"Your inkjet printer may be quietly eating you out of house and home," wrote Marlo E. Schuldt, developer of the Legacy add-on Heritage Collector Suite.
Is this statement ever so true! I discontinued use of my inkjet printer a couple of years ago. Although the initial cost of the printer was cheap (it was actually free with the purchase of another product), it seemed like I was always purchasing more ink. Over time, I also noticed the pictures I had printed began to fade.
After I threw my inkjet printer as far as I could, I did as Schuldt's article suggests. I purchased a color laserjet printer. The initial cost was more than an inkjet, but over time I regained the price difference in savings on ink. However, I still wonder if printing to photo paper via my color laserjet printer will give me archival-quality photos that will stand the test of time.
In Schuldt's article, "The Inkjet Money Pit", he answers the question of "how much does inkjet printing really cost?" He provides guidance on how to attain archival-quality prints of your prized digital photos. He concludes, "Now you know why inkjet printers are so cheap. They might as well have an automatic withdrawal hooked up to your bank account."