But here's today's award for "most excessive packaging"...sort of.
I admit, I'm not really being fair with this one, I'm just being cheap. I have to crank out a steady
stream of DVD screeners to send to distributors for movies they might want to acquire. That's just
part of life and it's so much easier and cheaper than producing VHS screeners used to be. This model
comes with a handy little tray that holds a single CD or DVD and they do a pretty good job of printing on them.
But you have to keep them fed with ink. Direct from Epson, a set of replacement ink cartridges for this
model rings up at $81.13 plus shipping if you buy the combo pack--or $109.98 if you'd like them to fill
the cartridges all the way (I guess not everybody buys ink cartridges for the ink, so they try to accommodate
different kinds of ink buyers).
On the other hand, an entire Epson R280 printer, complete with a full set of ink cartridges, was on sale for $29.99
with free shipping from Epson's online outlet store. Hmmmmm....
(and, yes, there are internet retailers who are selling compatible or remanufactured cartridges for this model
which are cheaper than the Epson originals, but even the cheapest ones were still considerably more expensive
than it was to buy a whole printer.)