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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique photo printers rating which considers: 2,800 expert & user reviews • 150 product comparisons • 110 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1
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Epson Stylus Photo R2000

31 Reviews
Good Gear Guide.com.au - Editor's Choicecomputershopper.com - Editor's ChoicePC Mag - Editor's Choice

$599.99

5760 X 1440 DPI
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10x15
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May 2011
#2
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Canon IP110

254 Reviews

$149.95

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Oct 2014
#3
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Epson Stylus Photo R800

17 Reviews

$134.04

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Oct 2005
#4
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Canon SELPHY ES2

23 Reviews
EISA.eu - EISA

$59.99

300 X 600 DPI
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10x15
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Jul 2015
#5
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Canon CP1300

837 Reviews
Camera Labs - Recommended

$81.14

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
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Aug 2017
#6
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Epson Stylus Photo R300

74 Reviews

$199.00

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jan 2011
#7
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Epson Stylus Photo R260

1 Review

$229.99

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jan 2005
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Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑1

$55.00

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A8
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Jun 2014
#9
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Canon Selphy DS810

16 Reviews

$44.99

4800 X 1200 DPI
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10x15
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Jul 2015
#10
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Epson Stylus Photo R2880

109 Reviews
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$69.95

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Apr 2017
#11
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Polaroid GL10

15 Reviews

$39.69

1200 X 1200 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Sep 2017
#12
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Canon Pixma IP4950

9 Reviews
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$77.68

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jul 2013
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Canon Pixma iP100

36 Reviews
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$85.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Apr 2017
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Epson XP8500

25 Reviews
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$290.82

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A4
(Long)
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Sep 2016
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HP Photosmart 335

15 Reviews

$41.86

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A6
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May 2005
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Canon CP760

15 Reviews
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$39.99

300 X 300 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Jan 2018
#18
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Canon iP7220

112 Reviews

$91.45

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Dec 2012
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Canon PRO10S

8 Reviews
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$699.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Feb 2015
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Vupoint Solutions Photo Cube Mini

1 Review

$59.99

300 X 300 DPI
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A5
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Aug 2017
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Vupoint Solutions Photo Cube

8 Reviews

$40.00

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
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Mar 2005

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What Are The Best Photo Printer Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every photo printer and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated photo printer brand is Canon with an average rating of 85%. Compare all award winning photo printers.

Rank Brand Number of Photo Printers Price Range Average Rating
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Canon Photo Printers 49 $29 - $1,030
85%
1,698 reviews
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Epson Photo Printers 27 $29 - $800
84%
846 reviews

