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Frequently Asked Questions

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Questions

Placing an Order, or Reordering

File Preparation

Tracking and Status of an Order

Billing, Payment and Extra Charges

Terms, Conditions, and Privacy Policy

Jobs in Progress and Changes

Administration

Contact Info

Products, Quality, and Specs

Shipping and Mailing Resources

Paper and Print Types

Tips, Quotes, and Sales Help

Templates and Design Help

Answers

Placing an Order, or Reordering

How do I place an order?

To place your order follow the steps below to complete the ordering process:

  1. Click on the product category you would like to order
  2. Check the specs provided
  3. Get an instant price and turnaround time from our calculator located on the right side of the screen.
  4. Scroll to the bottom of the page, click "Add to Cart".
  5. Once you click "Add to Cart" you will be asked to log in - if existing customer, or sign up for new customers. The sign up is free and will take only a few minutes.
  6. Once you click your option, you will be asked to log in -if existing customer, or sign up for new customers. The sign up is free and will take only a few minutes.
  7. Now you are ready to place your order by filling out the order form. You can send it with the files attached, or submit the order without files.
  8. Your order is considered placed ONLY if you are given an order number — usually a 7 digit number.
  9. Please be sure to proof your work, as we are unable to make changes to an order once it goes into production.

File Preparation

How do I upload/send my files?

Bargain Printing provides customers with four ways to submit their files.

  1. Attach the file to the order form — while placing the order
  2. Upload files on the Bargain Printing FTP — an order # is required
  3. Email your files to info@bargainprinting.com
  4. You can mail them to us. Click here for our address.

How do I add items to an order?

Due to the nature of the product, each and every job is managed individually. If you have more than one order to place, please place them separately.

Once an order is placed, you cannot add additional products. Please place a new order.

Selecting a shipping method

When placing your order, you will be asked to select your shipping method. Using the shipping calculator provided on the site, you can get an estimate of your shipping cost.

While your job is in process, you can request a change in the shipping method by emailing us at info@bargainprinting.com.

When selecting your shipping method, keep in mind the days it takes in transit in addition to the turnaround time for production.

Verify order has been placed

You can always log in to your account to verify that your order is placed. Once you are given an order number, your order is in our system.

When logging in, you will be able to view the order you placed, but it does not provide you with up-to-date status info.

How do I order multiple pieces?

To keep things simple, please place a separate order for each different printed piece you want produced. For example, if you would like to place an order for 5 different lots of 1000 postcards each, you will place 5 orders of 1000 postcards each. Placing one order for 5000 cards is NOT the same. Each different artwork has to be treated as a separate order.

How do I place a re-order?

To reorder a product we printed for you in the past, please enter a new order in the system and you will be provided a space to type in the original job ticket number we are reprinting. Placing the reorder is necessary, but it is not necessary to provide us with your files again.

How do I place an order and have my graphic designer upload my files separately?

When placing your order, indicate that the files will be send via another method instead of attaching them to the order form. Provide your designer with your job ticket number and he/she can email them to us, upload them on the Bargain Printing FTP, or mail them to our office.

Do I have to re-create my order form every time?

Every time you have an order to place, you will need to fill out the order form; however, you will not need to sign up again if you have your user name and password available.

How do I upload/send my files?

Bargain Printing provides customers with four ways to submit their files.

  1. Attach the file to the order form — while placing the order
  2. Upload files on the Bargain Printing FTP — an order # is required
  3. Email your files to info@bargainprinting.com
  4. You can mail them to us (view section H for our address)

How well will my job match what I see on my monitor?

Although we are trying to match the colors as closely as possible, the colors of the final piece might differ from the colors you see on your screen or a printout from an inkjet or laser jet printer. Because of the wide differences in monitor calibration and the different technologies used, some printed colors may not match the colors exactly on your specific monitor. Please pay attention to the color values to assure a close match.

Will you match a sample I print out on my own printer, or a previously printed sample?

We are trying to match the colors as much as possible. Please check the color values with a PMS book if you have any questions about how a color is coming off an offset press. Due to calibration issues, your screen, or printer might display colors differently.

What do I do if my job requires a precise color match?

