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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique scanners rating which considers: 4,700 US prices • 3,600 expert & user reviews • 370 product comparisons • 62 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Epson Perfection V600

5 Reviews
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$149.99

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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2009
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Plustek PS4080U

2 Reviews
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$714.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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Sep 2015
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Fujitsu SP‑1425

2 Reviews
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$527.96

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Nov 2016
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Xerox DocuMate 3115

13 Reviews
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$169.40

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2015
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Canon DR‑M1060

1 Review
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$1,684.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A3mm
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Jun 2014
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I.R.I.S. IRIScan Express 4

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$69.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Oct 2015
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Epson Expression 12000XL

5 Reviews
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$2,859.00

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A3mm
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Dec 2016
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I.R.I.S. IRIScan Executive 4

1 Review
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$81.99

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A4 (Long)mm
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Aug 2016
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Xerox DocuMate 5460

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$829.99

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Sep 2015
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HP Officejet 7612

97 Reviews
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$199.00

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Sep 2015
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Canon DR 6030C

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$3,385.01

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A3mm
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Oct 2016
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Epson Workforce DS‑30

4 Reviews
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$69.99

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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jan 2012
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Plustek 8200i

8 Reviews
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$353.04

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Feb 2012
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Fujitsu fi‑7160

1 Review
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$619.95

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A4 (Long)mm
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Oct 2013
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Iris Iriscan Mouse Executive 2

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$59.99

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Sep 2015
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Kodak ALARIS S2070

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$956.09

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 (Long)mm
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Aug 2017
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Kodak ALARIS S2050

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$580.00

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A4 (Long)mm
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Oct 2017
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Plustek PS283

2 Reviews
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$209.99

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Oct 2014
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Kodak Scan Station 710

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$2,002.25

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A4 (Long)mm
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Feb 2015

Fujitsu fi‑7480

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$3,198.99

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A3mm
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Mar 2016

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What Are The Best Scanner Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every scanner and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated scanner brand is Epson with an average rating of 74%. Compare all award winning scanners.

Rank Brand Number of Scanners Price Range Average Rating
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Epson Scanners 47 $45 - $3,346
74%
1,027 reviews
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Fujitsu Scanners 25 $169 - $7,461
74%
587 reviews
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Canon Scanners 32 $40 - $11,895
70%
774 reviews
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HP Scanners 21 $184 - $1,049
61%
367 reviews
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Plustek Scanners 32 $105 - $2,995
55%
184 reviews
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Xerox Scanners 26 $35 - $2,252
52%
77 reviews
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Kodak Scanners 35 $208 - $19,995
45%
42 reviews
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Brother Scanners 28 $80 - $1,400
31%
5 reviews

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Perfection V39
$50.00
$40 cheaper
Better brand
User reviews
are moderately
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CanoScan LiDE 220
$89.97
One more awards
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8200i
$353.04
$371 cheaper
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are appreciably
better
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Perfection V800
$723.60
More popular
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are a lot
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Epson
Perfection V600
$149.99
$135 cheaper
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Considerably
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reviews
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Plustek
OpticFilm 8100
$285.00
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fi-7160
$619.95
$79 cheaper
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i2620
$699.00
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are appreciably
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Perfection V800
$723.60
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are appreciably
better
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are
significantly
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OpticFilm 8100
$285.00
$439 cheaper
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DR-F120
$355.99
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DS-1630
$294.95
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fi-7160
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i2620
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DS-860
$861.65
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$35.00
$53 cheaper
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i2420
$744.35
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FF-640
$499.99
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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat is an automatic document feeder (ADF)?
AAn automatic document feeder allows you to 'queue' up multiple documents to scan - the device will work though each document one after another, scanning it and moving to the next.
QWhat is duplex scanning?
ADuplex scanning allows the device to automatically scan both sides of a document at once, meaning you don't have to separately scan the other side of the page.
QWhat are the pros/cons between an ADF, flatbed and handheld scanners?
AADF scanners allow for quickly scanning large amounts of material, and are usually the cheaper option. Flatbed scanners are slower, but tend to have a higher resolution, and are better for photos and graphics. Lastly handheld scanners are less powerful than their brothers, but are far less bulky, so can be used on the go.
QWhat is a mouse scanner?
AMice scanners are a subset of handheld scanners - they are fully functional mice, but also have a small document scanner built into the bottom of it. While the scanning quality isn't amazing, they are helpful for quick scanning of pure text.

