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I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions as to a quality online business that prints affordable flyers and posters and ships them promptly?
Vistaprint is always a reliable source for any printing you may want to have done. I use them for business cards regularly and have never had any issues with them. I have, however, purchased flyers through a company called NextDayFlyers, and I was impressed with their service. If I recall correctly, I ordered through them because their flyers were cheaper than Vistaprint's, at least at the time I was needing them.
I made an order of 500 flyers through NextDayFlyers and paid just over $65 for them. I received the order in under a week. I placed the order on a Friday and had them by the next Thursday. I would assume they offer faster printing and shipping for an increased cost if you need them faster.
I hope that helps you!
I think you may have mentioned Vistaprint to me before in terms of printing business cards, or am I mistaken? I will check out NextDayFLyers too. I will be doing some readings soon, so I need to make a few posters to put in bookstores and other venues to advertise my events. This does help me, and I appreciate it a lot. Helping each other out like this is what these forums are all about.
Yes, I believe I have mentioned Vistaprint to you before. They're really a great business, and I always order my business cards through them.
I'm not sure what size of flyers you're looking for, but the ones I ordered through NextDayFlyers were relatively small, which is why my total was pretty cheap. In case you need it, the dimensions on the flyers I ordered were 4.25"x5.5".
I have a printshop before and I still have all the equipment needed for designing and printing any kind of printables like Business Cards, Flyers, Banners and even Shirts and Mugs. So whenever I need anything printed, I just print it myself. I used to run it with my brother but he got employed full-time so we had to stop years ago.
Unfortunately, I don't know of any businesses that are really good for printing out flyers and posters. But I'm sure if you do a quick google search, you will find several companies that can do this for you. I'm sure if you look out for discount codes online as well, you will be able to get them for a pretty good price. If it's not for a serious event, why don't you use Microsoft Word or Publisher to design some and print them yourself? I'm sure it will be cheaper.
LOL, there are topnotch designs that you will need, and you will discover that MSWord and CO are sh*t, there are sleek designs that can't be done with those soft wares.
And for a professional design you need the touch of a professional, so it's not what an average MSword ninja can wrap around most times.
Which is why I specified if he wasn't looking at creating these flyers and posters for a serious event, then he could use something like Microsoft Word or Publisher. I know that they are both absolute crap. I think most people will know that it is crap to be fair. But if it's for something simple like a yard sale then why waste money?
I'm just thinking out loud here but wouldn't it be way cheaper if you simply ordered them from somewhere locally? You have to have a printing business in an area very near you. If you order online or across the ocean, you will have shipping costs and fees included. Whenever I needed flyers I always looked up the local businesses first before even considering the online ones
You can check out sites like Printingforless or UPriting if you still prefer the online option!
Same with me whenever the firm that I work with directs me to get business flyers for the firm. It's always cheaper buying at local businesses instead of doing it online.
I think this is by far the best option either. Usually, when you order online, you have to pay for the job, but also for shipping, and sometimes shipping companies aren't as careful as you think, so they can cause big damage on what you order, or as they did to me, they got it lost. And if you want to avoid that, then you will have to pay extra fee for insurance, so that involves extra money. Honestly, check online for a local business, that is safer and pretty sure more affordable.
Staples, Vistaprint, Fedex-Kinkos is another good one to use. I use Kinkos to print out my screenplays and scripts after I'm done with the final drafts.
I like Kinkos and Staples--I have always been happy with the quality of their prints and also the speed at which they get them done. however, you really need to get your order in as soon as possible, that's for sure. Plus, this time of year, the Holiday Season, is particularly crazy for these chain stores, and you have to be conscious of their volume and limitations when approaching them. You can get cheap business cards 500 of them for $10, roughly, at VistaPrint, and they are of really good quality, if you are interested in that. I have not printed any big posters or flyers lately though through any services, so prices may have gone up since I have used Staples or Kinkos.
If I may, I can suggest you to go on chilliprinting.com. They offer a lot of different graphic design tools, that you can download, and you can do all your flyers, posters, and cards, at home. They also have editing tools, and you can choose whatever you need by clicking on tags they already have, so you will go straight to the right tool. I also can recommend Moo or elitegraphics, but they don't have the different options you can choose from.
Normally most printing and supply chains raise their prices based on what in store has changed. For example, new options to add to your final delivery such as colors, designs, etc.
Definitely, local printing businesses are also ubiquitous (particularly where I'm from) and very cheap, and you can see the quality immediately compared to online printing services.
Where I live, we used to have amazing local printing businesses, great quality and affordable/competitive prices, they were also everywhere, so you had a lot of places and items to choose from. But, with the financial/economical crisis my country is immersed now, all those places are disappearing or became super expensive. So, that's why using an online service is the best option right now, at least for me.
Sorry to hear that, but yeah, I guess it still depends on the availability of resources you have, and if you can find a reliable online printing service, then it's certainly a great option.
So far, online services have become my greatest allies, in fact, freelancing is helping a lot through this terrible crisis. So you can see almost everybody doing online jobs, online delivers, online printing, online writing, and so on. Right now, I would like to expand my online freelance field, where I can get extra or better earning, so any recommendation will be really appreciated.
Sounds like a great idea. You always want to be a freelancer of many talents, and who wears many different hats.