Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Sites for promotional items

List of online printing services

Marketing items for authors and other vendors 
Do you have a favorite printer or a story to share about printed materials for your business?

I checked the cost of 250 bookmarks at the following sites (some other prices will apply, such as shipping or other coating, etc). Most prices fell around $40 plus shipping, except for GotPrint. I didn’t get an actual quote from VistaPrint, but I know they have lots of sales and specials. I got quotes on the most basic product, usually, and basic service. – This company had the best basic deal, but minimum order is 500

DIY: Avery sells postcard-sized sheets to print on and then divide. Also sells tear-off tickets that could work well as bookmarks.

UV Coating: For 14pt. Gloss Coated Cover, UV Coating will be applied to the color sides, unless No UV Coating on Back is selected. If you select Color Front/No Back or Color Front/B&W Back, only the color side (front) will be coated.
File Format: We accept the following file formats: .TIF, .TIFF, .EPS, .AI, .PSD, .JPG, .PNG & .PDF.
Upload Manual Proof: 24 Hours (excluding Holidays)
After we receive your uploaded file(s), we will review each file. If we find any problems with your files, we'll contact you, otherwise you'll receive a link to your PROOF to review within 24 hours. Please use our templates to build your files correctly. Important: Prices include processing one set of uploaded files and creating a single proof.

Product Options

Price:   $23.52 ($0.11 each)
This product may have additional options that can affect the price. Visit the order page for complete pricing.

Instant Pricing
$40.00 ($0.16 each)
Standard Options
Paper Type(?)
Turnaround(?) (Production days)

Finishing Options
Front Finish(?)
Back Finish(?)
Hole Drilling(?)
Hole Drilling Location(?)
Shrink Wrapping(?)
  sets of:  
Rounded Corners(?)
The site says “starting at $15” and has several templates, but does not indicate size of product, nor would let me price them without going through the set-up process and creating a log-in.
Full Color, 14 pt. card stock.
Your choice of UV Gloss coating (cannot be written on)
or Aqueous coating (a fine sheen, can be written on)
View samples below.
(Minimum order on double-sided Aqueous coating is 1000)
Standard Bookmark Sizes and Prices
250 Standard 2 x 6-inch size, $72 ($0.29 each)
(Plus $50 design fee and any other fees, which bumps the cost to $0 .48 each)

Other sizes available  
company has lots of promo items
several themes to personalize, or design your own:
Bookmarks: 10 - $7.49
20 – 14.98
60 - $39.90
100 – 58.99 ($0.59 each)

Very similar to

·         Size                         
·         Quantity?
·         Colors?
·         Paper?
·         Hole Placement?
·         Hole Drilling?
Rounded Corners?
Regular Price: $ 40.18 
only $ 0.16 each
Digital Lizard

Someone mentioned this company, but I found it difficult to log in; the pages take forever to load. One-sided 2x8 on 100# paper was $38.81, plus shipping. Upload your own pdf artwork at 300 dpi.

250 Bookmarks - $16.35Select Options:
  • Single-Sided
  • Double-Sided
Add envelopes
  • Square
  • Rounded ($2.00 per 100 cards)
Front UV Coating
  • No Gloss UV
  • Full UV (free)
  • Spot UV (free)
Back UV Coating
  • No Gloss UV
  • Full UV (free)
  • Spot UV (free)
Final delivery options available in the shopping cart will depend on all the products added. International shipping options also available in the shopping cart.

Price Discount Applied:  Sale Pricing Today. VIPs log-in

Product Subtotal:  regular: $17.95  |  sale price: $16.35


$16.35 Plus shipping
Price is estimated based on a single product.
Additional discounts may apply in the shopping cart.

NOTE: and do not do bookmarks

Configure & Price: 250 2 x 6 inches, front side printing only, 6 business days turnaround, $36.19


You’ll want a lot: minimum order is 500 for $58, at $0.12 cents, for basic 2 by 7 inches, double-sided (standard)

Finishing Services extra

minimum order: 1,000

2x6 inches, basic everything, $49

48 Hour Print

Price includes (4/4) full color both sides
Finished Size: 2 x 6
Printed on digital press
Printed on 14pt Cover Stock (10% PCW)
When Will I Get My Bookmark?
500 to 5,000 Bookmark: Ships or ready for pick up in 2 business days from proof approval.
Under 500 Bookmark (printed digitally): Ships or ready for pick up in 1 business day from proof approval; rounded corners or UV coating require 1 additional day.
Over 5,000 Bookmark: Ships or ready for pick up in 5 business days from proof approval.
BASE COST: $48, or about $0.19 each

250 2x8 inches, 14 pnt gloss coated with UV, one sided
Standard business turn-around 3-5 days  $41.48
Price: $41.5

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  1. Wow! Great information! I just ordered a bunch o' stuff from Vista and am generally happy with them. I didn't try to do a book mark, though.

  2. I was sort of surprised at how many places there are.