In this case, we recommend that you order a match print, which is a color proof that comes off an offset printer. We will send the match print to you via overnight delivery service. Once you approve it, we will print your job or make adjustments, as per your instructions. This process is costly and adds more days in your order's turnaround time.

Can I send you documents created in MS Word or PowerPoint?

We will gladly accept files created in MS Word or PowerPoint. However, due to the nature of the programs, we will always send you a proof so you can confirm layout and positioning.

What other file formats can you take?

We accept most Mac or PC version formats, or any file output as a PDF. Some of the best formats are QuarkXpress, Photoshop, Illustrator, Pagemaker, InDesign, Distiller, CorelDraw, Fireworks, Freehand, and most MS Office files.

What is the difference between the RGB and CMYK color format?

RGB refers to the primary colors of light, Red, Green and Blue, which are used in monitors, television screens, digital cameras, and scanners. CMYK refers to the primary colors of pigment: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. These are the inks used on the press in "4-color process printing," commonly referred to as "full color printing".

The combination of RGB light creates white, while the combination of CMYK inks creates black. Therefore, it is physically impossible for the printing press to reproduce colors exactly as we see them on our monitors. For this reason, we request that you convert your colors from RGB to CMYK if your tools allow you to do that. By doing it yourself, you have maximum control over the results since you can do adjustments if a difference in color occurs during the conversion.

If I'm sending a Publisher file, should I compress it with "Pack and Go," or should I just send the normal *.pub file?

We prefer that you submit the native .pub file rather than compress it. However, we recommend that you Zip together all graphics or files associated with your job and submit them all together. If you are using a font that is not included with MS Publisher, please send it along with your MS Publisher file.

How much bleed should I have for an envelope?

Whenever your projects have bleeds, please allow an area of 1/16 inch on each side for cutting or trimming.

Do I need to impose my business cards 8-up or 10-up if they will be printed more than 1 to a sheet?

We prefer to receive a single layout and we will be setting the run on our end.

How should I take pictures with my digital camera?

If you are planning to use images taken by a digital camera on an offset printer, please keep in mind to shoot the pictures using the highest resolution possible. This may require; using larger storage space on your disk and longer downloading time, but the quality will be better. The resolution should be of at least 300 dpi.

Where can I get some more tips on designing my material?

You can visit CreativeBlvd.com for great information on designing, software and tips on your setting up your artwork.

How long will it take to upload my files?

It will vary depending upon your file size, the speed of your Internet connection. It usually takes from a few seconds to a few minutes using a fast connection. You will receive a Thank You page once the file is uploaded.

Why are the files I submitted incomplete or corrupted?

Occasionally, a user will quit an application or power down the system before the application completes the writing process. In addition, operating systems can experience errors that result in "unexpected end of file" or data that was not written to disk (or written incorrectly).

If linked imports are not included in the submission of an order the file may only contain low-resolution images, which will reproduce poorly. If 1-bit or 4-bit vector imports are embedded in some applications they can convert into part of the background and display previously "hidden" qualities.

These and many other problems can occur in the composition, saving and transmission process which make it impossible to use the data received to image a job.

Why can't I use spot colors for full color jobs?

As with RGB, spot colors were not intended for the process (four color; CMYK) environment. These colors were developed by pigment designers who license a color to manufacturers to produce ink that has the exact hue match to a specified color. Chip charts are provided either digitally (in the color selection portion of layout applications) or physically (on material printed with that specific ink; Pantone chart or chip books) and the user makes their selection and assignment. Some spot colors do exist within the CMYK gamut, but many do not. These colors cannot be produced accurately using any combination of the process color model.

What are "Bleeds", and why do I have to set them?

If the colored background of a layout extends to the edge of the sheet it is desirable to have the color extend or bleed over the intended trim marks or line. This produces a far more finished result on the edges of the page and deters the perimeter of the page from appearing ragged or uneven because of the substrate or paper showing.

What does PDF stand for?

PDF stands for Portable Document Format, a universal file format developed by Adobe that preserves all the fonts, formatting, graphics and color of any source document. It allows a file to read through the use of Acrobat Reader ( a free program available from Adobe) regardless of the hardware or software platform on which the file was created.

What resolution should my graphics file be

For best printing results, please make sure that your image file resolution should be at least 300dpi (Dots Per Inch) at actual size of the image to be printed.

