Quiz: What Paper Size?

Last updated on February 3rd, 2020 at 10:04 pm

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Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper for your large printer comes in 100-foot rolls that can either be 16" wide, or 24", or 36", or 44".  When you print, your printer automatically adds an inch before and after the print before cutting the roll.

If you have to print an image that is 33" by 40", and the price per square inch is the same for all choices, which roll should you use?
It turns out that a roll of 16" paper costs $100, the 24" would be $135, the 36" is $195, and the 44" is $230 (including tax, shipping, etc.).  How would this affect your answer?

Author: Bruce

Although I grew up in Garden Grove, California, I have lived here in South Miami longer than I've lived anywhere else in the world. I've been married to my wonderful wife, Nancy, longer than I was ever without her. We were both teachers. Nancy recently retired after 40 years. I have also spent time as an officer in the Coast Guard, a commercial property appraiser, and an electrical engineering student. Now I'm technical support for Bee Happy Graphics. That means I handle this blog, our web page, and all E-mail, I do all post-processing and printing of the images, I cut mats and glass and frames. If you have a technical question, I would be the one trying to answer it.

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