To have your printing done locally or to have it done remotely and shipped – that seems to be the question of the day. Naturally there is no right or wrong answer; it’s just a matter of comparing the choices with your unique circumstances in mind. Let’s take a look at a few of the major pros and cons of having printing done out of town and shipped to you…
The Pros Of Printing Online
- You can save significant amounts of money by bidding the project out nationwide (and sometimes even worldwide). Because there are thousands of printing companies across the nation that can handle the exact printing job you need to complete, this means that there is more competition when it comes to offering the best possible price.
- It is possible to select a printing company that specializes or has extensive experience in the exact type of project you are planning to undertake. Sometimes the local printing company just doesn’t have the expertise to tackle your one of a kind project with confidence.
- Having printing projects completed and shipped directly to your doorstep is incredibly convenient. It’s hard to dispute this fact. That said, many locally based printing companies also offer free or low cost local area delivery to their customers too.
The Cons Of Choosing an Online Printing Company
- Shipping costs on large printing orders can be excessively costly. While a small 20 pound box might only cost $15 to ship across the nation by ground, moving a pallet load of printed items changes the equation significantly. And the sky-high cost of international shipping is another story altogether.
- By having printing done by an out of town company and shipped to you, you’ll effectively be skipping over your own local economy. Depending on your community, there may or may not be viable choices for printing in town. It is important to know that some people are really sensitive to this issue.
- Shipping can cause unneeded extra emissions. For those interested in being as green as possible, the verdict is still out on whether or not the efficiency created by major shipping companies outweighs the local pickup and delivery process. Outwardly, it would appear that keeping it local is the greenest thing to do.
- It takes time for the printing to reach its destination. While many local printers can turn a small project around in just a few hours and have the items to you just as quickly, it often takes several days for shipping from an out of town printer. Express shipping is a possibility, but the extra cost involved is considerable.
Still have questions on whether to have printing shipped or done locally? Agreeably, it’s a tough decision to make – especially when price and quality are both within the same range. Remember, price is always a consideration, but if all things are equal, put quality first – your customers will notice.