What are color separations?

A color separation is an image that defines where one specific color will be printed. Colors can be mixed by overlapping areas of different color separations, so that one ink is applied on top of the other. By combining this technique with halftones, many variations of colors are made possible.

What does (4 over 1) or (4 over 4) or (4 over 0) mean?

4 over 1 refers to full color on the front and black & white on the back. 4 over 4 refers to full Color on both the front and back. 4 over 0 means full color printing on one side only.

What does (2 over 1) or (2 over 2) or (2 over 0) mean?

2 over 1 refers to two color (Black and a PMS color or 2 PMS colors) on the front and one (Black or PMS color) on the back. 2 over 2 refers to two Color (Black and a PMS color or 2 PMS colors) on both the front and back. 2 over 0 means two color printing (Black and a PMS color or 2 PMS colors) on one side only.

What is the Pantone Matching System?

The Pantone Matching System, also known as the PMS color system, is a popular color matching system used by the printing industry to print specific colors. PMS match book are book of color where each PMS color has its own name or number that helps you make sure that your colors are the same each time you print, even if your monitor displays a different color or if you change printing services.


Tracking and Status of an Order

How long does it take for me to get the proof of my job?

Once you have placed your order, you should get it within 2 business days after we receive your electronic files.

If you are using the Bargain Printing pdf driver, your proof should be available within 1 hour.

How long will it take to get my order?

Most full color jobs will be shipped within 5 business days and jobs that require PMS matching are shipped within 10 business days after you approve your proof online, or if your job does not require a proof, after your files were prepared for printing.  UPS takes between 1 and 7 business days to get to you depending on your location and the production plant your order is getting shipped from.

Order Handling / Turnaround Time:

Full Color printing and labels require 3-5 business days turnaround time depending on item and qty. PMS or 2 color jobs require 7-10 days turnaround time. Catalogs or Presentation Folders, 8-10 business days.

Does the Turnaround Time include Shipping Time?

No, the Turnaround Time is how long it will take for Bargain Printing to print and finish your print job. Turnaround Time starts counting from the moment you accept your proof, or files were verified good for printing to the moment we are ready to ship.

What does your pricing include, and are there any additional fees besides what I see on the site?

All prices are listed on our website, and we do not have any hidden fees. We DO NOT print our name on any of the items we print. Our prices vary, depending on the quantity ordered as well as product options available, such as paper, ink and graphics. Proofs and shipping fees are in addition to the prices listed on the site, but available for your information on our site.


Billing, Payment and Extra Charges

What methods of payment do you accept?

Like most Internet-based businesses today, we prefer payment by credit card. Currently, we accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express cards. When placing your order, simply enter your credit card information on the Billing Information page. If you have reservations about using your credit card to make purchases over the Internet, please know that we provide you with a secure ordering process using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology.  We will gladly accept a check for payment, and long as you contact the accounting department for special arrangement.

Do you charge taxes on the orders?

Bargain Printing is a New York corporation and must collect taxes for all the orders that are getting shipped to a New York State address. If you are a tax exempt organization, please fax us your exemption certificate.

How is it that Bargain Printing offers such low prices?

We are trade printers and due to the volume of jobs we print, we leverage our production and costs and be able to offer customers tremendous savings on full color printing. Also, we are solely focused on Internet Marketing & Sales that allows us to keep our overhead costs down which results to additional savings for the customers.

How much do you charge for shipping/handling?

We usually ship UPS and the shipping costs vary depending on the zip code the order is getting shipped to and the weight of the order. We provide a shipping calculator on the site and is connected with UPS and will provide you with close estimate of the shipping cost.

How do I make changes to my account or change my email/password?

If you would like to do any changes in your account, you may access your account using your existing email address, then select Account Information. This will enable you to change your information as you would prefer.


Terms, Conditions, and Privacy Policy

What if I am not satisfied with my printing?

We will always do our best to ensure you are satisfied and happy with your printing. However, If Bargain Printing fails to produce printed products of acceptable standards due to internal reasons and not due to problems with the files the customer submitted, then Bargain Printing will Re-Run the job at no cost to the customer. For more details, please see our terms and conditions page.

