I really want to start doing cons and making prints but I need a printer? I hear laser jets are great for prints but the only ones I can find are cannons. And my granny (who used her cannon printers for photograph prints fairly often) says the ink is very expensive and hard to keep full. I want to know if I should save up a couple hundred bucks for a new printer plus 100+ for ink or should I get another brand what do you think? Do you have any suggestions?
Kiriska: “Laser jets” aren’t a thing. Ink jet printers print using ink. Laser printers print using toner.
Ink can definitely be an expensive reoccurring cost, regardless of brand, but if you’re printing at high volumes, it usually comes out to be cheaper per print in the long run to print yourself than to go through a printing service.
However, if you’re just starting out, I highly recommend just getting prints done somewhere (FedEx, Staples, other office supply stores, Catprint, whatever) to see how they do before investing in a printer.
Nattosoup: You can also keep an eye on Slickdeals for sales through some of those services (Office Max, Staples, ect) and on services like Shutterfly, Amazon Photo Services, and Snapfish. I’ve find that at home printing isn’t really worthwhile- the quality just isn’t as nice as a quality print on high quality paper.