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    Re: Low cost printing

    Quote Originally Posted by STM View Post
    I have all of my client printing done through Nations Photo Lab. They do an excellent job and are very reasonable. If you are going to sell your prints, why would you not want to have the highest quality? You don't want your name associated with poor quality printing.
    I agree 100%. When I sell prints, I use a quality supplier.
    I only use Costco, Walgreens, etc, when I need quick prints for my kids (school project, etc) or for family members when giving them 4x6 or 5x7 prints from familiy things. Paying customers should get a higher quality which will last longer.


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  2. #12
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    Re: Low cost printing

    Quote Originally Posted by carguy View Post
    I agree 100%. When I sell prints, I use a quality supplier.
    I only use Costco, Walgreens, etc, when I need quick prints for my kids (school project, etc) or for family members when giving them 4x6 or 5x7 prints from familiy things. Paying customers should get a higher quality which will last longer.
    I am not a businessman, I am a microbiologist, but even for me it just makes the best business sense to provide you customers with the highest quality product for reasonable prices. I do not have nearly as much overhead as many professional photographers, though I bet I have way much more cameras and lenses () than most, but if something costs me $1, I sell it for $4. People are not dumb, if you sell something for $3 that everyone is selling for $7, people will begin to wonder why. Anything over and above what covers your costs compared to others is just "economic rent".
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  3. #13
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    Re: Low cost printing

    A vote for Costco. I do my own smalls (less than 13x19) more out of convenience, but if I was to start printing in numbers I'd probably just go 100% Costco.
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  4. #14
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    Robin and I use Nations.
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    Re: Low cost printing

    As I mentioned previously, I haven't used Costco myself but recently saw canvas and an acrylic prints from there that blew me away. They definitely looked professionally printed.

    In fact, I took out a Costco membership last year for this very reason but haven't yet printed anything. As I also mentioned, I've used WalMart for 20x30" posters. About 18 months ago, WalMart's machine was down. In the past I used Staples but wasn't happy with their paper - very thin poster paper compared to WalMart's paper which is similar to oaktag.

    So I opted to go to Allen's Camera which I *think* also uses an Epson printer similar to WalMart's. The difference was Allen's used Luster paper (I think there was a choice of 2 different types of paper) - and the Luster paper yielded the most spectacular posters I've ever had printed. But the difference in cost is diverse. I think Costco is $10 for a 20x30" poster. WalMart is $20. And Allen's was at least $35.
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