What if I want to return my order?

Due to the nature of the product, Bargain Printing does not accept any cancellations or issue a refund once an order was processed. We do not accept any returns on printed products.

What if I found a mistake in the artwork?

The customer is responsible for the accuracy of all artwork submitted to us either by Email or sent by mail. The customer is encouraged to proofread the layout, design and copy carefully before submitting. If you notice a mistake before the order was put into production, we will work with you to correct it.

How well will my job match what I see on my monitor?

Although we are trying to match the colors as closely as possible, the colors of the final piece might differ from the colors you see on your screen or a printout from an inkjet or laser jet printer. Because of the wide differences in monitor calibration and the different technologies used, some printed colors may not match the colors exactly on your specific monitor. Please pay attention to the color values to assure a close match.

Do you check the copyright of images and text?

You are responsible for the content of your print job and confirm that all images used were not copyrighted and that you are the owner or you are authorized to use them.  Bargain Printing does not censor the content of any print job.

Do you share or sell my contact information?

NO information we collect for order processing or from inquiries is shared with any other company or website. The customer's information is only used to contact them when necessary in regards to their jobs. Credit Card information is only used to bill the customer for products and services ordered.

Bargain Printing might distribute samples of the customer's printed material but we will never use them for advertising purposes.

Is your website secure?

Bargain Printing provide customers with a secure ordering process using Secure Socket Layer (SSL) technology. All your personal and payment information are encrypted and transferred via a secure server.


Jobs in Progress and Changes

How do I make changes/cancel to an order?

You can make changes or cancel an order before it gets into production. Your order is consider into production when the pre-press department finishes inspecting the files and the plate is burned. Your order gets into production a few hours after you place it, so please contact us right away if you notice any changes that they need to be done.

Changing the shipping method

As long as your order has not been shipped yet, we can change the shipping method. The accounting department will make any price adjustments possible. Once an order gets shipped, no changes are possible.

What if I want to change something on my order after I've placed it or approved the proof?

You are able to changes only before your order gets into production. The orders get into production usually within a few hours an order is placed or a proof is approved. Please contact us the soonest  and we will check your job status.


Administration

How do I view my proof?

To view your proof, please log on to your Bargain Printing Account, and click on your job number. Your job will open up and your proof in pdf file format will be displayed on top. Right Click and Save As. on your computer, Open and review carefully. Please note that proofs are for positioning and layout only. You can accept or reject your proof once you review it.

Why can't I see my graphics file in the file upload utility?

You can see only the files you uploaded while placing your order. All files submitted through the ftp server or via email, will not be posted there. We are hosting them on an internal system.

How do we use order numbers?

You will receive a unique order number once you submit your project for printing. Keep that order number for your records for ease in any follow up that may be necessary.

If I have forgotten my Password, how can I retrieve it?

Your password can be accessed by using our password retrieval system. Simply fill in the information required and we will send you an email with your password.

If you are already a registered user, how do you change addresses and other information?

You can log on to your account and do any changes necessary to your account information and once you save them they will be effective immediately.


Contact Info

What is your phone number and operating hours?

You can chat live or call us at 1 (877) 624-8110 or 1 (212) 244-7504 from 9 AM to 5 PM EST, Monday through Friday. You can send an email at any time at info@bargainprinting.com.

How can I reach someone for questions or instructions?

Bargain Printing employees specialize in certain areas of printing. When calling please specify if your question is in reference to pricing, specs, ordering process or tracking an existing order, and a specialist will assist you.

How long will it take for an email reply to an inquiry?

We try to reply all emails as they come in during business hours. Depending on the inquiry, you should expect an answer within 2 hours. If you email during the weekend, we will get back to you before noon on the next business day.

What is your address, phone number and operating hours?

Bargain Printing is located in New York. Our corporate office is open from 9am to 5 pm EST Monday through Friday. We have several production facilities in the NY area and other states and they might operate on different schedules. Please click here for directions to Bargain Printing.


Products, Quality, and Specs

Can I order 2-color printing from you?

We suggest you get the best value for your dollar and go for full color. Nonetheless, you may use any of our product pages (with the exception of postcards and business cards) to order 2-color printing. Simply place your order as usual, then specify in the comments section that it's a 2-color job and what PMS colors you have selected.

