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.
We've (Robinson) ordered from Big Green T's in Lebanon, NH in the past.
Best price as of April 2014 is:
Fliers and Brochures
|5.5" x 8.5" Flier/Rack card - 100# Gloss paper - Full color||500 - $76.53
1000 - $79.47 (@ $0.079)
|8.5" x 11" Tri-fold brochure - 100# Gloss paper - Full color||500 - $115.50
1000 - $124.00 (@ $0.124)
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.
Prices vary based on material, quantity, etc. Some vendors offer better pricing on smaller orders; some offer better pricing the larger the order gets.
|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)
|Medium rectangle stickers (1" X 3" white vinyl outdoor)
|1000 - $240 (@ $0.24)
2500 - $269.84 (@ $0.108)
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- They're pretty universal (not translated, don't go out of date, etc)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