Paper Buying Checklist
Paper buying can be a cost-effective endeavor by keeping a few issues at the forefront of every purchase. The following is a list of helpful hints for saving money.
By eliminating eight- to one quarter-inch from each sheet, trim waste is reduced, which is especially effective for large print jobs. Cuts on smaller runs can also save on distribution costs.
For coated stocks, lighter paper can mean a reduction in print and distribution cost, but not necessarily quality. It's also important to consider freesheet vs. groundwood percentage for cost and longevity.
Usually the difference between grades is subtle, therefore selecting a grade with, for instance, 25 percent less cotton, reduces cost without sacrificing ink hold-out.
Custom requests become costly ones for special print jobs, but by using standard paper sizes, additional fees can be eliminated. There may also be a good match sheet available that can lower overall cost and weight slightly without a noticeable difference.
Design bleeds can be expensive because they require larger sheets that produce more trim waste. By reconfiguring it, waste can be reduced.
Home Field Advantage
House sheets are readily available from most printers at reduced cost since they're purchased in bulk. Smaller print jobs are usually cheaper when using house sheets since buying in bulk from the customer end could mean creating a paper surplus.
For Sale's Sake
Like most retailers, paper vendors offer discounts, that's why it's important to ask about price breaks on quantity and bulk deals.
Paper savings can be applied throughout the production process by using lower quality sheets for proofing, as well as storing paper properly and maintaining equipment so as to avoid costly mistakes.