When you require the services of a commercial printing company you are going to find a large number of companies to choose from, especially if you are performing a Google search online. How are you going to know which printer is the right one for you and your needs? Who do you trust? Who will do a good job?
These are all very valid questions - so here are some tips on how to narrow down the field:
1. Do you know someone, whose opinion you trust, who has recently used a commercial printing company? Perhaps they could let you know who they had a good experience with and, perhaps just as importantly, who they think you should avoid.
2. Generally speaking, it's easier to work with a company that is in the same geographic region as you. Think of the benefits: You can visit their office, no long distance phone charges, no time zone differences, reduced shipping charges, and you're helping to support your local economy.
3. If you're performing a Google search to find a suitable printer and you find that the search results are off topic or perhaps there are just too many, try making your search more specific. For example, rather than searching "commercial printing" you might try to be more specific and search based on your geographic area. If you lived in the Greater Vancouver area like I do, you could do a search based on "commercial printing company in Vancouver, BC".
4. These days just about anyone can publish a professional and convincing website online, but that doesn't mean that they are a legitimate printing company. Perhaps they are a print broker (which is a middle-man) or even a scam artist. One of the first things you should look for is their postal address - do they have an office you can visit so you can meet them in person, or do they just have a Post Office Box? If they don't have a 'bricks and mortar' location, chances are you would be better to look elsewhere.
5. When you have decided on a small number of commercial printing companies that you're interested in, it's time to call them on the phone and, quite literally, 'interview' them. Ask them lots of questions about their business, get their terms of business policy and warranty statements, ask them for samples and, very importantly, get a quotation from them.
6. As mentioned in item #5, it's important to get a quotation from the various printing companies you're interviewing, but make sure you get a detailed quote in writing. Accepting a written quotation acts as a contract for services between you and the printer so make sure your quotation covers all the aspects of your order... don't accept a vague quote... and the pricing and delivery times are clearly stated. The last thing you want to have happen is to get an unpleasant surprise at the end of the job!
Precision Printing provides quality commercial printing services from our location in Surrey (a suburb of Vancouver, BC). We offer quality digital printing and offset printing and specialize in your promotional printing needs. Contact us today to discuss your needs - we hope we can be of service to you!