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Kagoo Score - Our unique photo printers rating considers: 940 UK prices • 9,000 expert & user reviews • 72 product comparisons • 110 industry awards • Score breakdown
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#1

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Canon iP110

282 Reviews
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£56.23

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Aug 2014
The highest scoring high-quality photo printer available, with superb features
#2

88

Epson Expression Photo XP‑55

68 Reviews
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£94.98

5760 X 1400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Oct 2014
The highest scoring photo printer under £100
£25 Voucher
#3

88

Epson XP‑8500

923 Reviews
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£93.24

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A4 (Long)
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Sep 2016
An award winning and bargain price 4800 x 1200 DPI photo printer, with good features
#4

87

Epson R3000

116 Reviews
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£38.22

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A3
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Oct 2013
The cheapest high-quality photo printer around, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and 7 further awards from other expert sites
#5

87

Canon SELPHY CP1300

155 Reviews
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£89.99

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Sep 2017
An award winning and low cost 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with good features
£20 Voucher
#6

86

Canon iX6850

134 Reviews
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£129.99

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Jan 2014
A very popular and high-quality 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a fair price
#7

86

Canon iP8750

231 Reviews
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£179.00

9600 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Jan 2014
A very popular and top of the range 9600 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a fair price
£75 Voucher
#8

85

Epson ET‑7700

355 Reviews
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£439.00

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Sep 2017
A fully featured and award winning 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer
#9

84

Canon CP1200

1,311 Reviews
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£95.00

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Jan 2016
A low cost and award winning 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and an additional award from another expert site
#10

83

Canon Pro‑10

288 Reviews
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£489.96

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Feb 2018
The latest high-quality photo printer on the market, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website and 3 further awards from other expert sites
#11

82

Canon PIXMA TS305

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£32.49

4800 X 1200 DPI
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A6
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Sep 2016
A bargain price but marginally out of date 4800 x 1200 DPI photo printer, with good features
#12

82

Canon Pixma Pro‑100S

99 Reviews
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£309.99

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A3
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Feb 2015
The highest review score high-quality photo printer available, with an Editor's Choice award from one expert review website
#13

82

Canon iP8500

12 Reviews
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£75.00

4800 X 2400 DPI
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A4 / Letter
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Dec 2016
A fully featured and award winning 4800 x 2400 DPI photo printer, with a reasonable price
#14

81

Canon CP910

364 Reviews
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£94.99

300 X 300 DPI
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A6
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Mar 2015
An affordable and award winning 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with good features
#15

80

Kodak Mini 2

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£65.00

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Jul 2018
An amazingly cheap and new photo printer, but with only middle of the road features
#17

79

Instax Instax SHARE SP‑2

88 Reviews
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£133.28

640 X 480 DPI
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A8
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Sep 2016
A very popular and award winning 640 x 480 DPI photo printer, with a good price but only average features
#18

79

Canon PRO‑1000

197 Reviews
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£899.00

2400 X 1200 DPI
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A2
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Feb 2018
A newly released and award winning 2400 x 1200 DPI photo printer, with an Editor's Choice award from two expert review websites and an additional award from another expert site
#19

79

Polaroid ZIP

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£69.03

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A8
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Feb 2017
A best selling and top-value A8 max print size photo printer, with many owner recommendations but only average features
#20

77

Kodak PM‑210

18 Reviews
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£82.99

300 X 300 DPI
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A8
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Dec 2016
A highly rated but slightly out of date 300 x 300 DPI photo printer, with a cheap price and good features

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Epson SureColor SC‑P600

402 Reviews
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£524.99

5760 X 1440 DPI
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A3
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Nov 2014
A multi award winning and good spec 5760 x 1440 DPI photo printer, with an Editor's Choice award from three expert review websites and 4 further awards from other expert sites

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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 87%. Compare all award winning photo printers.

