gjl711 wrote in post #14112745
I've done the same thing. My Canon printer sits idle most of the time. And I figure with the cost of a printer, the ink, the haste of getting everything right, color calibrating the thing, it was all too much trouble. With Costco I've got over $500,000 worth of printers some capable of poster size prints, and someone is adjusting/cleaning/calibrating them daily. The printers all have color profiles so I can match my images to their printers and it's only 15 minutes away. From download to pickup is about an hour all printed on some of the best professional printers out there for not all that much more than what it would have cost me at home.
+1 to that...
... but, I still use Epson printers (R2400+9800pro) in cases where I need quick turnaround (print done on the double) or for specialty use such as printing on canvas without having to rely on external sources.
Unless you absolutely need full control over your prints and/or need them quick, something like Costco is a sound idea, if you're printing for business purposes like I do, investing in your own equipment might make more sense.
If you insist on having your own printer, don't be cheap on the price of the printer itself, cheap printers (oddly enough) use more expensive inks, while a $2000 printer will keep churning forever and a half. Also, my print heads never clogged up once.
That much money sounds expensive? Not if you plot out ink/paper prices, a $500 printer will already double in price without much printing even done on it.