Random Questions: I need a print firm


stoney
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17702 posts since 22/1/05

16 Mar 2009 18:29
Need some printing doing, low volume

200 headed letter paper
150 business cards
100 compliments slips

all designs done, 2 colours

any fuk'ers in this game want to deal ?
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

17 Mar 2009 22:56
Anyone used Vista Print before? www.vistaprint.co.uk

Seems cheap and Im guessing the quality wont be up to much?

From a local printers Ive been quoted £60 for 300 business cards Digitally printed on digiboard… seems pricey no?

Who does eveyone else pay and how much should I expect to pay for around 300 business cards?

Cheers
jet
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5758 posts since 20/6/01

17 Mar 2009 23:57
pm mr x

two spot colour for such a low run will work out very expensive per unit.

phil - price seems okay but ask for a sample first and check it includes VAT. pm who the printer is if you like, if it's not one of ours i could get a quick second quote for you.



PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

18 Mar 2009 00:09
Cheers Jet, its this place:

http://www.printcentre.biz/PC_Offers.html

Just checked again and it was actually £59 for 500 but think theres VAT as well. Guy in there seemed like a top bloke when I last went down so he may sort me out a decent deal.
andymakesglasses
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20521 posts since 26/1/06

18 Mar 2009 00:13
I've used RCS several times for business cards and can't fault the quality - often get comments about my cards

http://www.rcs.plc.uk/tables/bc2009.asp
Mr X
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7053 posts since 12/7/07

18 Mar 2009 08:20
Dear Stonefish,

/tips his business hat

2-spot colours litho printed will look decent and your headed paper will be laser (printer) guaranteed. For that option to be viable you need to order a quantity of at least 500 of everything and it will be relatively pricey.

The much cheaper option is digital printing ie. through a glorified copier with a built-on rip. The quality on digital machines isn't bad as long as you avoid dark graduaded fills and solid colour on business cards. It's alright, depending on what you want but solid colour tends to chip on the edges of business cards and they get tatty quick.

Full colour (CMYK) is the same as spot colour on a digital machine as you only have the option of colour or black. Pantone #s are made up of the CMYK or RGB colour spectrum.

At my place we do the lot, full colour litho, spot colour litho and digital.

Our standard business cards are printed on 350gsm smooth white ivory board.

Have you had what you need done yet? I could produce all your jobs for £80 delivered special GJ price, if you want to pay me privately on paypal to avoid VAT you can as you might not be VAT registered yet. Turnaround 1-2 days, so by the weekend.

Send me your artwork…

Regards,

Mr X
stoney
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17702 posts since 22/1/05

18 Mar 2009 08:38
Think ive got it sorted now mate, got quoted from 3 local places (2 reccomended) prices varied quite a bit one was £140 which i thought was a bit steep. Someone i know put me in touch with someone else mwho will do at £85 (i guess there is vat on top) which seems like a good deal. Only problem is he wanted me to increase the colour round the edge of the design to help with bleed or something. I cant do this as i used a logo designb firm and cant make chganges to the finalised logos. Ive left him with it to see if he cant sort. If not ill give you a shout, chhers for the help.
CovOne
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8652 posts since 17/8/04

18 Mar 2009 09:52
Vista print is alright you get what you pay for, i got 500 gloss finished single sided business cards with my own logo etc on done for £19 delivered so i can't argue with that, definitely an option if you don't want to shell out on the stationery first time round
andymakesglasses
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20521 posts since 26/1/06

18 Mar 2009 10:04
jet wrote: i wish you'd 'talk shop' more often mr x

jet
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5758 posts since 20/6/01

18 Mar 2009 11:02
that's a great offer from mr x, imo. printers than know what they're doing are worth their weight in gold.
PHiL
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8745 posts since 31/8/03

18 Mar 2009 11:09
In my design I will not be able to have any bleed as the Design has a semi circle at the top on each side and the edges of this circle must meet at the end and be the same on each side. Will this cause problems?
MB
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4353 posts since 27/9/05

18 Mar 2009 11:26
can still get it to bleed dude check pms….
San
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10493 posts since 14/11/05

1 Apr 2009 20:45
Can fukers scan up their business cards onto here?
Think i need to create one and would like to check what designs are being used
stoney
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17702 posts since 22/1/05

1 Apr 2009 20:50
i used a firm called 35pound logo, the provided me with letterhead, business card and compliments slip designs, if you pm you your email, ill send you copy
frosty jack
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106 posts since 24/9/06

28 Apr 2009 18:47
Having trouble with business cards, can anyone advise?

Printing 6,000 cards, strong purple colour, white text with a fold left of centre.

Started out with coated paper which gives a stronger colour match than uncoated but that produced white cracking down the fold so I sent them back. We were advised to have them matt laminated to eliminate the cracking, but now half the cards have a bubbling effect where the laminate is not flush. Going to send them back again because they are poor quality.

Any ideas?
Mr X
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7053 posts since 12/7/07

28 Apr 2009 19:09
Maybe the oil based ink is reacting badly with the laminate. This is highly unlikely. The printer might need to use alternative ink. I see you've gone for a folded card, if its coated 350gsm then possibly go for a thinner stock as that could also be a problem. If the laminate isn't sticking because of those reasons then it's because the laminate wasn't hot enough. For thin laminates the temprature should be around 130 degrees.

You might need to find a different printer though as they should probably have warned you about cracking occuring on a solid with a fold prior to you ordering.
frosty jack
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106 posts since 24/9/06

28 Apr 2009 19:15
I agree, definitely should have warned us and then even disputed me sending them back - they are not going to be happy when I send the new batch back! Do lots of other stuff with them and never had major problems but this incident has put me off.

X - What's your company called?
Mr X
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7053 posts since 12/7/07

28 Apr 2009 19:56
I've rather not say on here.

I don't think I'll be there too long, maybe a month! It's very stressful and there's no money in printing unless you print it yourself and you can easily. Holograms are no problem and if you have an industrial fuser you could be loaded.

…the hard part is obtaining the special paper made from cotton stored in a vault by the Bank of England.
SOS
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6483 posts since 12/10/04

28 Apr 2009 20:23
where are you based x?

San this is mine..


I had gloss lam on the art side, and matt lam on the details.