You'll have to take my word for it that this image looks amazingly good as a print because your eyes can feast for hours on the wealth of image detail, tone, and texture. You just don't get that from a computer monitor. You can get it from a decent online print lab though, and it will cost you a hell of a lot less per print than an inkjet.
It's fair to say that I learned how to be a good printer before I learned how to be a good photographer. This was decades before digital, so that meant mixing chemicals, standing in a dimly lit room for hours at a time, dodging and burning prints by hand, then washing, drying, and spotting them a few at a time. I loved all of it. If I still had a darkroom would still be doing it.
But I don't have a darkroom anymore and because we're all well into the digital age, it stands to reason that I shoud have switched over to making prints with a inkjet printer; and in fact I did--for a while. By the time I got over the learning curve and was making great prints with relative ease, however, I quickly began to notice that my inkjet printer was amazingly fussy and unreliable, and that the cost of ink cartridges and paper was absurdly high.
The combination of these two factors quickly soured me on inkjet printing. It was like a classic Catch 22: I had to use the printer often to keep the head from clogging, which meant I was constantly replacing expensive, low-capacity ink cartridges, yet if I didn't make enough prints, the heads would clog, which meant I'd have to do cleaning cycles, which meant I was still constantly replacing expensive, low-capacity ink cartridges. For me and most people who use inkjet printers, the cost of the ink can exceed the cost of the printer in well under a year--and these are not just $99.95 printers we're talking about folks, these are printers that sell for $500 and more. As for the paper, a box of reasonable quality, medium-weight inkjet paper costs as much or more than photographic paper coated with silver. Go figure.
Use third-party cartridges or inks, you say? Then you're dealing with the problems of unpredictable results, uncertain print longevity, and lack of printer manufacturer support if anything goes wrong. Continuous ink systems that feed ink to the printer from bottles attached to tubes can be a worthwhile investment for large-volume printers but an expensive and wasteful proposition for those who aren't. (See head clogging from infrequent use complaint above.)
That's why I have my prints made by an online lab. It's a lot less expensive and the quality is just as good, if not better. Better yet, there's not need to maintain a fussy machine. The main drawbacks are that I have to pay for shipping and wait for the prints to arrive. That's a tradeoff I don't mind making. Is it as satisfying as doing it myself, in my own home and my own time? Honestly, no--but it's a lot less painful, at least to me, than flushing money down the toilet with an inket printer.
Am I missing something here? Is there anyone out there, with the exception of those of you who have customers who pay you for your prints and thereby negate the cost, who think it's a good idea to own an inkjet? If so, enlighten me. I'd really like to know.