Information on my Epson 3880 ink consumption; couple questions

Started Oct 4, 2012 | Discussions thread
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Re: Information on my Epson 3880 ink consumption; couple questions

jeffsw6 wrote:

I don't know where you got your data from, but even with OEM inks, they should be no where near US$2.35 per 13x19 inches. Your ink costs with OEM ink should be under $1 per square foot. 3880 OEM ink carts are about $50 each.

The print monitor is not working for me yet, so I am just estimating based on the ink levels reported in the LCD menu, 73% for one cartridge, 79% for the next, etc.  I did write down the figures before making these 12, but after doing some test prints and the initial printer setup.  But I imagine the print monitor information will be more accurate.

I have the 3880 connected via Ethernet, Windows Vista.

Epson suggested I connect using the USB cable and see if the print monitor works that way.  I do not have a long enough USB cable so I'll have to try in a few days.  Perhaps you are right that my ink consumption estimates are too high.  If I can get the print monitor working right I'll update with better data.

Which Epson Lustre are you working with? Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster, Premium Luster Photo Paper (260)?

I'm using the Ultra Premium Photo Luster, 240g/m^2.  I have seen Red River mentioned often here.  I'll spend some time on their site and try out some less expensive luster paper.

Sorry, that was an inside joke. Epson are notorious for changing paper names. Ultra Premium Photo Paper Luster and Premium Luster Photo Paper are one and the same.

To be honest, it really isn't worth cutting roll paper to save costs. It is worth it if you can't get the size you want in sheets. 

I'll keep that in mind.  The Epson paper just seems fairly expensive for my needs, but I notice some less expensive cut sheet stock on a few web sites.  I think I will need a trimmer anyway for the other reasons you mentioned though.

Epson Luster doesn't come in 17" rolls. The 16 inch is $56 for 100', the 20 inch is $67 for 100', with free shipping from B&H. Red River 'Ultra Pro' Satin is $67 for a 17" x 100' roll, plus shipping.Red River 'Arctic Polar Luster' is $110 for 17" x 100' roll, plus shipping.

To get less expensive may mean using lighter weight paper.

Brian A

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