Trending Photo Printer Comparisons

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Canon
CP1300
$81.14
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$69.56
$12 cheaper
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
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Canon
CP1300
$81.14
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$69.56
$12 cheaper
17 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
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Canon
CP1200
$89.99
$201 cheaper
Two more awards
More customers
recommend it
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Epson
XP-8500
$290.82
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
Better
Altomdata.dk
review score
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Polaroid
ZINK
$44.25
$37 cheaper
More popular
VS
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Canon
CP1300
$81.14
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by two
years
One more award
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Canon
CP1300
$81.14
$64 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$144.99
More popular
5 times the
maximum
resolution
Four months
newer
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-1
$55.00
Better brand
Two more awards
VS
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Polaroid
ZINK
$44.25
$11 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by one
year
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Epson
Stylus Photo R2880
$69.95
$329 cheaper
Newer by 22
months
Six more awards
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Canon
Pro-100
$399.00
Better Kagoo
Score
4800 x 2400 DPI
DPI
Better brand
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-1
$55.00
$26 cheaper
One more awards
VS
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Canon
CP1300
$81.14
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
Better brand
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Canon
CP1300
$81.14
$64 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
VS
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$144.99
800 x 600 DPI
DPI
Four months
newer
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Canon
CP1200
$89.99
$132 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
VS
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Instax
Instax SHARE SP-2
$222.21
Bigger maximum
resolution
Eight months
newer
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Epson
Stylus Photo R2000
$599.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
VS
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Canon
Pro-100
$399.00
$201 cheaper
Four years
newer
4800 x 2400 DPI
DPI
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Canon
CP1200
$89.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
$69.56
$20 cheaper
Newer by three
years
Bigger maximum
resolution
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Canon
SELPHY ES2
$59.99
$85 cheaper
Better brand
One more award
VS
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$144.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
800 x 600 DPI
DPI
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Canon
Pro-10
$699.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Better brand
4800 x 2400 DPI
DPI
VS
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Epson
XP-8500
$290.82
$408 cheaper
Newer by 19
months
Much better
expert reviews
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Canon
CP1300
$81.14
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
More customers
recommend it
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
$38.20
$43 cheaper
More popular
Newer by one
year
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Canon
CP1200
$89.99
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
More customers
recommend it
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
$38.20
$52 cheaper
Newer by three
years
More popular
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Canon
CP1300
$81.14
$141 cheaper
One more award
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Instax
Instax SHARE SP-2
$222.21
More popular
Bigger maximum
resolution
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Canon
CP1300
$81.14
$210 cheaper
Better brand
More customers
recommend it
VS
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Epson
XP-8500
$290.82
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
4800 x 1200 DPI
DPI
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Canon
SELPHY ES1
$119.00
$26 cheaper
Three more
awards
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
$144.99
Better Kagoo
Score
3 times the
maximum
resolution
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Polaroid
ZIP
$85.00
$137 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
VS
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Instax
Instax SHARE SP-2
$222.21
Newer by nine
years
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is colour depth mean on a photo printer?
AColour Depth is a measurement of how many colours the printer can produce - a higher colour depth means a greater visual fidelity between the print and the original photo.
QWhat is Pictbridge?
APictbridge - or Direct Printing - is a system to allow users to print photos directly from their camera or phone, without having to connect to a computer first. This can either be done using a cable or wifi.
QWhat is Z-INK?
AZ-INK - or 'Zero Ink' - is a photo printing method that doesn't require a normal print cartridge to work. Instead it uses special paper that reacts to heat, giving different colours at different temperatures. This 'inkless' printing makes ZINK printers perfect for instant cameras and portable printers.

Photo Printer Buying Guide

Photo printers are a subsection of standard printers, specifically designed for printing photos taken from digital cameras. While most devices can still be used to print standard black & white documents, their real strength lies in their ability to print high-quality photos, posters and prints, with a colour depth and resolution far higher than most inkjet or laser printer. In this guide we will outline the main considerations when choosing a photo printer, allowing you to decide on the best model for your needs.

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Cost

First up, cost. Photo printers are specialist peripherals, and the inks and components used are far higher quality than most other printers. Because of this, photo printers are generally far more expensive than a comparable inkjet or laser printer.

Therefore in order to get the best value for money from a photo printer, you should be using it frequently specifically to print photos. Otherwise, you may gain more value from buying a high-quality inkjet or colour laser jet printer (which can still print photos, just not at such a high resolution), and using the services of a copy shop or print kiosk if you want to print especially high-quality photos.

Resolution & Colour Depth

Photo printers are largely defined by the resolution and colour depth they are able to print at. Resolution is measured in dots per inch (dpi) and governs how detailed the resulting print is, especially when photos are blown up to larger sizes than they were originally taken at. If the printer has a low supported resolution, then the prints may look blurry or out of focus, whereas extremely high resolution photos (for instance, those with a DPI of 3,000 and above) will continue to look sharp and full of detail even when blown up to poster-sized prints.

Colour depth is a measure of the colours the printer can produce - a higher colour depth means a greater visual fidelity between the print and the original photo.

With both of these attributes, higher values lead to a better overall print output. However they also usually come with increased price, so you should balance the quality you design from your prints against your budget. Most of our photo printers have a detailed breakdown of these attributes, allowing you to choose more intelligently.

