A&P Online Printing services

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  1. TurkeyChicken

    TurkeyChicken New Member

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    Does anyone know of any good online printing services? I'm looking for a company to do all the printing and shipping for IndePrinted.com.

    The only one I've been looking at so far is www.whcc.com. They seem to offer pretty good rates and stuff, but it never hurts to have a few alternatives to compare with.
     
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    WHCC
    Millers/MPIX

    there are others, and your local costco is a decent option too, but I'd stick to them. WHCC has a ROES system that should work pretty well for that, and they're pretty much the best around.
     
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    yeah, and their prices aren't too bad. I'll probably just go with them when it starts up. if the website seems to take off I plan on bringing it all in-house and buying an Epson 7800 and a 4800 or two and start doing that full time
     
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    :cool:

    If you are pretty much doing the same media, the new Canon ipf5000 is a bit cheeper on ink :hsd:, though the epson's aren't that bad unless you are switching blacks.

    But theres new versions of the Epson's coming out with dual blacks :o
    4880, 7880 and 9880
     
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    I heard about the new Epsons but couldn't find any info about them.

    link? :o

    //edit: actually, I couldn't find it on the epson website, but just typed 'epson 7880' into google and found a few sites trying to sell it already :o
     
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    I heard a nasty rumor from a reliable source that epson wasn't doing the dual blacks with anything other than the 11880....

    Please tell me this is bad info...

    I've yet to see anything official.
     
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    http://www.luminous-landscape.com/reviews/printers/epson-facelift.shtml
    hmmmm, I heard they did have dual blacks, so now I :dunno:
    If they don't, I'd grab a good condition used 4800/7800 for probably half price when someone upgrades :hs:
     
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    seems to be, for now. I'm guessing they'll have a new line next year as these are hardly "new" :hs:
     
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    yeah, I use the 4800 and 9800 now, but I really wanted to get into printing matte paper and canvas...

    It's really not worth swapping just to print one roll here and there...

    ah well.
     
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    get a used 4000 for matte :hs:
     
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    Yeah, we have a couple of those too, already setup for matte...

    Ya know, I really don't have anything to complain about.

    I'll shut up now.
     
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    I did a little over $15k in business with whcc last year, zero mistakes. Printing your own prints is a waste of time and money if you're going to be doing anything other than hobby/personal stuff...let alone quality/credibility with your customers not wanting ink jet prints.
     
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    stupid questions, since I don't know anything about them, and am not in a production printing business...

    How do they print?

    What's wrong with inkjets?
     
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    My question is (and i sent them a message asking this... still waiting on a response) if I do turn them into my printing and shipping house, is it possible to have them print, say, 4 prints for Joe Bob in Louisiana and 2 prints for Sally Jane in North Carolina, etc and have them all get charged to our account?

    I couldn't really find anything about that in their FAQ
     
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    that and owning the printers are a maintenance nightmare, we lease printers at work the things arent old at all and they still go down probably once a week or so
     
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    :hsugh:

    you obviously haven't seen a good print off a pro ink jet printer then. I do comparisons all the time and customers usually prefer the ink jet from my own home, and anything 8x10 or larger is FAR FAR cheeper in house ;)

    but WHCC is great and home printing is definetly not for everyone.
     
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    Yes that is of course possible, I do it all the time for clients. You will just need to place each order separately with separate drop ship addresses. All billing will go on the card you set up with them and the customers will receive nothing but a packing slip. You'll receive a copy of the charges in the mail (in addition to the online receipts) a week or so later for your records. Two day shipping is included in all pricing but there is a drop ship charge per order regardless of how many prints going to that address. I charge a flat $10 for shipping to customers and it covers the two day shipping and drop ship charges (most of the time about $8).
     
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    I have seen them, I have produced them owning quite a few high end ink jet printers. But the setup times and costs let alone production time involved in doing what this guy wants to do it just makes NO sense to not use a lab. Not to mention he is a programmer/designer, not a photographer/digital print specialist. Any difference in cost he can easily move to the customers, the prices at whcc are VERY competitive as far as any retail printing is concerned...considering I sell 30x40's for over 7x their cost all day long.
     
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    What he said, all billing is billed to you not the customer. You could easily setup a php script at the customers time of order to upload the file to the whcc ftp site, and auto populate the order form including the drop ship info and be completely done with it. To take it a step further once the package is packed up and ready to ship its assigned a UPS tracking number on the order history section of the website, I'm sure you could write something to pull that based on the order number and email the client the tracking info.

    white house has seriously been flawless for me, over thousands of orders, great speed and awesome customer support. I've been through quite a few labs, I'm sticking with this one till they go down in flames.
     
  21. mojito

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    where did I tell him to do it? ;) oh wait I didn't, I reccommended whcc :uh:

    and thats not the point, you based ink jets in many areas. You can pay 15-20 shipped for a 16x24, or less than 4 on my printer and have it done immeditaly. Quality is the same, and you get mroe paper choices.

    I've already said its not for anyone, but it can be cheaper, faster and just as reliable.

    you can sell a print for whatever you want, but the less it costs you upfront, the mroe profit you make ;)

    anything less than 8x10 I send out, its not worth my time cutting then.
     

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