by Iain Wilson
If you need to get documents printed at all, here's a great article given to us by our friends at George Nicol Graphics (0131 332 0449), on the important things to tell your printer.
Most reliable printers really do want you to be a totally satisfied customer, but to be fair they sometimes get the vaguest of enquiries and still have to give an accurate quote. It can sometimes end up in a disaster. Here are some guide-lines for you to get the best and most accurate quotes.
Make a detailed list of all your requirements e.g:-
Then speak to your current supplier or get someone to recommend a reliable printer to you. Go through this list with the print company asking them for their recommendations for this particular project.
Once you have all this information, make a detailed spec and send this to at least 3 reliable, quality print companies, making sure that each gets exactly the same spec. You will then receive your 3 quotes and it's simple enough to choose the most competitive.
Be sure to check they have specified everything that you asked for.
Also make sure you find out what their turnaround will be, especially if you're after an exceptionally fast delivery.
If you are in any doubt about any of the technical points make sure to clarify these with your printer and discuss the project further.
If you have a tight budget ask them if there are any options for keeping costs down.
Make sure to ask for a high resolution proof to be included in the price so that you can approve an exact copy of your project before it goes to press - don't be talked out of this because of the time factor or that it will cost extra, as it's crucial if you want to avoid a print disaster!comments powered by Disqus