I got a second one last year $79 after the $300 rebate and free 13x19 paper. I mainly got it for the ink as I already have a Pro-100 that I am using. I might get another (3rd) Pro-100 for again, just the ink and paper. What to do with the two spare machines?
It does print very well and the glossy on the Pro Platinum paper is the best I have ever seen. I was lucky to pick up a 8 free packs of Pro Platinum 8.5x11 size when purchasing one pack direct from Canon last year too. Not sure why they had the fire sale on the paper. But I have more paper than ink at this point. :-)
They'll give printers away to sell ink.
Can't remember the last time (or ever) they sold large format printers for super low prices. I'd say that your argument is invalid.
The fact that they've not done it before with this format printer hardly makes the observation invalid. Printer companies have frequently given printers away counting on future ink sales where margins are huge.
Anyway, I just ordered one through B&H, essentially the same deal. The $300 rebate is not precisely "cash back." You get a $300 valued American Express card to use -- apparently no way to get cash per se.
The B&H guy told me best results have been reported with the Pro Platinum paper.
Under whats included on Adorama and B&H, it says "Introductory Ink Cartridges" and on Amazon is says "Setup Ink Tanks", so are you getting your monies worth for these cartridges?
Can't speak specifically to this or Canon but on every other ink type printer I have ever been around new the ones that are supplied in the box are a long ways from the same capacity of the replacement cartridges.