JasonMK wrote in post #14541188
I was equally surprised that this question hadn't really been asked or answered on the forum, so I figured I'd take a quick poll and see what suggestions popped up.
Yea, I haven't been here too long, but I've never seen a similar question.
Good luck with the printing!
So given that, I would say the relatively cheap (let's say inexpensive) HP (and I assume Canon) 4x6 gloss is actually quite decent quality. However, the HP profile didn't work all that great in my PIXMA9500 II, so I would try something non-HP.
I did find that Staples Supreme paper worked very well (I tried matte and satin 8x10, not gloss) without a dedicated printer profile. In fact if Staples made their Satin in 13x19 it would be my paper of choice and probably 1/2 or less of the cost of the Moab paper I'm now using. I see they have 60 sheets of 4x6 supreme gloss for $12.99 or 100 sheets of their standard paper for $13.49. If you want gloss, I would try one of those those, probably the supreme since you'll be spending $50+ on ink before you use that up.
Also I would say that the 'professional' printing probably did not use the 'high quality' expensive paper you are seeing on the internet. Many/most people are not going to notice the difference, especially on a 4x6 print. The less expensive papers now are really quite good and I still use them for 4x6's to give to family/friends even though I might pay $2-$4 per 13x19inch sheet for something I'm going to hang on my wall.
In fact I just saw staples satin 4x6 100 pack for $20 and I'm going to get some just for the odd time my wife wants me to print out 4x6's instead of the 'free-with-ink' HP gloss we have in that size. Sometimes $20 is better that free! - but I also have a personal 'thing' against gloss paper.