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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique scanners rating which considers: 5,700 US prices • 15,000 expert & user reviews • 360 product comparisons • 130 industry awards • Score breakdown
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Canon CanoScan LiDE 220

544 Reviews
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$84.74

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Sep 2015
An astonishingly cheap and best selling flatbed colour scanning scanner, with two industry awards and an astoundingly high 4800x4800 DPI optical scanning resolution.
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89

Epson Perfection V370

931 Reviews
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$75.00

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jul 2017
The highest scoring scanner under $500, with outstanding user reviews and a very good spec.
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Fujitsu ScanSnap SV600

33 Reviews
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$249.00

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Sheetfed / ADF
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Aug 2018
The best scoring flat-bed scanner under $1,000, with the latest technology and a great spec.
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Fujitsu iX500

694 Reviews
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$399.00

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Nov 2016
The highest scoring sheetfed scanner on the market, with a very good spec.
#5

88

Fujitsu fi‑7160

5 Reviews
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$624.95

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 (Long)mm
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Oct 2013
A bargain price and best selling 600 x 600 DPI Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanner, with a great spec.
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Canon CanoScan LiDE 120

728 Reviews
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$48.95

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Flatbed
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Sep 2015
An award winning and extremely cheap 2400 x 4800 DPI flatbed scanner, with a very good spec.
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88

Epson Perfection V600

2,276 Reviews
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$169.99

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2009
An award winning and extremely cheap 6400 x 9600 DPI flatbed scanner, with a very good spec.
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Epson Perfection V19

17 Reviews
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$45.00

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jan 2015
An astoundingly cheap and classic 4800 x 4800 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner, with a great spec.
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Epson DS‑530

42 Reviews
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$80.00

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2016
An award winning and bargain price 600 x 600 DPI Sheetfed / ADF scanner, with a very good spec.
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Fujitsu ScanSnap S1300i

161 Reviews
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$238.95

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jan 2014
An affordable and award winning 600 x 600 DPI Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanner, with a great spec.
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87

Fujitsu ScanSnap iX100

35 Reviews
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$188.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Oct 2011
An award winning and very cheap 600 x 600 DPI Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanner, with a great spec.
#12

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Epson Perfection V39

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$45.00

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Flatbed
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Feb 2015
A fully featured and staggeringly cheap flatbed colour scanning flat-bed scanner.
#13

87

Xerox DocuMate 3220

10 Reviews
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$295.00

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 (Long)mm
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Sep 2015
The highest review score sheetfed scanner on the market.
#14

87

Iris Iriscan Book 3

17 Reviews
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$49.95

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Handheld
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A4 / US Lettermm
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May 2016
The cheapest portable scanner on the market.
#15

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Fujitsu N7100

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$1,403.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Feb 2015
The cheapest sheetfed scanner on the market.
#16

86

I.R.I.S. IRIScan Book 5

12 Reviews
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$99.99

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Handheld
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Dec 2016
An astoundingly cheap and positively reviewed 1200 x 1200 DPI handheld flat-bed scanner, with a very good spec.
#17

86

Plustek MobileOffice S410

5 Reviews
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$104.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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Sep 2015
A top-value and award winning 600 x 600 DPI Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanner, with a great spec.
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Canon Lide 220

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$84.75

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A4 / US Lettermm
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Jul 2014
A low cost and fully featured 4800 x 4800 DPI flatbed flat-bed scanner.
#19

85

Epson ES‑500

192 Reviews
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$324.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 (Long)mm
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May 2017
A best selling and very highly rated 600 x 600 DPI Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanner, with a cheap price and a great spec.
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Xerox DocuMate 3115

12 Reviews
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$169.99

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Sheetfed / ADF
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A4 / US Lettermm
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Sep 2015
A great value for money and award winning 600 x 600 DPI Sheetfed / ADF flat-bed scanner, with a very good spec.

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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 Fujitsu with an average rating of 91%. Compare all award winning scanners.

Rank Brand Number of Scanners Price Range Average Rating
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Fujitsu Scanners 23 $45 - $5,999
91%
1,097 reviews
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Epson Scanners 47 $45 - $5,907
88%
8,485 reviews
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Canon Scanners 29 $59 - $11,895
85%
1,833 reviews
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Brother Scanners 27 $80 - $1,400
84%
1,328 reviews
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HP Scanners 21 $189 - $3,999
78%
380 reviews
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Plustek Scanners 31 $97 - $1,833
76%
332 reviews
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Xerox Scanners 26 $45 - $7,221
75%
99 reviews
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Kodak Scanners 35 $232 - $18,395
67%
96 reviews

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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

In total we found 239 scanners ranging from $28 to $18,395. The average price of a new scanner is $1,199 and the 80% of flat-bed scanners are priced between $80 and $2,991. The Fujitsu N7100 is the cheapest scanner at only $29, and Kodak i4850 Scanner is the most expensive at $18,395.

Scanner Brands - Price Range

Panasonic flat-bed scanners range in price from $290 to $12,038, and the average price of Panasonic flat-bed scanners is $3,653 which is the highest average price of all scanner brands.

Kodak scanners range in price from $232 to $18,395, and the second highest average flat-bed scanner price out of all brands is Kodak scanners with an average price of $3,353.

The average price of Canon flat-bed scanners is $1,819 which is the third highest average price of all flat-bed scanner brands. Canon flat-bed scanners start at $59 and their most expensive flat-bed scanner costs $11,895.

Flat-Bed Scanner Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 641 expert reviews and 12,631 user reviews for flat-bed scanners available online and used this data to evaluate the average rating for each brand of flat-bed scanner. Fujitsu is the top rated scanner brand with an average rating of 91%. Epson is the second best brand with 88% and Canon is the third best brand with 85%.

Biggest Scanner Retailers

We found 223 current offers for flat-bed scanners from Amazon US making it the biggest flat-bed scanner retailer. That is much bigger than the second biggest retailer, eBay for whom we found 129 current offers for flat-bed scanners. The third biggest retailer is Adorama with 108 current flat-bed scanner offers.

When Are Most New Flat-Bed Scanners Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any noticeable pattern in the release month for new scanners. In 2017 most new scanners were released in September, with 10 new scanners released that month. The biggest month in 2016 for new flat-bed scanner releases was December, with 18 new scanners released that month. In September 2015 45 new flat-bed scanners were released making it the biggest month that year for new flat-bed scanner releases.

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

On average scanners drop in price by 6% in the first 6 months after release. That means a saving of $67 on a typical $1,199 new scanner if you wait 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).

We found 213 scanners that are 600 x 600 DPI scanners, which makes 600 x 600 DPI the most popular optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners. The second most common optical scanning resolution amongst new scanners is 1200 x 1200 DPI. We found 41 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.

Amongst new scanners, the most common scanner type is Sheetfed / ADF. We found 222 scanners that are Sheetfed / ADF scanners. The second most frequently found scanner type amongst new scanners is flatbed. 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 341 new scanners currently listed on Kagoo, the vast majority are scanners which support colour scanning. 325 scanners (95%) 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.

The most popular maximum scan size amongst new flat-bed scanners is A4 / US Lettermm. We found 120 flat-bed scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have an A4 / US Lettermm max scan size. A4 (long)mm is the second most common maximum scan size amongst new flat-bed scanners. We found 73 flat-bed scanners that are flat-bed scanners that have an A4 (long)mm max scan size.

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 flat-bed scanners. For each retailer it shows the total number of flat-bed scanners where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying 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 Amazon US. 155 of their flat-bed scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of 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 Amazon US. 69.5% of their scanner prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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