It would seem Epson have seen fit to remove their color life paper from production. To me this is an incredibly bad move for the low end user, as several popular printers depend on that one paper to sustain the highest specification of those printers. The longevity of prints is fairly good with this paper and dye inks.
For sure, the paper is no longer listed in the Canadian Epson web site, and the U.S. web site shows both sizes as out of stock. (...not likely to be stocked again iether).
Does anyone have inside info on this? One person has suggested to me that they may in fact be preparing to re-introduce it under another name. I hope so.
I emailed a question to Epson a couple weeks ago, asking since the Colorlife paper was discontinued, what paper they would recommend in its place to get the longest life (I have a 1280). The response I got was less than satisfactory; they just basically said to contact a sales rep at Epson to discuss my needs.
On the Colorlife paper in particular, I thought I remembered reading something about it (maybe a couple years ago) that there was something about the stuff used in manufacturing it that was very environmentally unfriendly, so they discontinued it. I could be quite wrong on this, however.