Is it time (for me) to give up on photo printers?
I have generally printed my own photos at home. My current printer of choice is the Kodak ESP 7, with its low ink cost and multitudes of connectivity (pictbridge, usb, wifi, ethernet). It prints great photos as long as you pick decent paper and have enough ink in the cartridges.
However recently, I feel like it is more expensive to run than printing out photos at Walmart or similar (I havent figured it out yet, but I intend to by the end of this post). I dislike how much room my own printer takes on the desk, but the convenience of being able to print from home is quite nice.
Lets do some math based on say 200 photos.
$0 - Kodak ESP 7 (owned already)
$15.53 - Kodak 10B/10C black and colour ink cartridges - claimed 425 "page" output for $33 cost
$27.10 - Kodak Picture Paper, Soft Gloss, 4" x 6", 100/Pack ($13.55 x 2)
= $42.63 for 200 photos
Walmart 200 photos with glossy finish, I forget what paper they use but I believe its also Kodak
Snapfish claims 9c per photo. I haven't used them before
= $18 + Shipping?
-The actual ink output of the cartridges. Based on the pictures themselves
-How much photo paper I waste because of a bad print
So after this long post is the focus of this. Is anyone beating the retail prices? What setup do you use? Is it time for me to retire printing my own photos?