Not quite final ...
by photobuff55 - 3/22/06 9:52 AM
In Reply to: Final on this topic... by rae2_2
You guys both have valid points. Yes, camera store prints are good. Yes, there's nothing like the 35mm negative and yes, you can get the CD with digital files either for messing with later if you want or the ease of saving to a website or sharing with family. Yes, home printing can be expensive and not necessarily better - but it can also be very comparable and just as good. It all depends on your system and supplies. I use HP everything. HP photo printer, inks and paper. I had taken a bunch of digital Christmas photos, printed them at home, then misplaced them during a recent remodeling, and decided I'd rather not take the time to reprint at home. I bought a prepaid digiprint card at Wolf (19 cents a print), uploaded my digital files and in an hour picked up store prints. Later I found the ones I printed at home. They're identical in appearance, and virtually the same cost. There's still the question of longevity, how well the inkjet holds up over time. Since having them store-printed is so easy, I have decided to print everyday stuff at home and print the important stuff (like Christmas) at the store. By the way, I don't know about Epson products, but when you buy HP products directly from HP, you get a good price and don't pay sales tax. If you order more than $50 shipping is free, also. In my experience the retail stores (Office Max, Best Buy) can be more expensive than HP's website. Also, with Staples recently expanding in Chicago area, there are a ton of coupons floating around - $10 off a $20 purchase, etc. If you have the time and ability to shop carefully, you don't have to spend a ton of money for home printing supplies.
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