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Hi Envy.. I am a former rep for Epson. First if you are doing transfers you don't need any special ink. The c88 which has 4 inks that are a pigment ink which is best for tees because the inks are water resistant and fade resistant. The 1280 which is being replace with the r1800 is a dye ink. It uses 8 inks.. over the top for tees great for photography. Hp printers by the way are thermal inks not recommended for transfers but they work.. Also the 1280 is a large format printer. If you doing large transfer designs then it may be they way to go but work out the cost per transfer in ink usage.
My cx7800 all in one (epson) uses 4 inks (same as c88) and I figured I pay an average of .35 to .50 cents per 8 x 10 tranfer. Hope this helps you and others. Lou
 
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