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Cheap printing

RaneadosRaneados police apologistyou shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
edited June 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
So I'm trying to get some cheap printing done

several items at about 200 pages each. Preferably want to get them bound and covered as cheaply as possible

the lowest I have found so far has been Kinko's, at about 25 bucks each. ugh

I have the items arranged over a few PDFs on a flash drive

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    I hear FedEx/Kinko's charges you a digital rendering fee for each file they open. Be careful of their scam(s).

    http://hijinksensue.com/2008/10/22/pay-per-click/

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    RaneadosRaneados police apologist you shouldn't have been there, obviouslyRegistered User regular
    edited June 2009
    what a terrible comic

    but thanks for the info

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    DjeetDjeet Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
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    jasonlesterjasonlester Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    "how about i throw the clerk down a flight of stairs and call it a “gravity assisted rapid altitude reduction?”"

    Come on :P it wasn't that terrible.

    Try student copy places at universities.

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    WezoinWezoin Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    Yeah, I work at a university copy place and it'd cost $18CAD each (including a cerlox bind, clear plastic front cover, and black backing) here, but of course we'd have to ship to you because I doubt you live in London, Ontario. So you should be able to find cheaper.

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    SzechuanosaurusSzechuanosaurus Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited June 2009
    I hear FedEx/Kinko's charges you a digital rendering fee for each file they open. Be careful of their scam(s).

    http://hijinksensue.com/2008/10/22/pay-per-click/

    I'm not going to discount the possibility that kinko's is ripping off customers, but taking a file and printing it on professional equipment isn't necessarily as simple as 'double-clicking' it. Everybody in the comments seems to be hanging on the 'ITS A PDF OMGWTF PRINT READY!' argument, but as someone who's worked in print and design for eight years and has handled a lot of client-generated PDFs in his time, let me just say fuck PDF. It sounds to me like Kinko's is just taking the very reasonable stance that anybody who would get stuff printed at Kinko's is an idiot who doesn't know what they are doing* and therefore their RIP software is going to puke at whatever files they supply.

    *Based on the fact that anybody who does know what they are doing wouldn't pay the extortionately overinflated charges at a high-street copy shop.


    Anyway, with all that said and done, ignore my in-built aversion to high-street printers. $25 sounds like a great price for a 200 page document, even with a $2.50 surcharge (Just make sure that you supply a 200 page PDF, rather than 200 individual PDFs otherwise you deserve to pay $525). Actually, with that in mind, are we talking 200 printed pages, or 200 leafs?

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    cooljammer00cooljammer00 Hey Small Christmas-Man!Registered User regular
    edited June 2009
    It's more absurd if you read the followup article someone else did, where they went to a Fedex Kinkos, found out about the surcharge, and was allowed to leave and come back and get the fee waived. They just left and came back after every printing.

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