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Printing and pricing

This is a first for me - I've been contacted by someone who has seen some of my (squirrel) images online and would like to buy some of them as A4 size prints.
Firstly, can anyone recommend a reasonably priced, good quality printing lab?
Secondly, what is a reasonable price to ask on top of the printing costs?

This is all new to me, so any advice gratefully received
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Re: Printing and pricing

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This is a first for me - I've been contacted by someone who has seen some of my (squirrel) images online and would like to buy some of them as A4 size prints.
Firstly, can anyone recommend a reasonably priced, good quality printing lab?
Secondly, what is a reasonable price to ask on top of the printing costs?

This is all new to me, so any advice gratefully received

David I trust you shall receive the payment for Prints & p&p, BEFORE you order the prints

Price on top of the prints is really personal to you.
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Re: Printing and pricing

David,
I am often asked this by local people who expect me to help them compete for print sales
against myself but as it's you and you are highly unlikely to be selling prints on Skye then here is my receipe for pricing.
Work out total cost of materials including p&p if you are sending your images away for printing. Say print, conservation quality mount, tape and sundries £15.00
add 20% for expenses, depreciation/ replacement of kit, petrol etc. Now gives us a total of £18.00 now multiply that by three and there you go £54.00
I would price it in my gallery at £55. and that gives me a bit of lee way to drop the price to £50 if it's needed.
Yes, I am in this game to earn a living, and yes we do OK. Perhaps a wee bit better than OK. The main point is do not under value either yourself or your work just for the sake/thrill of getting a sale.
It's a sure road to disappointment.
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Re: Printing and pricing

Forgot to add a suggestion for a decent printer.
Try BDP Photech in Wigan.
I sometimes have medium and large format trannies printed on Cibachrome by them.
But sadly I believe Cibachrome is no more.
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I didn't realise Cibachrome was no more. I always like the material but in 2006 I took a print out of a frame that had been on a wall for 10 to 12 years and found it had faded. Disappointing given Cibachromes reputation as an archival material.
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Re: Printing and pricing

Thanks for the advice Chevvy and Jon - that's very helpful. I promise not to muscle in on the Skye market Jon, but in any event I really don't think I'd offer much competition!

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Re: Printing and pricing

Hi David,

DS Colour Labs are very good too - http://www.dscolourlabs.co.uk/

A4 print on fuji paper comes in at 0.65 with P&P from 3.99. Are you supplying the prints mounted?

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Re: Printing and pricing

Thanks Greg - I'll take a look at them as well.
Not quite sure exactly what my first customer is looking for re mounting - I'll need to find out more from her.
Do you think I should get the furballs to sign model release forms?
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Not quite sure exactly what my first customer is looking for re mounting - I'll need to find out more from her.
Yes find out what her mounting requirements are. She may be quite demanding and difficult to satisfy at any price
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Re: Printing and pricing

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I believe I read an article recently in the BJP about Ilford discontinuing Cibachrome due to
a reduced demand. Pity as I quite like Cibachrome myself. I have a client who insists on it. Don't know what is going to transpire with them.
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Forgot to add a suggestion for a decent printer.
Try BDP Photech in Wigan.
Oh. Have they moved? I used to use them donkeys years ago when they were based in Warrington. Very good, very professional.
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Re: Printing and pricing

Yes, I remember them being in Warrington when I was using them but that's got to be 20 years ago. I didn't realise they were still in business.
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Yes, I remember them being in Warrington when I was using them but that's got to be 20 years ago. I didn't realise they were still in business.
Just done a check. They're still in Warrington.
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