Can you print jobs that are different than the standard formats that you offer?

Yes. Use our form on the Custom Pieces page to request a quote on any job that doesn't fit our standard formats.

What kind of paper will my job be printed on?

We have several paper types available, depending on what you are ordering. The individual pricing pages show available options.

How well will my job match what I see on my monitor?

Most people are surprised at how well their job matches what they see. But because of wide differences in monitor calibration and the different technologies used, some printed colors may not exactly match the colors on your specific monitor. Please see RGB - CMYK Information for important instructions on getting the results you want.

Will I always receive exactly the quantity I order?

Most of the time, we ship you slightly more than you ordered, free of charge. On occasion, we ship slightly fewer pieces than you ordered. Printing industry trade standards allow for underages of up to 5%. If you plan to send your print order to a mailing list or need a guaranteed quantity, we recommend that you order the next available quantity.

Do you offer such low prices by "ganging" my job together with others?

We only gang full color postcards and business cards. All brochures, and catalogs run on their own. Our pricing is low despite if a jobs runs alone or in a gang, due to the high volume of printing we do.

What process / equipment do you use at Bargain Printing?

All full color printing is done using four ink colors; Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black, it is also known as CMYK. Most full color commercially printed material is produced using CMYK. We print on a 5 color Heidelberg and a Ryobi X.

How do I know my printing will be of good quality?

Our quality control team checks every order before dispatch to ensure it meets our strict quality standards, but you are also covered by our guarantee.

What are the common sizes for catalogs and booklets?

Most commercial printers will offer your catalog or booklets in these standard sizes 5-1/2" x 8-1/2", 8-1/2" x 11", 8-1/2" x 11, or 11 x 17.

What are the different types of bindings available in the market?

  1. Perfect binding: Gluing the outside edge of the signatures to create a flat edge.
  2. Saddle-stitch binding: Uses one or more staples on the fold of the signature.
  3. Side-stitch binding: Stapling the signatures together on the side rather than the fold.
  4. Case binding: Signatures are sewn together and attached to the hard cover.
  5. Plastic comb binding: Plastic teeth are fitting into a stack of pages.
  6. Three-ring binding: Holes are punched into the pages and fitted into a binder.

What are the different types of bindings available at Bargain Printing?

1. Saddle-stitch binding: Uses one or more staples on the fold of the signature.

What are the standard sizes for brochure?

There are three standard sizes of brochures 8 1/2x11, 8 1/2x14, and 11x17

What are the standard substance weights for envelope?

  1. 16 lb. Used for overseas air mail envelopes.
  2. 20 lb. Used for commercial envelopes where strength and opacity is not a factor.
  3. 24 lb. Used for most open side official and commercial envelopes.
  4. 28 lb. Used for most open and catalog envelopes and large (i.e. 11, 12 and 14) size commercial envelopes.
  5. 32 lb. Used for heavy duty envelopes and clasp envelopes.
  6. 40 lb. Used for large envelopes, heavy duty envelopes or envelopes used for storage and frequent reference.

What type of label is best for outdoor and industrial applications?

Labels intended for outdoor use need to be durable and have the ability to hold up to a wide variety of different weather conditions. Vinyl and polyester are top material choices for outdoor conditions. The matte finish on the vinyl media helps reduce glare, while the polyester's glossy finish creates a sharp, shiny image. Bumper stickers are, typically, made of vinyl. When placing your order, please order weatherproof/waterproof labels.

What determines the price of a label?

  1. Square surface area
  2. Type of material
  3. Custom or generic
  4. Number of colors
  5. Total quantity of order.

What materials can labels be made from?

  1. Paper-Uncoated: Uncoated paper can be written on by hand or by machine.
  2. Paper-High Gloss: High gloss paper provides good printability, not for hand writing.
  3. Vinyl: Vinyl is best for an outdoor environment or if the label is to be applied to a vinyl surface.
  4. Acetate: Acetate is best for a clear look.
  5. Mylar/Polyester: Mylar/polyester is best for a label applied to an object with sharp corners.

What's the difference between die-cut and butt-cut?

Die-cut labels have round corners and spacing between each label on the roll. Butt-cut labels have square corners and no spacing between each label on the roll.

