Confusion on Epson wide format printers

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NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 6,468
Here's the list, and a suggestion

I was about to buy a used Epson 7800 printer but being 15-16 years old I thought I should purchase a newer update version.
1. I would like to find out the timeline when the newer Epson printers along with the number designation came out.
2. Are the newer Epson printers that much better than the 7800-9800 printers in print results and other reasons?

The list of Epson 24"-wide photo-oriented inkjets with their years of introduction is:

Epson Pro 7500 2000
Epson Pro 7600 2002
Epson Pro 7800 2005
Epson Pro 7880 2007
Epson Pro 7900 2008
Epson Pro 7890 2010
Epson SureColor P6000 2015
Epson SureColor P7000 2015
Epson SureColor P7570 2019

Note that the 7890 and P6000 are lower models with fewer inks compared to the 7900 and P7000.

You are basically correct that a 7800 is 14 to 16 years old. Personally I would hesitate to buy any used inkjet printer unless the circumstances are favorable, and for that, relevant circumstances include (but may not be limited to):

* the seller demonstrates in your presence that it prints a complete and correct nozzle-check;

* the sale includes a lot of ink;

* the price is very low;

* the model is less than five years old;

* the seller is a reputable business and includes a full warranty of at least 90 days; and/or

* the original manufacturer is still selling ink for it (which AFAIK rules out the Epson 7500 and 7600, but not the 7800).

The more of those that apply, the better; the fewer of those that apply, the less likely it is to be a reasonable deal. My personal observation is that sellers of used inkjets usually want far more than their printers are worth, but true bargains do exist.

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