Dye Sub printer models don’t change that often and it’s not unusual for a printer to be a current model for many years.
The Mitsubishi D70 for example was launched in 2015 and is still a very popular and current model in 2020. This is quite different from consumer electronics where models change very often.
It also not uncommon for different printers to share the same media. The CP9500, CP9550, CP9600, CP9800 and CP9810 all used the same media. The CP-D70, CP-D80 and CP-D90 Printers all use some of the same media.
What happens if a printer is discontinued?
Dye Sub printers are primarily used in industrial or commercial locations such as theme parks, photo booths and instant print shops and unlike consumer items aren’t changed very often. It’s not unusual for the life of a printer to be ten years! As printer manufacturers make their money from the media it’s highly unlikely that this will stop being supplied until demand dries up.
Even if a printer is discontinued then it’s likely that it may still be in use with a different printer model which is still current.
How long is dye sub print media available after a printer is discontinued?
There isn’t any hard and fast rules but generally this is usually a minimum of 5 years with the average being around 10 years.
The HiTi 630PL which was introduced in 2001 still had media available in 2020 over 19 years later! The 630PL printer was superseded in 2002 but the same 600 series of printers where in production until around 2007.
If I bulk buy media will it expire and be unusable?
Dye Sub Print Media doesn’t usually have an expiry date because it’s a very stable medium. Like anything it relies on correct storage but it is possible for media to last many years even decades!
We have used media which was more than ten years old without issue.