What is engraving?

One of the oldest and most elegant processes for printing. Engraving involves etching the text onto a copper plate. During the printing process, the plate is coated with ink and then compressed onto the paper, creating the printed text in a slightly raised impression. Engraved stationery is considered to be the epitome of good taste and sophistication. The process is relatively expensive but the finished product is first-rate.

What is raised printing?

Raised printing is also known as thermography. Thermography produces raised printing similar in appearance to engraving but using a different process. In thermography, a special powder is added to the ink printed on the paper. The printed piece is heated and the powder and ink mixture dries to form a raised effect on the paper.

What is flat printing?

Flat printing is also known as offset printing. Offset printing is a printing technique whereby ink is spread on metal plate with etched images, then transferred to a rubber blanket, and finally applied to paper by pressing the paper against the blanket.

What is scoring?

This process involves partially cutting through the card stock so it will fold more neatly. We recommend scoring any card stock paper that will get folded, otherwise, if it gets folded without scoring, the paper will break.

What are embossed or de-bossed printing?

Embossing or de-bossing refers to the surface of the paper being either raised or lowered.

What is the standard window measurement for business envelopes?

The window in most commercial business envelopes is 1-1/8 x 4-1/2.

What type of envelope should I use?

  1. Business Envelopes: Regular, Window, Booklet, Clasp, and Printed Business.
  2. Square Envelopes: Colored Square and Regular Square.
  3. Social & Invitation: Square Flap, Pointed Flap, Black Square, Foil Lined, and Colored Translucent.
  4. Colored Envelopes: Commercial, Open End, Booklet, Square, and Clasp.
  5. Specialty Envelopes: Coin, Full Face Window, Florist, Airmail, and CD envelopes.
  6. Shipping and Packaging Envelopes: Paperboard, Tyvek, Corrugated, Bubble, and Plastic.

What are the most popular sizes for personalized note pads?

4 x 6, 5-1/2 x 8-1/2, and 8-1/2 x 11 are the three most popular sizes for personalized note pads.


Shipping and Mailing Resources

Shipping Services and Cost

We usually ship via UPS, but we will gladly ship with any carrier you might have an account with. For your convenience, we provide on the site a shipping calculator that provides a close estimate of the shipping cost, based on the UPS rates. Shipping cost depends upon the origin and destination zip codes and the weight of the order.

Where can I check shipping transit times?

Transit times via UPS ground is usually 1-5 days depending from which plant we ship from and where your order gets ship to. Click here for shipping time based on your zip code.

Where can I find Post Office regulations and rules for bulk mail permits?

Click here for information on bulk mail permits from USPS.

What are the postal requirements for my envelopes?

It is important to keep in mind U.S. Postal Service requirements when designing your envelopes.

All mail .25 inches thick or less must be: 1. Rectangular in shape, 2. At least 3.25 inches high, and at least 5 inches long.

A mail piece must be at least .007 (7 pt.) inches thick when it does not exceed 4.25 inches in height and 6 inches in length.

A mail piece must be at least .009 (9 pt.) inches thick if it is either greater than 4.25 inches in height or greater than 6 inches in length or both.


Paper and Print Types

What is the difference between Matte and Gloss Paper Stock?

Matte stock is a coated paper that has a dull finish. It is often used to make pages easier to read that are text intensive or that contain numerical charts. Gloss stock is a coated paper with a shiny or highly reflective finish. It is most often used in 4-color printing to help full color photographs, images and graphics appear more vivid, real and appealing.

What is the difference between Offset and Coated (Matte or Gloss) Paper Stock?

Offset stock is uncoated paper which is most commonly used for 1-color pages in books, reports, letters and business forms. Offset stock is usually less expensive than coated stocks.

What is the difference between Cover Stock and Body Stock?

Cover stock is the outside page and is thicker than body stock. Body stock is the inside pages and is less thick than cover stock.

What is the difference between Body Stock and Text Stock?

Nothing, body and text stock both mean the inside pages of a book or catalog.

What does the # in 70# or 80# paper mean?

It is the basis weight in pounds of a text stock type or the weight of a ream (500 sheets) of 25" x 38" sheets. For a cover stock type, it's a ream of 20" x 26" sheets. With that in mind you now know the reason that 100# cover is heavier and thicker than 100# text stock.

