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  • What would $8,000 get me?

    I am looking for a printing solution under $8,000 that will allow me to print a full color tri fold newsletter and for as cheap as possible. Can anyone make a recommendation? I need the solution to keep the "per piece" cost below $.08 per piece. We'll be printing 15,000 per month at first and then upwards of 60,000 per month within 4-6 months.

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    Find a local printer. Make a deal based on continuing work volume. You won't get anything for 8k that will keep your per piece below .08. An inline digital printer with folder is going to cost you 3 to 4 times that amount.

    Though I gotta tell you, if I had a dollar for the number of times I've been told, ''I'll give you this little $ job now with the promise of thousands $$$ more later,'' I'd be retired right now.

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    • #3
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      • #4
        That's not exactly large quantities. I used to work at a printing company and our printer cost much more than $8K but printed up to 100 per minute (6000 per hour). If you only need 15000 to 60000 per month, that's a huge amount of downtime for your printer. Your printer would be sitting idle most of the time. You're better off getting this professionally printed (folded and trimmed).
        It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh

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        • #5
          This is an either or decision for me. Either I purchase an option to keep the expense low or I don't introduce this to my business. I must keep the cost per piece at the absolute most $.10 per piece. Anything above that would not work what I'm trying to do.

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          • #6
            You are remembering you have to pay someone to run that machine too, right? And someone that can color correct whatever it is you are printing. And consumables. And maintenance contracts. The trick to low per piece cost is volume. If you haven't got it, it isn't worth it.

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            • #7
              looks like I'll need to invest more and purchase an established printing company

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              • Buda
                Buda commented
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                I wouldn't recommend purchasing a printing company if your requirements are 60,000 a month. I'm curious what you do exactly? Are you a graphic designer hoping to offer printing services? If so, it would make more sense to be a print broker on the side, not a printing company on the side.

            • #8
              Have you looked into any leasing options of a digital printer?

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