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What is the Kagoo Score? Our unique photo printers rating which considers: 210 UK prices • 3,100 expert & user reviews • 150 product comparisons • 110 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

90

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Epson XP8500

25 Reviews
altomdata.dk - Recommended

£82.97

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A4
(Long)
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Sep 2016
#2

90

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Canon CP1300

837 Reviews
Camera Labs - Recommended

£89.00

300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
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Aug 2017
#3

88

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Canon PRO‑1

£45.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Sep 2017
#4

87

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Epson R3000

53 Reviews
Trusted Reviews - RecommendedDP Review - GoldEphotozine - Highly RecommendedPC Mag - Editor's Choice

£25.97

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A5
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Oct 2013
#5

87

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Canon PIXMA TS305

£28.00

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A6
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Sep 2016
#6

87

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Canon IP7250

£49.99

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4
(Long)
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Sep 2012
#7

87

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Canon IP110

254 Reviews

£118.80

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Oct 2014
#8

88

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Canon IX6850

106 Reviews

£119.97

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Jan 2014
#9

87

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Canon Pro‑10

7 Reviews
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£21.60

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Feb 2015
#10

85

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Canon MG7750

27 Reviews
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£23.34

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A6
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Oct 2016
#11

85

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP‑2

£67.99

314 X 314 DPI
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(Unknown)
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Dec 2018
#12

85

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Canon IP8750

144 Reviews
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£175.26

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Jan 2014
#13

84

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Canon Pixma Pro‑1

43 Reviews
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£23.40

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Jun 2013
#14

85

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Canon CP1000

19 Reviews

£23.50

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Sep 2017
#15

83

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Canon Pixma iP100

36 Reviews
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£56.39

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Apr 2017
#16

83

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Canon CP1200

£42.98

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Jan 2016
£50 Voucher
#17

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Canon Pixma Pro‑100S

32 Reviews
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£324.99

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Feb 2015
#18

82

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Kodak Mini 2

29 Reviews

£81.56

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Jul 2018
#19

81

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Fujifilm instax SHARE SP‑3

£82.99

800 X 600 DPI
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Nov 2017
#20

81

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Canon SELPHY CP510

23 Reviews
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300 X 300 DPI
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10x15
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May 2018

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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 84%. Compare all award winning photo printers.

Rank Brand Number of Photo Printers Price Range Average Rating
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Canon Photo Printers 50 £22 - £1,060
84%
1,676 reviews
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Epson Photo Printers 27 £26 - £472
84%
846 reviews

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Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
£324.99
£75 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Epson
SC-P400
£399.97
Newer by eight
months
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Canon
CP1300
£89.00
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
£67.99
£21 cheaper
16 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
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Canon
CP1300
£89.00
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
£67.99
£21 cheaper
17 months newer
314 x 314 DPI
DPI
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Canon
CP1200
£42.98
£40 cheaper
Two more awards
More customers
recommend it
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Epson
XP-8500
£82.97
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
Better
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Canon
iP8750
£175.26
£225 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
More popular
VS
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Epson
SC-P400
£399.97
21 months newer
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Epson
R3000
£25.97
Better Kagoo
Score
10 more awards
Newer by three
months
VS
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Canon
Pixma Pro-1
£23.40
£3 cheaper
Better brand
Twice as big
maximum print
size
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Epson
R3000
£25.97
Nine more
awards
Expert reviews
are better
2 Expert Review
Sites Gave It a
Higher Review
Score
VS
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Canon
Pro-10
£21.60
£4 cheaper
Newer by 17
months
Twice as big
maximum print
size
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Epson
R3000
£25.97
Better Kagoo
Score
Nine more
awards
Expert reviews
are better
VS
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Canon
Pro-10
£21.60
£4 cheaper
Newer by 16
months
Bigger maximum
resolution
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Epson
R3000
£25.97
£17 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Seven more
awards
VS
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Canon
CP1200
£42.98
Two years newer
Better brand
User reviews
are hugely
better
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Canon
CP1300
£89.00
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
Better brand
VS
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Fujifilm
instax SHARE SP-3
£82.99
£6 cheaper
More popular
5 times the
maximum
resolution
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-1
£49.99
Better brand
Two more awards
VS
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Polaroid
ZINK
£44.99
£5 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by one
year
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Epson
R3000
£25.97
£149 cheaper
10 more awards
VS
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Canon
iP8750
£175.26
Better Kagoo
Score
Bigger maximum
resolution
Better brand
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Epson
R3000
£25.97
£299 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Five more
awards
VS
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Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
£324.99
More popular
Newer by 17
months
A3 max print
size
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Canon
CP1000
£23.50
£2 cheaper
Better brand
VS
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Kodak
Mini 2
£25.00
More popular
Better Kagoo
Score
Much better
user reviews
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Epson
R3000
£25.97
£63 cheaper
Nine more
awards
92 times the
maximum
resolution
VS
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Canon
CP1300
£89.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Four years
newer
Better brand
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-1
£49.99
£39 cheaper
One more awards
VS
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Canon
CP1300
£89.00
Better Kagoo
Score
Three years
newer
Better brand
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Canon
Pixma Pro-1
£23.40
£377 cheaper
Better brand
Bigger maximum
resolution
VS
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Epson
SC-P400
£399.97
Better Kagoo
Score
Newer by two
years
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Canon
CP1200
£42.98
£56 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
VS
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Instax
Instax SHARE SP-2
£99.00
Bigger maximum
resolution
Eight months
newer
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Canon
CP1200
£42.98
£25 cheaper
Better Kagoo
Score
Three more
awards
VS
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
£67.99
Newer by three
years
Bigger maximum
resolution
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Canon
CP1000
£23.50
£59 cheaper
Better brand
Newer by one
year
VS
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Epson
XP-8500
£82.97
Better Kagoo
Score
One more award
64 times the
maximum
resolution
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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

In total we found 43 photo printers ranging from £21 to £1,060. A new photo printer costs on average £151 and 80% of photo printers are priced between £26 and £400. The Canon Pro-10 is the cheapest photo printer at only £22, and Canon Pro 9000 Mark II is the most expensive at £1,060.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

OKI photo printers range in price from £395 to £395, and the average price of OKI photo printers is £395 which is the highest average price of all photo printer brands.

The average price of Epson photo printers is £190 which is the second highest average price of all photo printer brands. Epson photo printers start at £26 and their most expensive photo printer costs £472.

The average price of Sony photo printers is £155 which is the third highest average price of all photo printer brands. Sony photo printers range in price from £155 to £155.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have checked 893 expert reviews and 1,813 user reviews for photo printers and used this data to calculate 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 33 current photo printer offers from eBay. The second biggest retailer is Amazon UK with 17 offers. That means eBay is much bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to photo printers. PC World Business is the third biggest retailer with 13 current offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any clear trend in the release month for new photo printers. May was the biggest month in 2018 for new photo printers, with 10 new photo printers released that month. Eight new photo printers were released in September 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. In September 2016, six new photo printers were released making it the biggest month that year as well for new photo printer releases.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

New photo printers drop in price by an average of 2% in the first 6 months after they wer first released. If you are prepared to wait then you could save an average of £4 on a typical £151 new photo printer by waiting 6 months before buying.

Maximum Resolutions

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

The most popular maximum resolution amongst new photo printers is 300 x 300 DPI. We found 27 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers. 5760 x 1440 DPI is the second most frequently found 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.

We found 40 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / letter max print size, which makes A4 / letter the most frequently found maximum print size amongst new photo printers. The second most common maximum print size amongst new photo printers is 10x15. 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. 16 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. 48.5% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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