Deal: Red River Paper Sampler – $4.50 ish…

From the “we get asked this all the time” file:

Where can you get good paper?

Red River Paper Logo

Answer – here http://www.redrivercatalog.com/

Red river paper is a great place to score some solid paper supplies.  Their papers are top notch and worth a look.  But what to get?  That is the cool part – RRP offers a “sample pack” which includes a sample of their most popular brands, and the kicker is you can have it for only $4.50 – $9.00 depending on your location is the US.  Get 30 or so sheets of paper, print a picture or proposal over and over to get a feel for how paper will react to ink – try different settings like “photo glossy” for matte, or heavy matte on linen paper.  Experiment!

What we did…

Red River Paper sample pack for inkjet printers - perfect for CIS owners.

When you find what you need through the process of test printing – RRP prices are good, and paper quality is outstanding.  If you are looking for a solid choice for high end paper supplies (at discount prices) check out Red River Paper.

Current deal:

Inkjet photo paper sample pack – includes a sample of every paper they carry for $4.50 shipped (with coupon) – PHOTOBLOGGER – and the link is here:
http://www.redrivercatalog.com/landing/photographyblogger/

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Unbox: Epson Artisan 800 Refurbished $96.00

Unboxing – Epson Artisan 800 Refurb

Epson Artisan 800 Refurbished Inkjet Printer Box Sticker.

What you can expect with an Epson Artisan 800 refurbished inkjet printer purchase.  Cost is $109.00 on the Epson.com store, but use coupon code “savings15” for $15.00 off and a net price of $96.00.

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UnBox: Epson Artisan 700 Refurbished $64.99

Epson Artisan 700 6-Color Inkjet Printer:

Recently received our refurbished Epson Artisan 700 on the Epson store web site, for less than $70.00. Pretty standard, but this is a great deal for a multi-function printer.  When used with a CI system, or continuous inking system, the savings are even greater.  The only thing this little printer from Epson is missing is a fax.  Otherwise, a very robust printer, 2400dpi scanner, media readers, wireless, Ethernet port, nice printer.

Refurb Refurbished Epson Artisan 700 Discount Inkjet Printer Close Out Unboxing Contents, What's In The Box?

Has that new printer smell.

Refurbished Epson Artisan 700 Discount Inkjet Printer - Items Included WIth Refurb Unit.

Taking a look inside

Big green paper says, “And don’t forget to remove the “print head holder.”

Epson Artisan 700 Inkjet Printer Refurbished - Refurb From Epson Direct, Epson Store.

Print head seems dirty?

Epson refurbished inkjet printers, what a print head might look like when you order an Epson refurbished, or refurb inkjet printer.

Much smaller than the Artisan 800 (lack of ADF):

Artisan 700 Inkjet Printer Refurbished From Epson Store - Save with Coupons.

Epson Artisan 700 and Artisan 800 next to each other.

The Epson Artisan 700 is Smaller Than The Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer From Epson.

Artisan 800 on top of the Artisan 700:

Epson Artisan 800 inkjet printer sitting on top of the Epson Refurbished Artisan 700 inkjet printer.

All in all a very good deal for $64.00, as we used a $15.00 off coupon.

Deal: Epson Artisan 700 Refurbished $65.00

Epson Artisan 700:

$79.00 at the Epson store – less $15 coupon = $64.00.

Snapped up this excellent deal last week – have not seen it listed again, so Epson may be testing pricing strategy – they want to price it higher, but hard to when the Artisan 800 series printers (include fax) are on close-out for $99-$129. We used that coupon for $15.00 off and the system still gave us the free shipping.  Nice deal for $64.00.

Epson Refurbished Artisan 700 Inkjet Printer From The Epson Store

Keep an eye out for this continuous inking system users dream.  CI systems work fantastic with the Epson Artisan series of inkjet printers as there are no moving parts for the CI system.

Link is here if you want to see.

Deal: Epson Artisan 800 All-In-One Printer $129

Epson Artisan 800 All-In-One Printer $129

The Epson store online has the Artisan 800 multi-function inkjet printer all in one for a low $129.00.  We tried using the 10% off coupon “F9LKF“, which expires 12-31-09, however it would not apply.  Still, for an all in one inkjet printer with built in fax, auto sheet feeder, and networking options (among other awesome features) this is a great deal.  It get’s even better when you combine the Artisan 800 printer with a continuous inking system (CIS).

Epson Artisan 800 Inkjet Printer All In One Multifunction With CIS CISS Bulk Ink System

Deal Check: Epson Stylus Photo 1400 – $179

Epson Store:

Refurbished Epson Stylus Photo 1400 – $179.

Epson has stock of the Epson Stylus Photo 1400 large format inkjet printer (as of this writing) in their clearance section – refurbished unit with 1-year warranty will run you $179.

Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Inket Printer $179 At The Epson Store

What about new?

We have seen the “new” version priced at $219 this week, however the current price over at Epson’s web site is $299 for a brand new 1400, so today – the refurbished model is the better deal.

New Epson Stylus Photo 1400 Inkjet Printer

As always, we recommend the use of a CI system with this printer –

You can pick up a quality continuous inking system here.

Don’t Be A Sucker – Samsung CLP-315 $89.00

How Not To Shop For A Printer:

Samsung color laser printer.Low on the entry price, get’s you thinking…Fry’s offers the Samsung CLP-315 color laser printer for $89.00.  Sounds like a good deal right?  I mean, for $89.00 how can this be a bad deal?  Well it is a bad deal, and apparently it is not that great of a printer.  Reviews are mixed over on Amazon, and this printer garners a 3 out of 5 star rating.  Looks like a clear case of, “you can pay me now, or you can pay me later.”

Since its a color laser printer, it will have 4 toner cartridges – one each for black, cyan, magenta, and yellow.  Additionally, the printer ships with a set of the dreaded “starter toner cartridges” – take a look at the fine print from Samsung’s web site:

average continuous black cartridge yield: 1,500 standard pages (ships with 1,000 pages starter toner cartridge).

average continuous yellow/magenta/cyan cartridge yield: 1,000* standard pages (ships with 700 pages starter toner cartridge).

So that is a nice color laser printer, with cartridges that will get you 1,000 to 700 prints on your initial print job, and the best you can hope for when a replacement set of cartridges is purchased will be 1,500 pages black, and 1,000 pages color based on Samsung’s estimates here.

Toner cartridge prices:

So there are 4 toner cartridges for this printer. The Samsung Color Laser Printer CLP-315 also has a removable (replaceable) drum that will last for 6,000 pages color, and 24,000 pages black and white, as well as something called a waste toner container which is rated at 10,000 pages black and white, and 2,500 pages color.  So once you get through the initial 1,000-700 pages, get out the wallet.  Here are the “hidden costs” you are looking at over the life of the printer:

Final Analysis:

So there you have it – if we use 10,000 pages as a benchmark for use over the life of the printer here is what your total will be for that $89.99 printer.  6.6 black cartridges, 9 cyan, 9 magenta, 9 yellow, and a possible $12.99 for a new toner waste catcher – which equals a grand total of $1389.00 for consumables to get to 10,000 pages.  If we add the cost of the printer into the equation we are closer to $1500.00 for 10,000 pages, or .15 per print – and that is any print.  Compare that to the Epson Artisan 800 (with CIS) that will print 10,000 pages (plus) for at most $325.00, or .0325 per print – and you get full color prints, plus more flexible paper types can be used. We haven’t even mentioned the energy savings (love your planet) – when our laser printer fires up, the lights flicker.  Get smart, or get ripped off.