Scanner Buying Guide

Scanners are devices used for digitising physical material such as documents and photos, and turning them into digital images for archiving, sharing and editing. They are extremely helpful peripherals, since they allow you to easily digitise large amounts of paper very quickly, meaning less clutter and mess on your desk! This guide will look at the major considerations when choosing a scanner, so you can find the device that is right for you.

There are several different types of home scanners available, though they can be largely placed into two main categories: flatbed or sheetfed:

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Flatbed Scanners: These scanners consist of a large rectangular ‘bed’, onto which the documents are placed. The lid is closed, and the scanner runs the length of the document, creating a digital copy. These scanners tend to be slower than sheetfed models, and require far more deskspace when using.

However on the plus side they produce higher-quality scans, and are also better for scanning photos and delicate documents. Large-size flatbed scanners are also the best option for scanning large documents and photos (A3 and larger).

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Sheetfed Scanners: These scanners look a bit like fax machines - a feed at the top of the device takes the paper and runs it past a static scanning unit. The paper is then discharged the bottom of the device, and a digital copy is generated. Because these scanners don’t have to fit the whole document at a time, they can be significantly smaller - indeed many sheetfed scanners are a fraction of the size of an average flatbed scanner. This means they are far easier to transport and store.

This portability comes at a cost - most sheetfed scanners aren’t nearly as powerful as their flatbed cousins, and so the scanning quality isn’t quite as good. However, for simple black & white document scanner, they should be more than sufficient. Therefore if all you need is to digitise your bills and invoices, a sheetfed scanner might be the best option.

Automatic Document Feeder

An additional extra mostly commonly found in sheetfed scanners is an automatic document feed (ADF). This is a system that allows you to place a stack of paper into the scanner, and the scanner will automatically feed in the documents, scan them, then eject them from the machine. This is extremely helpful for anyone needing to digitise a lot of documents at once, since you can queue 50 pieces of paper at once, and the scanner will take care of the rest. Not all scanners have this system, but it is worth seeking out if you routinely find yourself bulk-scanning documents.

Resolution & Scan Speed

As mentioned above, not all scanners scan at the same quality. The scanning resolution is measured in dots per inch - the higher the dpi, the better the quality of the scan. Very high resolutions also allow you to expand small photos into larger prints - something that is not possible with low-resolution scanners. High resolution is also important for retaining fidelity when scanning photos. As a rule 300dpi is perfectly fine for black & white text, but won’t suffice for photos - you will need something with at least 1,200dpi or higher.

It’s also important to consider the scanning speed of the peripheral. Different models of scanners can have extremely varying scan speeds - with some taking twice as much time to scan a page as others. The scanners on our site are measured in the amount of pages they can scan per second, split out into colour, black & white, photo, etc. While the speed may not make a difference if you only scan a single document every once in a while, if you routinely scan large amounts of paper, this can add up to a substantial time saving.

There can be a large difference in size between models of scanner - this is important not only for desk and storage space, but also because it affects what documents can be scanned. All of our scanners can handle A4 size paper and smaller, however it requires a specialist scanner to effectively digitise anything bigger than A4. For many people, this won’t be necessary - an A4 scanner will handle nearly all bills and important documents, and most photos.

Extras

Finally, there is a host of other considerations when choosing a scanner. These can include:

OCR Scanning: Some scanners come with software to perform Optical Character Recognition on scanned documents. This analyses the scanned image and picks out letters and words, turning the image into a readable and editable document. This is very important for anyone wanting to edit documents once they’ve been scanned, rather than just archiving them.

Film Scanning: Some advanced scanners contain the ability to directly scan film negatives and digitise them. While not a mainstream use by any means, it is a very helpful feature for digitising old camera film to keep the images safe.

Network Support: Most scanners connect directly to your computer via USB. However some have wifi, ethernet or bluetooth support, allowing them to be used wirelessly. This means that the document can be scanned from anywhere, and will be sent directly to your computer. This is helpful for offices, since the scanner can be in a central location, rather than being passed around from computer to computer.

Cloud Support: Related to the above - some newer network-enabled scanners have the ability to upload the scanned images directly to the Cloud, meaning they can be immediately be accessed by any computer, making it very easy to backup and share images all over the world.

Portability: Some sheetfed scanners concentrate on portability, making the device extra-small and including a carrying bag or case. If you frequently use your scanner while travelling, this may be a good option to consider.

