Something I’ve observed from years of working in print is that people often leave asking for a print quote to the very last minute and as a result, they typically need the quote and then the actual print work produced very quickly. All just human nature I think.
Thinking this through, it probably comes down to the fact that many people don’t naturally know how to request a quote in a manner that will achieve the best print pricing for them.
Tips on how to ask for a print quote
But if you need to get a print quote quickly how can you help to speed the process up?
- Be as clear as possible about what you’re actually asking for.
Overly vague print quote requests tend to produce inaccurate or even misleading estimates. So try to narrow down your quote request criteria in advance by considering the following:
- How many do you need?
An important element of the price of your printing will be the quantity. Always ask for a base number, but then ask for a couple of run-on numbers too. TIP: Run-ons in printing are often inexpensive.
- Which type of stock do you require?
Stock or paper is critical to the pricing of your work. If you’re producing a brochure consider whether the cover will be on a different material to the inside. If it’s a leaflet then do you want it to be on a gloss or matt paper. TIP: People often think that glossy paper is expensive. In reality it’s no more pricey than most other papers.
- Who will design your printing?
Good design is usually the difference between an impressive looking printed item and something that comes across as amateur. So don’t skimp on the design work! Knowing whether you’re providing finished artwork or asking someone else to do the design for you will be crucial to the eventual outcome.
The quickest way to ask for an accurate quote is to use a print quote form which leads you through the various questions that need to be answered in order to provide a print estimate. Good printing companies will provide such a form on their website and it’s definitely well worthwhile taking advantage because the person who then produces your printing quote will know that they have all the information required to produce it quickly for you.
Do you need a nearby or London printers
Of course, there are many other factors to take into account when you request a print quote. If proximity matters, perhaps to assist you with print delivery speed or even to provide you with the ability to go and view a proof or the first print-run of your work being produced, then you might want to select a printing company who are nearby.
Here’s our Print Quote Request Form which asks all the relevant questions very quickly. You can visit our print quote request form here.
Request a print quote. Fast!
Sometimes you might not have the time wade through a lengthy form to get a print quote. Whilst some printers seem to insist on you being the expert before they’ll even talk to you, a good design and print company will make this part easy. A short form can allow you to get a printing quote faster.
We provide such a short quote form on our website. This allows you to contact us and we’ll follow that up by simply getting back in touch. That way we can discuss your print quote request, over the phone, via email or even in person.
You’ll find the quick contact form to the right of this post.
Dan Jacobs is the Sales Director at PrintHouse Corporation. With over 30 years experience Dan can provide you with an expert print quote for your next design or print project. Use our print quote request form here.
Dan updates his Linkedin most days and is well worth following if you’re considering asking for a printing quote anytime soon. If you’re looking for a print quote in London then great, but PrintHouse also prints for national and many international companies too.