As a local graphic designer that primarily focuses on print projects, I usually provide printing service quotes to my clients. Recently, I have noticed one question that has been coming up when it comes to printing and pricing quotes – “Why not use an online printer or outsource the printing”? While these types of printers may be adequate at times with limited scope printing projects, I do not recommend online printers or outsourcing printing to my graphic design clients.
Below is an overview of why you may prefer to use a local print shop.
Personalized and Custom Printing Service
When you print online or outsource overseas, it is difficult to speak to a representative about what the best option for your project would be. It is also hard (and costly) to get paper samples, print proofs, and have a full understanding of what will be delivered ahead of time. For some projects, this may not be all that essential, but for a large scale or custom print job, this is a vital step in ensuring your money is well spent.
Print Changes and Printing Consulting Help
Local print companies generally have much more flexibility with artwork and digital files. The truth is online print companies generally have automated processes that batch tons of print jobs together and run on large presses and nowhere down the line is there a set of actual eyes put on a customers particular job. This is by all accounts terrible, since there is no color control, color matching or really any care behind the product. Local print shops really believe in what they do and usually have the right equipment to support the needs of their local market. Usually in local markets there are expert printing shops filling different print niches. Online might save print consumers a little money today but in the long run establishing a solid relationship with a local print business will save lots of money and enhance brand continuity because they pay attention to what each piece is supposed to look like and know that it should match the previous printing.
Security, Quality and Trust
Most local print shops accept payments in increments or after the project has been delivered. This establishes a higher level of trust. The printer does not get paid until the project is right. If you receive the project, and it isn’t what you wanted, you don’t have to accept it and can request a rerun of the project at no cost (given that the printer was in error). If you never receive the final product, the printer does not get paid in full.
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