April 4, 2006
Dear CNET members,
When it comes to printing photos at home, my personal preference is sticking with the printer manufacturer's photo paper or with well-known name brands. While this paper is a bit pricier, I have yet to regret the results produced or the longevity provided. However, my father, who is very cost conscious, insists that generic photo paper (not popular name brands, by the way) is equal in quality. This debate between us has gone on for years, but I have to tell you, the proof is in the pudding. I'm here staring at the photos on my office desk, some printed by me and some by my father. The ones that I printed haven't faded at all, yet his prints are starting to go. I guess the proof is in the print. So Pops, if you're reading this newsletter, I'm going to hand over the discussion to the members of our community to discuss the latest Point and Shout discussion: Do you use the manufacturer's photo paper or a third party's? Our members tell us what they use and what has fared the best in their opinion. Folks, step up and chime in. Maybe after reading your opinions, my father and I will have settled this ongoing debate once and for all. We'll see.
This week's hot topic:
When it comes to printing photos, what paper do you use? Do you prefer the manufacturer's photo paper, or do you think that a third party's is equally as good or better? That's the question we put forth in our latest Point and Shout discussion, and several of you had some great opinions to share.
They are all the same
CNET member duzzy states that most photo paper is very similar in quality, and you usually end up just paying more for the brand names, even though the photo-quality papers are basically the same! Do you agree with this member?
Read duzzy's full post in Point and Shout
Stick with the printer's manufactured paper
HP and Epson inkjet printers are member davestern's choice of printers. And he's found that what works better is matching the brand of paper to the printer brand. And worrying about the cost for the best prints is the last thing on his mind.
Read davestern's full post in Point and Shout
Printing at home doesn't make cents
CNET member Mark0 - Technologist says to do the math! After some simple addition and division, he's concluded that you save more money by printing digital photos at the local store. And he strongly urges people to ask themselves, "Why on earth am I using an inkjet for photo prints???"
Read Mark0 - Technologist's full post in Point and Shout
Have you tried a third-party paper--such as the ones from Kodak, Fuji, or others--for your photo prints? Are the expensive name-brand photo papers worth the extra cash, or should you just go with the cheaper generic brand? Read this Point and Shout discussion and tell us what you think.
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