The 1270 was replaced by the 1280.. Now the 1280 has been replace by the r1800. One of the major factors you want to consider is they are dye printers.. If you can get a bulk system with pigment ink then I would say you okay.. I don't know if you can. Dye ink will bleed and fade.. I don't know your location but I will tell you if you have a large ofice supply or Best Buy check with them to see if they have any 1280 in stock or can they get you one. Because they have been discontinued they have reduced prices on them The best buy hare in stockton sold their display model for 100 less than original price. Alos remember that the 1280 is a large format printer and has 6 inks. So your cost per page is about a buck. And of course if your doing large format transfers they cost more also. So be sure to figure that in your cost of each item. A lot of people do not consider cost of ink printing. Shame..And do not use the low cost ink from those online suppliers. Especially if your printing with pigment ink.. they are not pigment ink replacement.