The problem I found with plotters (with what limited information ive gotten out of ppl) was that the 12" ones aren't worth it. A guy in Baton Rouge that runs a sign shop (whos a dg'r) was asking me all sorts of questions as to how Im getting my stuff so clean and all that. I answered his questions.... Then I asked him about plotters and he was reluctant to answer.. Like Im gonna take his business away from him or something.
The only info I've gotten is that you're better off getting a 15" or 24" because the rolls are a LOT easier to find. Plus if I did get a plotter that big, I'd want to cut custom decals for friends and local clubs for spare change here and there.
Or even windshield banners. Also I couldn't get any definite answers about software for the budget plotters. Which I went with my gut and instinct and just decided that the software that comes with it is most likely trash.
If Im going to invest in a plotter, It's going to be a bigger one that I can do more than just dye prints for. But I'd be spending most of my time on illustrator on my comp instead of doing it by hand.
I've already got plenty of Carpal Tunnel issues with doing 3d Modeling for tools in the oilfield industry for a living... Being on a comp 8 hours a day just for work..... on top of lots of Call of Duty4 on the PS3, Several years of nonstop raiding on Warcraft (thank god I quit that addiction), and playing my bass for several hours a night.
So for me, it just wasn't worth it to invest in a plotter because I didn't wanna spend the time on it anymore. I'm like chuck, Once I do a dye, I DONT want to do it again. It loses it's flavor and originality. I'll do multiple small logos on a guy's disc for em, Like his call sign or something, but I wont do the same elaborate print on a 2nd disc.
So a plotter isn't really needed for me.
Not dissing it or anything. Just saying why I decided to not go ahead and get one. I just didnt wanna spend so much time getting my money back from my investing by doing dye work. Im doing some dye jobs for Glock right now and i've had the discs for about a month and it's comin along pretty slow. But he knew I didn't have much time. I made him pretty aware that it might take a while for me to get to any dye work for him. its coming tho, just at a crawling pace