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We often need Vendors to print up shirts, stickers, etc.. for us. This page describes some of the vendors and possible pricing for some of our items.

T-Shirts

We've (Robinson) ordered from Big Green T's in Lebanon, NH in the past.


Pens

Best price as of April 2014 is:

Fliers and Brochures

Description Price/Quantity Vendor Pricecheck Date Notes
5.5" x 8.5" Flier/Rack card - 100# Gloss paper - Full color 500 - $76.53

1000 - $79.47 (@ $0.079)
2500 - $93.79 (@ $0.038)

Ariesprint.com Brochures 2014-05-09
8.5" x 11" Tri-fold brochure - 100# Gloss paper - Full color 500 - $115.50

1000 - $124.00 (@ $0.124)
2500 - $199.00 (@ $0.08)

Ariesprint.com Brochures 2014-05-09

Best price as of April 2014:

  • $68 - Flyer (8.5" x 3.66" cardstock) (1000)
  • $144 - Tri-fold brochure (8.5" x 11") (1000)

For flyers/brochures, the cost difference between 500 and 100 pieces is negligible.

Stickers

Prices vary based on material, quantity, etc. Some vendors offer better pricing on smaller orders; some offer better pricing the larger the order gets.

Description Price/Quantity Vendor Pricecheck Date Notes
Square stickers (1.5" x 1.5" white outdoor) 1000 - $142 Ariesprint.com rolllabels April 2014
Medium rectangle stickers (1" X 4" white vinyl outdoor) 1000 - $253 (@ $0.25)

2500 - $306 (@ $0.12)
5000 - $395 (@ $0.079)

Ariesprint.com rolllabels 2014-05-09
Medium rectangle stickers (1" X 3" white vinyl outdoor)

(slightly smaller)

1000 - $240 (@ $0.24)

2500 - $269.84 (@ $0.108)
5000 - $318.44 (@ $0.064)

Ariesprint.com rolllabels 2014-05-09


Also looked at Sticker Giant -- better deals for much smaller print-runs; no big savings for bigger orders.

As for stickers,

  • They're pretty universal (not translated, don't go out of date, etc)
  • Price breaks might be worth it if we want to print some and share w/Europe, etc.
  • Prices go down to $110-120 per thousand for 2500, and $60-80 per thousand for 5000

Image Prep Tips

I can't think of a single vendor who will happily take SVG files. Some will ask for EPS, some for PDF, and often CMYK-only. Print shops don't seem to be big on open standards and interoperability. If they are, it may cost you $35+ per image.

You might also need crop-marks. Grit your teeth, and get ready to learn some hackish things. Inkscape, GIMP, and Scribus will be your friends here. And a healthy dose of patience.

Read these articles for a primer on how to get your images ready for printing:

Some might accept JPEG as an alternative to PDF (yeah, PNG would be better, but...). Convert to JPEG and set CMYK color profiles at the same time:

 $ convert my-logo.svg -density 400 -colorspace cmyk my-logo_print.jpg