Most popular print size purchased by customers?

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haydnw Regular Member • Posts: 248
Most popular print size purchased by customers?
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Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone knows what the most common print sizes purchased by either their own customers, or people in general are? I'm trying to decide what printer to buy and, whilst I am not selling my prints at the moment, I wouldn't mind keeping my options open for the future (this printer will probably have to last a long while!). I'd hate to buy an Epson 2400 that prints up to 13" wide and then find out that most people don't consider prints smaller than 16" x 20", for example! I have no idea on this though so would be grateful for any thoughts people might have. I guess I should clarify that this is for landscapes, rather than wedding album collections etc.

Thanks,
Haydn

David Grabowski Veteran Member • Posts: 7,291
Re: Most popular print size purchased by customers?

Absolutely by far our most popular print size is 5x7. I think you will find the same answer to be try of most package fullfilling photographers. However from there you jump to wall mount photos, they will take what you offer but often we find that clients, the average client around here takes something 11x14 or 12x18 mounted and framed in a 16x20 frame. Then you jump to 16x20 or larger canvas prints, stretched coated and framed. we sell 16x20 canvas quite a bit since we can print that in house on the 4800.

With a different structure in your business, you cojld gear yourself to sell whatever size. Still 5x7s are very popular in term sof gifts, one up on proofing etc.., it's almost always what they go for first !

David

haydnw wrote:

Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone knows what the most common print sizes
purchased by either their own customers, or people in general are?
I'm trying to decide what printer to buy and, whilst I am not selling
my prints at the moment, I wouldn't mind keeping my options open for
the future (this printer will probably have to last a long while!).
I'd hate to buy an Epson 2400 that prints up to 13" wide and then
find out that most people don't consider prints smaller than 16" x
20", for example! I have no idea on this though so would be grateful
for any thoughts people might have. I guess I should clarify that
this is for landscapes, rather than wedding album collections etc.

Thanks,
Haydn

David Grabowski Veteran Member • Posts: 7,291
Incidentally, I should add

If you are thinking art work or scenics that's another matter all togehter. We photograph people and events. For scenics and art work think larger prints, think fine art papers or canvas, something different looking like panos etc......
David

David Grabowski wrote:
Absolutely by far our most popular print size is 5x7. I think you
will find the same answer to be try of most package fullfilling
photographers. However from there you jump to wall mount photos, they
will take what you offer but often we find that clients, the average
client around here takes something 11x14 or 12x18 mounted and framed
in a 16x20 frame. Then you jump to 16x20 or larger canvas prints,
stretched coated and framed. we sell 16x20 canvas quite a bit since
we can print that in house on the 4800.

With a different structure in your business, you cojld gear yourself
to sell whatever size. Still 5x7s are very popular in term sof gifts,
one up on proofing etc.., it's almost always what they go for first !

David

haydnw wrote:

Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone knows what the most common print sizes
purchased by either their own customers, or people in general are?
I'm trying to decide what printer to buy and, whilst I am not selling
my prints at the moment, I wouldn't mind keeping my options open for
the future (this printer will probably have to last a long while!).
I'd hate to buy an Epson 2400 that prints up to 13" wide and then
find out that most people don't consider prints smaller than 16" x
20", for example! I have no idea on this though so would be grateful
for any thoughts people might have. I guess I should clarify that
this is for landscapes, rather than wedding album collections etc.

Thanks,
Haydn

JPSabo Senior Member • Posts: 1,389
Re: Most popular print size purchased by customers?

As far as the printer, you may want to consider the Epson 3800. Ink costs would be slightly lower as the cartridges in the 3800 are 80 mL compared to the 18 mL in the 2400. Also, if you factor out the cost of the inks that are supplied with the printers, the cost of the 3800 is not that much more than the 2400.

Some links to 3800 reviews:
http://people.csail.mit.edu/ericchan/dp/Epson3800/faq.html
http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/printers/epson-3800.shtml
http://www.outbackphoto.com/printinginsights/pi045/essay.html

haydnw wrote:

Hi,

I was just wondering if anyone knows what the most common print sizes
purchased by either their own customers, or people in general are?
I'm trying to decide what printer to buy and, whilst I am not selling
my prints at the moment, I wouldn't mind keeping my options open for
the future (this printer will probably have to last a long while!).
I'd hate to buy an Epson 2400 that prints up to 13" wide and then
find out that most people don't consider prints smaller than 16" x
20", for example! I have no idea on this though so would be grateful
for any thoughts people might have. I guess I should clarify that
this is for landscapes, rather than wedding album collections etc.

Thanks,
Haydn

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tjwilson Regular Member • Posts: 365
Re: Most popular print size purchased by customers?

I concur with David, The most popular size I sell is 5 X 7 printed on 8 1/2 X 11 matted and framed in a 12 X 15 frame. I can keep the price point on this combination very low because it is the most common size of paper to buy, the frames and pre-cut mats are common and readily available at a very low cost (although I am considering buying a mat cutter because the QC on the pre-cut mats I buy is bad), and because of the small size I can display a large number of them in the gallery I have in my home. Again because of their size I can also easily transport a large number of them to outdoor shows and fairs that I attend in the summer.

The same principle applies to my next size up which is a 7 X 10 1/2 image printed on 13 X 19 and framed in a 16 X 20 or 18 X 22 frame (off the shelf frames and mats are readily available in this size and inexpensive as well). The costs of everything goes up as does the retail price of the finished print and it is typically beyond what most walk-in traffic is willing to spend. I keep a couple of this size framed and on-hand in my gallery at any given time; just having them available for viewing has changed peoples minds on what to buy.

The 3800 is a high quality and very cost effective printer for these and the other sizes I print.
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GreatWhiteWing Senior Member • Posts: 1,666
Re: Most popular print size purchased by customers?

I think you got some great advice and I learned a lot too.

So it seems a modest sized printer like a 13" would meet most of your needs and can always use a service for larger prints. Although they start to get pretty big and heavy at 13" they are still considered desktop printers.

Managing large printers is a considerable job in time and cost. Even my Epson P-600 is taking more effort than I expected.

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Re: Most popular print size purchased by customers?

13 x 19 seems to sell the best. Although I much prefer 16 x 24 (on 17 x 25" paper) as it frames easily and seems large enough for most homes. Keep in mind that a double mat and frame will increase the size tremendously.

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