Using a Domestic Printing Company Saves You Money
If you aren’t using a local printing company for your digital and offset printing, it’s time to reconsider your choice.
As more and more offshore printers have begun national ad campaigns in the U.S., companies have started to send their printing projects overseas. The worst part is that you may not even realize that you’re sending your order — and your money — to another country.
If you use a local printing company rather than sending your work out of the country, you can save time and money, and ensure that your business fuels the U.S. economy, rather than that of another country.
The Rise of Overseas Printing Companies
You may already know some industries that are quickly gaining popularity overseas. Manufacturing, customer service call centers and IT support are some of the most infamous industries for offshoring.
The printing industry began to offshore at the time when declining demand put economic stress on traditional printing companies. Long-standing customers developed the ability to do their own desktop publishing, further reducing the demand for traditional printing services.
Offshore services save money on labor and facility costs, allowing them to offer pricing that seems too good to be true. But do you really save money if you use an offshore printing company?
Are Overseas Printing Company Prices for Real?
You’ve probably seen the TV commercials, promotional emails and online offers for bargain printing services, but are they really as good as they sound?
You have to agree to the final price for your project before you check out. However, what you might not have access to are the actual shipping costs or any taxes or tariffs that may get tacked on.
Another cause for concern is turnaround time. Shipping times from overseas sources can be much longer than you expect — and longer than the company estimates — due to delays in the production process and the time required to clear customs.
If you’re only ordering business cards or something small, you may save a little money. But if your project is large, you can imagine how high the shipping charges could be.
If you need packing, printing or fulfillment, you will likely pay more — possibly a lot more.
Other common problems with overseas printing companies involve a noticeable lack of quality, orders that are short, and inferior paper or card stock. And you can forget customer service. If you need any help beyond what you can get on the company’s website, you may be out of luck.
Benefits of Using a Local or U.S.-Based Printing Company
By choosing a domestic printing company, you will enjoy many clear benefits, as compared to an offshore printer.
You will have full access to the company’s customer service team, who can answer your questions and assist you in placing your order. You will have a greater ease of communication, as you won’t have to deal with a language barrier or a poor international phone connection.
You won’t have to worry about any delays in delivery, and if you work with a local print shop, you won’t have to pay any shipping. If you choose a union printing company, you will have peace of mind that every employee who works on your job enjoys a safe, equitable work environment and earns a living wage that allows them to support themselves and their families.
Sun Print Solutions, based in Utah, is a union print shop that puts quality and customer satisfaction first. Our advanced technology and processes allow us to keep our prices reasonable and our quality some of the best in our industry. Contact us today to learn more about how you can save money by using a local printing company based in the USA.