I need a new printer... a real printer. My dilemma is as follows:
I can go cheap, and buy a Canon 9000 or 9500 ($600 and 800) which seem to get great reviews, or I can go expensive and buy an Epson 3880 for $1,800.
- The Epson is cheaper to run, but not dramatically so, particularly compared to the 9000 (which uses dye inks).
- The Epson can print larger, but I'm not sure if I really need that. Printing large formats at print shops is rather cheap in this city.
- The Epson probably lasts longer, but I can buy 2 or 3 Canons for the price of one Epson.
- Ink for the Canons can be bought more or less anywhere, while ink for the Epson must be ordered from one of the few shops that sell the pro Epsons here in Bangkok.
I considered the Epson 3000 as well, but it's almost as expensive as the 3880 and less economical to run.
Have I forgotten anything? Any other strong reasons to buy the Epson?
Oh, and I can get the Epson 7880 for "only" $3,000 (outgoing model?), but I suppose that makes printing of smaller formats more complicated, so I guess I would need a smaller printer as well.