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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique 3D printers rating which considers: 160 UK prices • 870 expert & user reviews • 130 product comparisons • 21 industry awards • Score breakdown
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XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.0 Pro

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£457.98

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0.1 DPI
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Nov 2016
A breathtakingly cheap but marginally out of date 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with ok reviews and a great spec. This 3D printer has a good display, it's good-looking and well designed.
#3

84

Up! Mini 3D Printer

9 Reviews
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£465.00

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Sep 2015
This 3D printer is really easy to setup and easy to use. It's an award winning and bargain price 3D printer, with a good spec.
#4

83

XYZ Printing 3F1JWXEU01B

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£209.98

n/a
0.1 DPI
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Jan 2017
A remarkably cheap but marginally out of date 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with a good spec.
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83

XYZ Printing 3FM1WXEU01

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£294.99

n/a
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Nov 2016
A very good value for money but 2 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
#6

82

XYZ Printing da Vinci Junior 1.0

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£349.98

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Apr 2015
A good spec and excellent value for money Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer.
#7

82

bq Witbox Go!

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£552.99

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Oct 2017
The top scoring 3D printer under £1,000, with user reviews and a good spec.
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#8

82

MakerBot Replicator+

55 Reviews
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£2,278.80

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2016
A multi award winning but a little out of date Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec. This 3D printer is well designed, reliable but expensive.
#9

81

bq WitBox 2

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£1,199.98

n/a
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Nov 2015
A good value for money and critically acclaimed Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
#10

81

XYZ Printing da Vinci Junior 3D Printer

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£251.08

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2015
A bargain price but 3 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
#11

80

MakerBot Replicator Mini+ Compact

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£1,628.95

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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2016
A good value for money but slightly out of date Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
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#12

80

XYZ Printing Xyz Da Vinci Superfine SLA 3D Printer

63 Reviews
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£1,904.99

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0.025 DPI
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Stereolithography (SL)
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Jun 2016
This 3D printer is easy to use, really easy to setup but heavy and bulky. It's an award winning but 3 year old 0.025 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with a reasonable price and a good spec.
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79

XYZ Printing da Vinci 1.1 Plus 3D Printer

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£477.99

n/a
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2015
A top-value but 3 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
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78

bq Hephestos 2

1 Review
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£829.98

n/a
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Jan 2016
A cheap but 3 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
#15

76

XYZ Printing da Vinci 2.0A 3D Printer

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£467.57

n/a
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Sep 2015
A bargain price but 3 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
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71

XYZ Printing Nobel 1.0 3D Printer

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£1,247.58

n/a
0.025 DPI
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Stereolithography (SL)
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Sep 2015
A good value for money but 3 year old 0.025 DPI print resolution 3D printer, with a good spec.
#17

70

CEL Robox 3D Printer

11 Reviews
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£920.82

n/a
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Dual-Nozzle Filament
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Sep 2015
This 3D printer is a fast printer but it doesn't have great print quality and it's expensive. It's a good value for money but 3 year old Dual-nozzle filament 3D printer, with only a middle of the road spec.
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70

ST3Di ST3Di

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£802.87

0.1mm
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n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Feb 2016
A good spec but 3 year old 0.1mm accuracy 3D printer.
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68

MakerBot Replicator Mini

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£898.80

n/a
n/a
Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Mar 2014
An average value for money and 5 year old Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printer, with a good spec.
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Up! Plus 2 3D Printer

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£1,065.00

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Sep 2015
A 3 year old and average value for money 3D printer, with only a middle of the road spec.

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3D Systems CubePro Duo

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£2,159.99

0.2mm
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Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM)
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Aug 2014
A fully featured but 4 year old 0.2mm accuracy 3D printer.

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What Are The Best 3D Printer Brands?

We looked at the reviews for every 3D printer and used this to calculate the average overall rating of each brand. The top rated 3D printer brand is XYZ Printing with an average rating of 52%. Compare all award winning 3D printers.

Rank Brand Number of 3D Printers Price Range Average Rating
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XYZ Printing 3D Printers 29 £167 - £1,905
52%
176 reviews

