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Calculate Your Print Costs

Deciding where to print your photos – at home, online, in a retail store – often boils down to a question of convenience. But cost matters too, and here it’s often quite difficult to know where you’re getting the best deal. Well, the wise minds at How To Geek have made it somewhat easier to figure out what your home photo prints are costing you. They’ve developed a spreadsheet application (which you can download for free here) that lets you input a number of variables – such as the “yield” of your inkjet cartridge and the cost of photo paper – and determine the “price per print” of your home printer. Using that data, you can then compare it to print services offered online and in-store and see if you’re getting a good deal.

I’ve just started playing with it – and for those interested, please see the How To Geek site for a screen-by-screen rundown on how to use the tool – but it seems like a helpful tool to shed a little light on what you’re paying for your home photo printing.

Author:Greg Scoblete

Greg Scoblete is the editor of Your Digital Life. He has been covering the photographic world for the past ten years for a variety of publications including PDN, This Week in Consumer Electronics and Digital Photographer.