What is the difference between 70# and 80# of the same type text paper?

The difference between 70# and 80# is the weight and thickness of each sheet of paper. The 80# would be slightly thicker and heavier than 70#. See question 6 above for further detail.

Does weight of the paper stock effect durability and quality?

Yes, but only within the same type. For instance, let's assume you chose 70 # vs. 50# offset text stock for a newsletter. The 70# stock would be more durable over time and result in less show through of the printed image from on side of a sheet to the other. However, let's assume you choose 70# gloss text vs. 70# offset for your newsletter. The gloss stock would be more durable and result in greater ink holdout and glossier images than the uncoated offset stock.

What are the grades of paper and the basis weight of each?

The standard weight of a paper is defined by the weight of 500 standard-sized sheets in pounds. These are the different grades of paper and their respective basis weights.

Bond : Usually reserved for letterheads, business forms, and quick printing jobs. 16# for forms, 20# for copying, and 24# for stationary.

Text: A high-quality sheet with a lot of texture. Ranges in weight from 60# to 100#, but the most common weights are 70# or 80#.

Uncoated Book: The most common sheet for offset printing. Usually a 50# to 70# stock.

Coated Book: A glossy sheet that yields vivid colors and excellent reproduction. Generally goes from 30# to 70# for web, 60# to 110# for sheet fed.

Cover: Used for book covers, postcards, and business cards. Coated or uncoated. Come in 60#, 65#, 80# or 100# weights.

What are the most common card stocks used in postcards?

Bargain Printing is a high-end printer and uses for the postcards and business cards #12 Point c2s (coated two sides) which is a luxurious premium sheet with brilliant finish.

What is cover stock?

A term used by paper manufacturers for a heavy paper that is suitable for catalogs and other folders. Cover stock can come in "coated" which has a smooth surface, or "uncoated" in its original rough surface.

What is the difference between 100# text stock and 14pt card stock?

100# text is measured in weight. 14 pt is measured in thickness. It can be hard to differentiate between the two unless you know both weight and thickness. The size paper comes from the mill is called "parent" or "basis" size, and it differs for different kinds of paper. This is why "80# cover" is heavier than "100# text." The point system, on the other hand, measures paper thickness, not weight, and is typically used with coated papers. Make sure you ask the printer before they begin your work.

What is the difference between coated and uncoated stock?

Uncoated stock is a rough porous type of paper. It is normally used in newspapers and tends to be less expensive. Coated stock has a smooth glossy finish. Printing on this type of paper will sharpen your text and graphic layouts. Coated stock, however, can be a bit more expensive.

What kind of paper do you use?

We use several different papers, depending on what you are ordering. The individual pricing pages show all of the standard options. We use a high quality sheet for all orders. For example: we use 100# gloss text for brochures and 12 pt stock for postcards.


Tips, Quotes, and Sales Help

What are my options with 1-color or 2-color printing to create a higher impact publication?

Although we do 1-color and 2-color printing, we specialize on full color CMYK printing and for a very small upgrade in price, you can make an impression with full color printing.

How does the Bargain Printing Quote system work?

Bargain Printing provides all the pricing on standard items we print on the website. We also provide a easy cost calculator for items like catalogs, and stationery. Once you get your price, you are given the option of having it emailed or printed out.

Also, you can request a quote on items not shown on our site. Please note that quotes are provided for pricing only, and a quote is not an order. We cannot turn a quote into an order and when placing your order it is important that you provide us with all the specs of your job.


Templates and Design Help

Do you offer templates that can help me with my jobs layout?

Bargain Printing offers a library of templates that include bleed, folding and all necessary crop marks to help you with the layout of your job. Click here to download one.

Do you have any design tips?

If you are designing your own brochure, postcard or any other printed material, we recommend that you visit CreativeBlvd.com for tips on software and other resources.

Can you design my project?

Unfortunately, Bargain Printing does not have the resources to design your project in-house, but we recommend that you visit FindDesigners.net, where designers can provide you with quotes and you will be able to find a designer fast and at very affordable prices. Please mention to the designers that you found them on Finddesigners.net.

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