Paper Sizes

The other defining factor of a photo printer is the supported print size. Some photo printers are the size of standard inkjet or laser printers, and can print up to A4 size. Others are much smaller, and can only print dedicated photo sizes (e.g - 4 x 6, 5 x 7 or 10 x 4 inches). These ‘small format’ photo printers are generally cheaper and more portable, but are incapable of printing large photos.

On the other end of the scale, some photo printers are much larger, and come with the ability to print at A3 scale or even larger. These printers usually come equipped with a very high resolution & graphical fidelity… and a price tag to match. These models will most likely only be of interest to professional photographers or serious hobbyists.

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Connectivity

While most photo printers work via a USB connection with your computer, several more advanced models have increased connectivity options. These can include:

Direct printing capability: Printers with this option can connect directly to digital cameras, allowing you to print photos straight from camera to printer, bypassing the need for a computer. This is extremely useful with small-format portable photo printers, since it means you can take photos then immediately print them out without having to upload the photos first.
Integrated card reader: Rather than a direct connection, some models of photo printer allow you to insert an SD card and print directly from there. This can save a substantial amount of time downloading and transferring print data, since the printer will have immediate access to all the photos on the SD card
Network capabilities: Though not common, some newer models of printer have wireless or bluetooth connectivity. This allows you to print photos without the need for a physical connection, making printing easier and more efficient.

Photo Printer Retailers, Prices and Features

Photo Printer Prices

The price range of photo printers is from $28 to $1,256 and in total we found prices for 44 photo printers. A new photo printer costs on average $195 and 80% of photo printers are priced between $35 and $699. The most expensive photo printer that we found is the OKI C831N at $1,255, and the cheapest is the Epson Stylus Pro 7600 at only $29.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

OKI photo printers range in price from $1,255 to $1,255, and the average price of OKI photo printers is $1,255 which is the highest average price of all photo printer brands.

Epson photo printers range in price from $29 to $800, and the second highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Epson photo printers with an average price of $224.

The third highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Instax photo printers with an average price of $222. Instax photo printers range in price from $222 to $222.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 890 expert reviews and 1,838 user reviews for photo printers and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of photo printer.

Biggest Photo Printer Retailers

The biggest photo printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 51 current photo printer offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Adorama with 19 offers. That means eBay is more than twice as big as Adorama when it comes to photo printers. Target is the third biggest retailer with 7 current offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

We couldn't see any noticeable trend in the release dates for new photo printers over the last 3 years. The biggest month in 2018 for new photo printer releases was May, with 10 new photo printers released that month. In September 2017, eight new photo printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. In 2016 most new photo printers were released in September as well, with six new photo printers released that month.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average photo printers drop in price by 14% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of $28 on a typical $195 new photo printer if you wait 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

'Maximum Resolution' indicates the largest image resolution (detail level) that the photo printer is capable of printing at.

300 x 300 DPI is the most common maximum resolution amongst new photo printers. We found 26 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. 5760 x 1440 DPI is the second most popular maximum resolution amongst new photo printers. We found 21 photo printers that are 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printers.

A larger print resolution means that the photo printer will be able to produce more detailed, sharper photos - leading to a far higher-quality end result.

Maximum Print Sizes

'Maximum Print Size' is the largest possible size paper that the printer is capable of printing onto. Larger sizes mean that the photo printer is more versatile, and can handle different print jobs.

A4 / letter is the most popular maximum print size amongst new photo printers. We found 40 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / letter max print size. 10x15 is the second most frequently found maximum print size amongst new photo printers. We found 21 photo printers that are photo printers that have a 10x15 max print size.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Photo Printers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying photo printers. For each retailer it shows the total number of photo printers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying photo printers. For each retailer we took all of their prices and looked at what proportion of those prices where the cheapest on the market. The cheapest retailer that we found was eBay. 48 of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Photo Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for photo printers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of photo printer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's photo printer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 94.1% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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