Scanner Retailers, Prices and Features

Flat-Bed Scanner Prices

The price range of scanners is from $29 to $19,995 and in total we found prices for 230 scanners. The average price of a new flat-bed scanner is $1,266 and the 80% of scanners are priced between $90 and $3,199. The most expensive scanner that we found is the Kodak i4850 Scanner at $19,995, and the cheapest is the Xerox B405DN at only $30.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Price Range

Panasonic flat-bed scanners start at $355 and their most expensive scanner costs $14,713. The highest average scanner price out of all brands is Panasonic flat-bed scanners with an average price of $4,151.

Kodak scanners start at $208 and their most expensive flat-bed scanner costs $19,995. The average price of Kodak scanners is $3,652 which is the second highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands.

Canon scanners range in price from $40 to $11,895, and the third highest average flat-bed scanner price out of all brands is Canon scanners with an average price of $2,301.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 454 expert reviews and 2,748 user reviews for scanners and used this information to evaluate the average rating for each brand of flat-bed scanner. The top three scanner brands are Epson, Fujitsu and Canon. Epson has an average rating of 74%, Fujitsu has an average rating of 74% and Canon has an average rating of 70%.

Biggest Scanner Retailers

We found 146 current offers for scanners from eBay making it the biggest flat-bed scanner retailer. That is significantly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Adorama for whom we found 112 current offers for scanners. The third biggest retailer is Overstock with 47 current flat-bed scanner offers.

When Are Most New Flat-Bed Scanners Released?

Most new scanners tend to be released between December and January. That means that most of the latest flat-bed scanner technology was released in within the last 3 months, and now is good time to buy. January was the biggest month in 2017 for new flat-bed scanners, with nine new flat-bed scanners released that month. 18 new flat-bed scanners were released in December 2016 making it the biggest month that year for new scanner releases. In September 2015 45 new flat-bed scanners were released making it the biggest month that year for new scanner releases.

How Fast Do Flat-Bed Scanner Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, scanners drop in price by 1% on average. That means that on a typical flat-bed scanner costing $1,266 you could save on average $15 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Optical Scanning Resolutions

'Optical scanning resolution' denotes the detail level of the image produced by the scanner, measured in dots per inch (DPI).

600 x 600 DPI is the most frequently found optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners. We found 218 scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI flat-bed scanners. 1200 x 1200 DPI is the second most popular optical scanning resolution amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 43 flat-bed scanners that are 1200 x 1200 DPI scanners.

A bigger optical scanning resolution means that the resulting image will be of a higher detail, and will more closely resemble the original document. Low scan resolutions may appear blurry or lacking in small details.

Scanner Types

A scanner is a device that optically scans images, printed text, handwriting, or an object, and converts it to a digital image. Common examples found in offices are variations of the desktop (or flatbed) scanner where the document is placed on a glass window for scanning. There are different types of scanners e.g. flatbed, pen, sheet-feed.

The most frequently found scanner type amongst new scanners is Sheetfed / ADF. We found 229 scanners that are Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanners. Flatbed is the second most frequently found scanner type amongst new scanners. We found 76 scanners that are flatbed flat-bed scanners.

Colour Scanning

Colour scanning denotes whether the scanner has the ability to scan in colour, or whether it's limited to black & white scanning.

Of the 351 new flat-bed scanners currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are scanners which support colour scanning. 334 flat-bed scanners out of 351 are scanners which support colour scanning.

Colour scanning is very helpful for scanning in photos, diagrams or any document that makes hefty use of colour.

Maximum Scan Sizes

Maximum scan size refers to the dimensions in millimetres of the largest document that the scanner can digitise.

We found 126 scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have an A4 / US Lettermm max scan size, which makes this the most frequently found maximum scan size amongst new scanners. We found 75 scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have an A4 (long)mm max scan size, making A4 (long)mm the second most common maximum scan size amongst new scanners.

A larger scan size means that the scanner is equipped to handle bigger documents, and is therefore more versatile and helpful, especially if you find yourself routinely needing to scan documents larger than A4.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Scanners?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying scanners. For each retailer it shows the total number of scanners where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying flat-bed scanners. 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. 113 of their scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of Flat-Bed Scanners for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for flat-bed scanners by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of scanner prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's scanner prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was eBay. 77.4% of their flat-bed scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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