http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2321752,00.asp#fbid=jwrcNdUdeG9 I took This article, "How to Buy a Photo Printer" from Pcmag.com. Pcmag.com is a website based on the magazine that is used as a guide for computer, electronics, etc. This particular article discusses the things that one should take into consideration when buying a photo printer.
The article mentions that true photo printers fall into two categories at the consumer level: Dedicated and near-dedicated photo printers. They are designed to print nothing but photos. It also mentions how to evaluate cost differences to printing a photo from home instead of going to a manufacturer. It is easier to calculate with a dedicated printer. Dedicated printers sells print packs that have ink and paper included for you to conclude how much the cost would be.