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Old 01-29-2013, 04:27 PM   #1
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I have looked at several printers online. I appreciate all the great information everyone has supplied. I have not found what I think I need. It may not even exist in one single unit. Does anyone know of a printer that will do something as small as business cards and up to say 13"x17". for $700 or less. Color of course.
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Business cards are printed on regular sized sheets of stock (e.g. 8.5" x 11", laid out with your fancy new DTP software), then cut out to size, so there's really no need to print on tiny bits of paper.

   
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Business cards are printed on regular sized sheets of stock (e.g. 8.5" x 11", laid out with your fancy new DTP software), then cut out to size, so there's really no need to print on tiny bits of paper.
<< then cut out to size >

True but a decent printer's guillotine must be expensive and dangerous!

   
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a decent printer's guillotine must be expensive and dangerous!
No doubt (especially in the wrong hands); but if GKW is planning to print business cards on a printer one-at-a-time, it's not the sort of production volume that would warrant a printer's guillotine, would it? I would think a good consumer or office grade paper cutter would suffice for a few dozen or even a couple hundred cards.

Some print service outlets might even do custom cutting with a real industrial guillotine if bigger quantities are needed. I don't think I'd have the patience to watch an inkjet printer spit out many business cards one-at-a-time. Zzzzzzzz...

   
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Ok so all I really need is a good printer that will handle 13"x17" paper. Will all printer handle different types of paper such as glossy, matte, ect;.
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Okay... I'm gonna be the contrarian (my not-uncommon role). You don't need (especially if cost is an issue) a printer that can crank out production quantities of all that stuff.

You need a printer that can produce nice proofs, and you need connections with a good copy or print shop that can do the production runs. You pay them, and mark up what they charge you by 15%, then bill the customer for that.

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gkw: Ok so all I really need is a good printer that will handle 13"x17" paper
It's the width of the paper that's significant when purchasing a printer so you are looking for a 13" (wide) printer. Any of the printers Epson I mentioned in my post in your "Need a Printer" thread (you could have just added to that thread...'-}}) would work and are in your price range.


>>Will all printer handle different types of paper such as glossy, matte, ect;.

I don't know about the Epson Artisan 1430 but the Epson Stylus Photo R2000, R2880, R3000 printers should have no problems.

As others have noted, there are lots of places to get business cards printed on your choice of cardstock (weight, color, etc.) that are MUCH less expensive than trying to do the printing yourself but for proofing/testing, you could buy business card cardstock which is letter-sized sheets usually microperforated (generally 10 3.5x2" cards/sheet)--I use Geographics business card cardstock and it's nice stuff.

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I looked at those printers. There is a $250 difference between the Artisan and the Stylus R2000 and R2880. I did not see a reason I would pay $250 more for a Stylus over a Artisan based on my perceived needs at this time. So out of all I looked at so far I am leaning toward the Artisan 1430.
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gkw: There is a $250 difference between the Artisan and the Stylus R2000 and R2880.
The Artisan is a slightly fancier office printer while those particular Stylus Photo printers approach a "pro" level with more sophisticated inks and print head, larger ink carts, etc.

What you might do is to see if you can find a local place that sells the printers so that you can check them out in person. Take a browse around online and see if you can find some reviews.

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I went to youtube and found alot of info on the Artisan 1430. I also found a video showing a poster being printed and the end product. It looked very good Great color and detail.
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