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I use the free HP 80xi printer that came with my computer for letter sized
documents, I purchased an HP Deskjet 9800 for 11 x 17's for $299 at Office
Max, and purchased an HP 650C Plotter from eBay. Yes, eBay.  It was surplus
equipment from Virginia Tech and someone was auctioning it off.  Works
great, came with a network card.  All the drivers came with Windows and any
set up questions I had were answered through Google and the internet.  It's
a workhorse plotter, not super fast, but reliable.  It prints b/w and color,
up to 36" plots and for $500 it was a great deal.  Obviously I'm a small
potatoes shop, but it's perfect for what I need.  Best wishes.

Peggy

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Wilson [mailto:wilsonengineers(--nospam--at)yahoo.com]
Sent: Wednesday, August 24, 2005 6:13 PM
To: seaint(--nospam--at)seaint.org
Subject: Buying a plotter


Does anyone have any good or bad plotter buying
experiences that you would like to share?  I'm looking
to buy my first plotter to handle up to 36" wide B&W
prints.

Is the safest bet to buy through a reputable dealer
with a service plan, or should I be looking to buy a
used plotter somewhere?

And is there a particular brand to avoid, or one I
should consider?  I'm only familiar with HP's, so I
suppose that's what I would ask for.  There are just
so many models to search through.  The few numbers I'm
familiar with seem to be discontinued (HP 650 Design
Jet series).

Speed plotting is not really a concern.  I also don't
need much for bells and whistles as I will be the only
user.  I'm figuring on spending up to $1500 for a
simple machine, but would be willing to spend more for
"must-have" upgrades.

Thanks in advance,
Jim Wilson

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