Rank Brand Number of Photo Printers Price Range Average Rating
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Canon Photo Printers 22 £30 - £900
87%
3,803 reviews

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SureColor SC-P600
£524.95
Six more awards
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Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
£325.99
£199 cheaper
More popular
Better brand
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Canon
Pixma Pro-100S
£325.99
£113 cheaper
More popular
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ET-7700
£439.00
Two more awards
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PM-210
£82.99
£17 cheaper
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Canon
CP1300
£99.99
Better brand
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Canon
CP1300
£99.99
£44 cheaper
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Fujifilm
Instax Share SP-2
£143.98
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CP1200
£95.00
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Polaroid
ZIP
£69.03
£26 cheaper
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Epson
SureColor SC-P600
£524.95
Four more
awards
More popular
Moderately
better user
reviews
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Canon
PRO-1000
£489.00
£36 cheaper
Better brand
Marginally
better expert
reviews
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Canon
CP1000
£70.98
Better brand
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Polaroid
ZIP
£69.03
More popular
User reviews
are vastly
better
Expert reviews
are a little
better
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Epson
R3000
£38.20
£452 cheaper
Six more awards
Expert reviews
are marginally
better
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Canon
Pro-10
£489.96
Better brand
Better user
reviews
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Epson
R3000
£38.20
£452 cheaper
Nine more
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Expert reviews
are better
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Canon
Pro-10
£489.96
Better brand
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Canon
Pro-10
£489.96
Better brand
A little better
expert reviews
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Epson
ET-7700
£439.00
£51 cheaper
Two more awards
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Canon
CP1000
£70.98
£12 cheaper
Better brand
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Kodak
PM-210
£82.99
More popular
Significantly
better user
reviews
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Epson
Expression Photo XP-55
£94.98
£5 cheaper
More popular
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Canon
CP1300
£99.99
Better brand
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Canon
Pro-10
£489.96
£35 cheaper
Better brand
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Epson
SureColor SC-P600
£524.95
Three more
awards
Better expert
reviews
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Canon
Selphy CP820
£199.99
Better brand
User reviews
are better
VS
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Kodak
PM-210
£82.99
£117 cheaper
More popular
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Epson
R3000
£38.20
£62 cheaper
Nine more
awards
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Canon
CP1300
£99.99
Better brand
User reviews
are marginally
better
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Epson
SC-P400
£250.00
£239 cheaper
Marginally
better user
reviews
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Canon
PRO-1000
£489.00
More popular
Better brand
A little better
expert reviews
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Epson
R3000
£38.20
£18 cheaper
Expert reviews
are a lot
better
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Canon
iP110
£56.23
Better brand
Marginally
better user
reviews
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Epson
SureColor SC-P600
£524.95
Four more
awards
Slightly better
expert reviews
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Canon
Pixma IP4950
£399.99
£125 cheaper
Better brand
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Canon
Selphy CP820
£199.99
Better brand
Marginally
better user
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ZIP
£69.03
£131 cheaper
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£80.00
£20 cheaper
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£99.99
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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 £29 to £900 and in total we found prices for 39 photo printers. On average, a new photo printer costs £212 and 80% of photo printers are priced between £65 and £490. The Canon iP2850 is the cheapest photo printer at only £30, and Canon Pro-100 is the most expensive at £900.

Photo Printer Brands - Price Range

The average price of OKI photo printers is £499 which is the highest average price of all photo printer brands. OKI photo printers range in price from £499 to £499.

Epson photo printers range in price from £38 to £525, and the second highest average photo printer price out of all brands is Epson photo printers with an average price of £279.

The average price of Canon photo printers is £218 which is the third highest average price of all photo printer brands. Canon photo printers start at £30 and their most expensive photo printer costs £900.

Photo Printer Brands - Average Ratings

We have analysed 473 expert reviews and 8,202 user reviews for photo printers and used these reviews to evaluate 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 Amazon UK. We found 37 current photo printer offers from Amazon UK. The second biggest retailer is eBay with 33 offers. That means Amazon UK is slightly bigger than eBay when it comes to photo printers. Ebuyer is the third biggest retailer with 14 current offers.

When Are Most New Photo Printers Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any prominent pattern in the release month for new photo printers. Two new photo printers were released in February 2017 making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases. In 2016 most new photo printers were released in September, with nine new photo printers released that month. In May 2015 four new photo printers were released making it the biggest month that year for new photo printer releases.

How Fast Do Photo Printer Prices Drop After Release?

On average, in the first 6 months after release, photo printers drop in price by 3%. That means that on a typical photo printer costing £212 you could save on average £6 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.

We found 10 photo printers that are 300 x 300 DPI photo printers, which makes this the most frequently found maximum resolution amongst new photo printers. 4800 x 1200 DPI is the second most popular maximum resolution amongst new photo printers. We found 9 photo printers that are 4800 x 1200 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 common maximum print size amongst new photo printers. We found 9 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A4 / Letter max print size. The second most popular maximum print size amongst new photo printers is A6. We found 8 photo printers that are photo printers that have an A6 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. 19 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. 57.6% of their photo printer prices were the cheapest that could be found anywhere.

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