, which I do plenty of times, especially when mom wants double digits of a few for her friends/family, I prefer online. You can get good deals; free shipping helps. Shutterfly & Snapfish are two of my favorites. I think there's a third but braindead at the moment...
Some you can get shipped to store too, usually a CVS or Walgreens. Walgreens sometimes had good deals too.

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Sure, the Fuji Frontier Digital Minilab. Used, it's a steal for only $11,000:
http://compare.ebay.com/like/370658305141?var=lv&ltyp=AllFixedPriceItemTypes&var=sbar

I'm just coming on here to say that I don't trust an inkjet for my prints. Take it to a digital one hour photo and you'll save money over buying ink AND the print will look better and last longer. Even better, go for one of the major online photo printers.

The price of those machines alone should tell you what a deal you're getting just to go for a print.

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We have the Canon PIXMA MG5320 and recommend it.

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Update: I am printing a few photos this afternoon and am pleased with the results so far. I will keep an eye on the toner cost but so for so good.

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The Epson Artisan line is supposed to be amazing for photo quality, though ink usage and general cost of use are a mixed bag across the lineup. Might be worth looking into if quality is the most important thing to you, even if it costs a little more.