Trending 3D Printer Comparisons

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WitBox 2
£1,199.98
£1,079 cheaper
Considerably
better expert
reviews
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MakerBot
Replicator+
£2,278.80
Better brand
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MakerBot
Replicator+
£2,278.80
Five more
awards
Expert reviews
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XYZ Printing
da Vinci nano
£166.98
£2,112 cheaper
Better brand
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bq
Hephestos 2
£829.98
£1,449 cheaper
Better expert
reviews
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MakerBot
Replicator+
£2,278.80
Better brand
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Up!
Mini 3D Printer
£465.00
Expert reviews
are better
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XYZ Printing
da Vinci 1.0 Pro
£457.98
One more awards
Better brand
User reviews
are better
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XYZ Printing
Nobel 1.0 3D Printer
£1,247.58
Better brand
Better expert
reviews
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3D Systems
Gen3
£799.98
£448 cheaper
User reviews
are vastly
better
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3D Systems
Gen3
£799.98
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reviews
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XYZ Printing
da Vinci 1.0 Pro
£457.98
£342 cheaper
Better brand
Expert reviews
are moderately
better
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Up!
Plus 2 3D Printer
£1,065.00
Much better
user reviews
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XYZ Printing
da Vinci 1.0 Pro
£457.98
£607 cheaper
Better brand
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Up!
Plus 2 3D Printer
£1,065.00
Better user
reviews
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XYZ Printing
da Vinci 1.1 Plus 3D Printer
£477.99
£587 cheaper
Better brand
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MakerBot
Replicator+
£2,278.80
Five more
awards
Better brand
User reviews
are
significantly
better
VS
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Up!
Mini 3D Printer
£465.00
£1,814 cheaper
Better expert
reviews
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Up!
Plus 2 3D Printer
£1,065.00
Better user
reviews
VS
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XYZ Printing
da Vinci Junior 3D Printer
£251.08
£814 cheaper
Better brand
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Up!
Mini 3D Printer
£465.00
Better expert
reviews
VS
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XYZ Printing
da Vinci Junior 3D Printer
£251.08
£214 cheaper
One more awards
Better brand
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bq
WitBox 2
£1,199.98
£705 cheaper
Expert reviews
are appreciably
better
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Xyz Da Vinci Superfine SLA 3D Printer
£1,904.99
Better brand

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

QWhat does accuracy mean on a 3D printer?
AAccuracy determines how close the final finished product looks compared to the original plans. The higher the accuracy, the better the final product will be.
QWhy is layer thickness important for a 3D printer?
ALayer thickness determines how thin each layer that makes up the 3D printer item is. The thinner each layer, the higher the detail level of the overall product.

Buying a 3D Printer

3D printing is a new but rapidly growing field of printing and creating. Also known as ‘additive manufacturing’, 3D printers are very different from all other printers. Below we will give you an introduction to what 3D printers are, how they work and what attributes to consider when choosing a model.

3D printing, as the name suggests, involves taking a blueprint of an object and creating a fully-realised 3D model as a physical object. The object is not so much ‘printed’ as ‘constructed’ - the printer breaks the blueprint down into hundreds of small layers, then nozzles pump a special plastic material into the shape required for the layer. It then moves up the tiniest fraction, and repeats for the next layer, and so on. Using this method the model is constructed from the base up, and at the end you have a fully 3D version of the blueprint!

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Because 3D printing is such a versatile technology, the scope of what you can print is astounding. People have successfully 3D printed everything from extremely-intricate toys and clothes to replacement parts for machines. Someone has even managed to print a fully-functional camera! Many of the blueprints used to create such things are freely available online, meaning that anyone with access to a 3D printer can download and fabricate the item!

Because the process is far cheaper and faster than creating many of the objects normally, 3D printing is increasingly being used for the creation of artificial limbs., especially for children. This is because they grow so quickly that they outgrow the size of their limbs, so cheaper, fast-produced replacements will utterly change the game.

3D printing is not just limited to medical or mechanical objects - there is a growing field dedicated to 3D printing food! While still in it’s infancy, people have already successfully used fine sugar syrups or protein pastes to create a wide array of foods, from sweets to savoury snacks.

In short, it’s an astoundingly exciting field, with a lot of potential. The tech has a long way to go still, but consumer models of machines are already available on the market for early adopters.

Pricing

Because 3D printing is such cutting-edge technology, models for early adopters come with a hefty price tag attached. Some small, lower end models can be got for around £200-400, but most come in between £750-1000. As with all very new tech, it’s expected that as more and more consumer models appear on the market, the prices will start to drop in the years to come. However right now, the price will form a substantial barrier to entry.

As of late 2017, growing interest in 3D printing has sparked a greater number of commercial printers available, and the first £100-200 models are starting to appear.

Size

Once you’ve decided to buy a machine, the next consideration is the size. Because there has to be enough space in the machine to fit the finished object, what you can create will be limited by the size of the machine. Small printers may only be able to fabricate objects a few centimetres across, while larger, more expensive machines allow for correspondingly bigger creations.

Also, it’s worth noting that even the smallest 3D printers have quite a large footprint, so will take up a substantial amount of space wherever you set them up.

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Speed

The current generation of 3D printers are not particularly fast, but this tech is evolving and getting faster all the time. That said, there is a substantial difference in speed even between current brands of printer. Look for a model with more than one nozzle for faster printing speeds.

