How Much Does It Cost To Print Your Own Photos?

Started Mar 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
JerryG1 Veteran Member • Posts: 3,232
Re: How Much Does It Cost To Print Your Own Photos?

What's the point of a survey, Tom?

For all reasonable circumstances the two dominant costs are ink and paper, and those are already well documented. For example Eric Chan estimates ink usage for the Epson 3800 at 2ml/square foot + maintenace use at 10-20%. Price of OEM inks currently are about $50/80ml . This works out to about $1 to fill an 8.5 x 11 inch piece of paper with an average picture's worth of ink.

Paper varies from about $.10 to $2.00 per " sheet. Add the $1 worth of ink to the cost of your favorite paper and you've got the two most significant costs.

Printers last years, usually becoming technically obsolete before non-fuinctional. Hardware depeciation over a lifetime of several thousand prints is only a few pennies or at most dimes per print for any sensible workload. All other costs are even lower

It costs me about about 2.50 for an 8.5x11 image on my $1/sheet Ilford Gold Fibre Silk.

Note that this does not include the cost of mistakes, which I prefer to call proofs. The cost of what goes in the garbage probably equals what I keep--such is the price of perfection ;).

Yes it's cheaper to go to Costco than to print my own. Cheaper, but not nearly as good.

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