While it's true you can get things printed out large-format at copy shops, there's still a basic problem or two with that...
1) If you care about archival issues (and you should, for the sake of your clients), then some random non-archival wide format printer like those found in all copy shops... that's not going to do the trick. Some copy shops will claim that if you get it laminated it'll last forever, but that's not really true.
2) Let's say you want a 3 by 4 foot print. At $12 a square foot, that's $144. You spend $144 to get a not-archival paper or canvas print at 150 dpi. Compare that to spending $150+ at say, an Iris service bureau, to get something the exact same size that IS archival... not to mention that the Iris print will have a much much better optical DPI.
I know not everyone will agree with me, but in my analysis... if you're looking for something to really sell to a collector, wide format, then the copy shop just won't cut it.
-=- Jen "Been gone a while" Pixelscapes
[This message has been edited by pixelscapes (edited August 09, 2000).]