Accuracy

Finally, 3D printers don’t yet always create a perfect 1-to-1 replica of the blueprint. This can be due to many factors, such as sub-standard quality of nozzles - nozzles that are too big don’t allow for very fine precision work, meaning it will create more of a vaguely thing-shaped lump than a delicate construction. The 3D printers on our site have an ‘accuracy’ rating - look for one with very high accuracy for the highest fidelity between the original blueprint and your finished product.

3D Printer Retailers, Prices and Features

3D Printer Prices

We currently list 24 3D printers ranging from £166 to £2,851. A new 3D printer costs on average £991 and 80% of 3D printers are priced between £252 and £2,160. The XYZ Printing da Vinci nano is the cheapest 3D printer at only £167, and 3D Systems CubePro Trio is the most expensive at £2,851.

3D Printer Brands - Price Range

Tiertime 3D printers range in price from £2,051 to £2,051, and the highest average 3D printer price out of all brands is Tiertime 3D printers with an average price of £2,051.

The average price of 3D Systems 3D printers is £1,937 which is the second highest average price of all 3D printer brands. 3D Systems 3D printers start at £800 and their most expensive 3D printer costs £2,851.

MakerBot 3D printers start at £899 and their most expensive 3D printer costs £2,279. The average price of MakerBot 3D printers is £1,421 which is the third highest average price of all 3D printer brands.

3D Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 185 expert reviews and 237 user reviews for 3D printers and used this information to determine the average rating for each brand of 3D printer.

Biggest 3D Printer Retailers

The biggest 3D printer retailer by number of products currently for sale is Ebuyer. We found 11 current 3D printer offers from Ebuyer. The second biggest retailer is Ebuyer Business with 10 offers. That means Ebuyer is slightly bigger than Ebuyer Business when it comes to 3D printers. Insight is the third biggest retailer with 3 current offers.

When Are Most New 3D Printers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any clear trend in the release month for new 3D printers. Nine new 3D printers were released in July 2018 making it the biggest month that year for new 3D printer releases. The biggest month in 2017 for new 3D printer releases was April, with 10 new 3D printers released that month. In November 2016, nine new 3D printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new 3D printer releases.

How Fast Do 3D Printer Prices Drop After Release?

In the first 6 months after release, 3D printers drop in price by 12% on average. That means a saving of £119 on a typical £991 new 3D printer if you wait 6 months before buying.

Accuracy

This indicates the accuracy that the 3D printer can achieve in the final model, compared to the original.

Comparing all 3D printers, the accuracy range from 0.0125mm to 0.25mm. The accuracy of most 3D printers range from 0.01mm to 0.04mm. The 3D Systems CubePro Duo, which is available at £2,159.99, has the biggest accuracy and is a 0.2mm accuracy 3D printer. The 3D printer with the smallest accuracy is the ST3Di ST3Di, which is a 0.1mm accuracy 3D printer and sells for £802.87.

A greater accuracy means that the 3D printer will be able to create replicas significantly closer to the original, making for a far higher-quality product.

Print Resolutions

This indicates the highest support print resolution for the 3D printer.

Across the range of 3D printers, the print resolutions range from 0.025 DPI to 50 DPI. The print resolutions of most 3D printers range from 0 DPI to 5 DPI. The 3D printer with the biggest print resolution is the XYZ Printing 3F1JWXEU01B, which is a 0.1 DPI print resolution 3D printer and can be purchased for £209.98. The XYZ Printing Nobel 1.0 3D Printer, which is priced at £1,247.58, has the smallest print resolution and is a 0.025 DPI print resolution 3D printer.

The higher the supported print resolution for the device, the more detailed the final model will be!

Maximum Build Sizes (WxDxH)

The maximum build size indicates the largest possible size for an object that the 3D printer can generate.

A larger build size means that the 3D printer can print bigger and better models!

Print Technologies

Print technology refers to the system used by the printer to create the 3D object.

Amongst new 3D printers, the most frequently found print technology is Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM). We found 54 3D printers that are Fused Deposition Modeling (FDM) 3D printers. The second most popular print technology amongst new 3D printers is Stereolithography (SL). We found 6 3D printers that are Stereolithography (SL) 3D printers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for 3D Printers?

The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying 3D printers. For each retailer it shows the total number of 3D printers where they currently have a market leading price. The chart below helps you decide which retailer is normally cheapest for buying 3D 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 Ebuyer Business. 10 of their 3D printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

Proportion of 3D Printers for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

Assessing how cheap each retailer is for 3D printers by counting the number of cheapest prices for that retailer, makes the retailers that offer the greatest number of 3D printer prices more likely to offer the greatest number of cheapest prices. The chart below considers the proportion of each retailer's 3D printer prices that are the cheapest compared to other retailers. The cheapest retailer that we found using this approach was Ebuyer Business. 100% of their 3D printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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