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To DIY print or not?

Discussion in 'Digital Image Editing & Printing' started by Halo, May 15, 2020.

  1. Halo

    Halo New Member

    Dear all, my confused head needs some clarification. I haven't printed before but looking to expand into this, in mind of selling greetings/occasion cards, prints in the future. So, I don't do anything at the moment and it will be a slow-burner which I read has its own issues with regards lack of printer use. I have been looking at the Canon pixma ip8750, pixma pro100S and Epson Expression XP-15000. However, is this all made redundant by the fact that a printer is simply unnecessary for me at the moment what with the cost of running vs. little use currently? So, is it best to go external with companies such as Loxley in the early days? Any guidance is simply invaluable and thanks for your patience.
  2. spinno

    spinno Well-Known Member

    Initially yes, go external otherwise any of your profit (if doing printing/selling for profit) will be eaten up by the cost of printing and particularly ink.
  3. RogerMac

    RogerMac Well-Known Member

    Of course I have no idea what niche you will eventually find but if you want to sell greetings etc cards you will want significant print runs and it would be mad to try to do those in house. Much better to pass those out to a specialist printer and do the creative stuff yourself.
  4. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    Hello and welcome. If you want to print in order to sell then you need to do the arithmetic on costs. Generally spoken it is a high volume low margin business. Printing costs only start to come down on a unit basis if you run large format printers and churn out many thousands of copies at greeting card size and hundreds at A4 print size. DIY printing is generally done for enjoyment, not profit. It gets cost-effective if you are making big prints but for banging out 6x4s you can’t compete on price with an industrial set-up.

    You are correct that printers are best used often, else they just use the ink cleaning themselves. I’ve no idea of the design duty of the printers you name. I doubt they are intended for continuous use, unlike large format printers.
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  5. Halo

    Halo New Member

    Thanks to all. Massively appreciated. If I may tap into your knowledge again, Loxley seem to offer a wide range of services including gift cards, do any others come to mind?
  6. PeteRob

    PeteRob Well-Known Member

    No sorry. I print my own. It is absolutely ages since AP ran a review of print companies. In film days it was an annual thing to do.

    There used to be several adverts in AP, and they've been running advertorials with one print company. However, I forget which (advertorials obviously not working). I'll try to remember to look in the back pages when this week's AP comes through the door.
  7. Davidbrighton

    Davidbrighton New Member

    i was in a similar situation and needed stuff recently but the my printers were closed. I got a Canon mega tank printer after getting advice from the their live chat service, http://imaging.chatt. Well worth a go

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