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Old 03-29-05, 02:21 PM   #1
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Question BEST PLACE/PRICE FOR POSTCARDS

am about to get some postcards made for two shows. i want the standard color front & b/w print on the back.

don't like the place i've had them done in the past - as they are wicked expensive... and, never get them correct the first time. (kinkos online)

suggestions for cheap places that do good work?
or, decent priced places that do good work even...

pref. in the bay area - but, don't mind shipping out work for a deal.

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Old 03-29-05, 03:39 PM   #2
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Old 03-29-05, 05:09 PM   #3
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http://www.stellarconcepts.com/

I've used them. Next time I won't get the cards coated, they were so slick, I had to use a sharpie to write on them. Otherwise good.

here is their March special
http://www.stellarconcepts.com/emails/march/march.html

10,000 5x7 full color both sides, 12pt UV
$540

I've gotten smaller cards, full color both sides for about half that.

I found them on Ebay.
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the sfic uses psprint... they seem really expensive.
hm.
i'll give them a looksie.
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Old 03-29-05, 05:43 PM   #5
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I just got 1000 postcards from psprint.com for about $140 including shipping. I was actually amazed at how fast they did the job. I ordered them on a Friday and had confirmation that they had shipped on the following Tuesday. (And I didn't pay extra for the 3 day service. I expected the 10 day service.)

The thing is, I'm not completely happy with the print quality. I sent them a high-res file exactly to their specs but the cards look pretty grainy when you really inspect them. At arm's length (and in the 3 seconds anyone really looks at a post card) they're fine, but I've had much better quality from Modern Postcard. I have a feeling psprint uses a different printing technique than MP.

Years ago Modern Postcard had a deal... $99 for 500 cards. Now they're more expensive and I decided to go with the best deal I could find. Psprint was it... but you get what yo pay for.

For a short run of hand-outs or general mailers, I think you'll be fine with psprint.

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the sf improv co-op just did a run of about the same # of postcards & it cost over $200. i don't think they did the 3day service, either... and, also they had a problem with the print quality.

i guess i could check out psprint - but, i'm pretty cash low at the moment and don't want to have to re-order the postcards because they look like poo.

i want to run about 500 for each show & then do a larger run for each when it gets closer to opening... (july for the first show & august for the second show... )

thanks for the advice.

anyone else?
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http://48hourprint.com/pricing_postcards.html

full color, both sides, great quality, and quick, about 135 for 1000, or 115 for 500.

Who does really good black and white 8x10s, short run?
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national photo in chicago.
http://www.nationalphoto.com

i've used them for headshots since i was 11yrs old. they charge $80/100 shots... good quality work... for an extra $20 you can get next day service.

good quality, good price & it's a mom/pop place, too.

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www.modernpostcard.com

www.abcpictures.com

Great products & service from both!
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www.copycraft.com

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Old 03-29-05, 10:52 PM   #11
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a performer sent me his press kit done by psprint and mentioned how inexpensive the job was. The quality was TERRIBLE. Flimsy paper, washed out colors, bleeding colors, etc. I wasn't impressed.
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I just got some ps print stuff. It is really inconsistent. I always use them. It's fast and painless to deal with, and as Jim said, no one will notice the quality.

If you have to have good print stuff, my designer friends say http://www.4by6.com
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Old 03-30-05, 10:19 AM   #13
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Default post card printing in S.F>

Here are two choices for good quality printing in the bay area.

Nomad Printing...They are primarily for theatre card printing, which may be what you are looking for. 10,000 for somewhere around 500$ (this may have been a special deal for the project I did, they price jobs based on each project)

Rocket postcard which is a subsidiary of them does the shorter run and has a standard price guide.

I used PsPrint for a long time and will not use them for more than business cards anymore as the print job quality has gone way down since they sold the company about a year ago.
I even had business cards printed that had to be done twice and they still were not right.

www.Rocketpostcard.com
www.NomadPrinting.com
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Old 03-30-05, 01:16 PM   #14
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thanks all -- just so happens I need new postcards this week.

Does anyone sell their post cards after shows? It seems like a good item; cheap but sharp looking. And its instant promo.

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Old 03-30-05, 01:43 PM   #15
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I do not sell them after a show, I give them out as handouts. When I am doing street shows I really push that everyone who puts something in the hat gets a free photo of the show.r promotion.

I have the finale trick as the image on the card and promote show information and website on the back.
I leave a bit more space on the bottom of the card to also sign autographs for those who want it.
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I had my headshots reproduced by Grand Prints

They do lithographs, but the quality was good, the price low, and the people very pleasant and went out of their way to please.

I plan to get some postcards soon and will probably go thru them.
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Smile Re: post card printing in S.F>

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Here are two choices for good quality printing in the bay area.

Nomad Printing...They are primarily for theatre card printing, which may be what you are looking for. 10,000 for somewhere around 500$ (this may have been a special deal for the project I did, they price jobs based on each project)

Rocket postcard which is a subsidiary of them does the shorter run and has a standard price guide.

thanks greg... i don't know that i want 10, 000 - but, maybe. i wonder if they could split an order... *wheels spin in head*
i'll check them out.
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I just got some ps print stuff. It is really inconsistent. I always use them. It's fast and painless to deal with, and as Jim said, no one will notice the quality.
i guess... that no one will notice the quality... the sfic uses them, too... i don't know. something about paying a bunch of $ for a crappy product rubs me the wrong way... they really screwed up a batch of postcards for us not too long ago... and, i'd rather pay that same amount to someone who will get it how i want it the first time...

but, in all reality i'll more than likely use them.
hm.
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Depends what you need them for. Here is a link.http://www.superstarperformers.com/
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most gracious thanks to all those who've contributed to this thread... i am now off to surf websites and buy postcards!

and, awaaay she goes!
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