The Wide Format Printing Monster

We have all heard of the monster under the bed and some of you may still believe in that. I’m not here to judge you. However, I am here to talk about a monster that we may all know but refuse to acknowledge.

The Wide Format Printing Monster… No, I’m not talking about a physical monster.

The Wide Format Printing Monster
Or am I? This is honestly scaring me a little...
I am talking about the monster of a decision:
Do we print in house or outsource?
The Wide Format Printing Monster Printed on HP DesignJet
Nope not a monster. Pitchforks away folks.
I get it, doing your printing in house may seem like a huge obstacle. Hence: Monster.  But honestly this is something that is super easy to address.

Let me put things into perspective for you.

First off, most print-shops that are printing your posters are marking up the prints 350–500% . As a result, companies all over could have bought 3-4 wide format printers, ink, and media and still have been saving money.

Mind Blown Gif about Wide Format Printing

Now, let’s assume that you are currently outsourcing 24″ x 36″ posters and are paying $5 a square foot. For that kind of money, you could install hardwood flooring in your house!
Sorry about that. I think I watch too much Home Renovation Shows in my free time. Thanks Chip and Joanna...
Back to what I was saying. $60 total for the poster to be printed and you need 50 posters. The total cost for this one print job is $3,000. Do you know the total cost for this job to be printed? $600
Obviously, this may be a drastic example. For instance, the type of material and ink coverage can change the cost and savings. But, this is a very real evaluation using honest print shop prDropped Jaw becasue Wide Format Printing is Cheaper than Expectedicing.

We will continue this further. This exact print job being printed every month is $36,000 a year. Seriously!?! For the cost of one job being printed a month you can buy a car...
Old Ford Truck that I want to buy
I’d prefer this truck myself.

Now comes the dreaded part that most of you think is unreachable.

The cost of a wide format printer.

Depending on the size of prints, a wide-format printer can range from $3,500 - $25,995. The job mentioned above could be printed on a 24-inch printer costing: $3,495. Now you’re thinking, what about the media? Surely that is where the cost will be coming in.
The media in question? Do you want to even guess? $70. Yes, that’s it. That means the total cost for this job to be printed for 1 month would have been $3,565. And that is including buying the printer.
Let’s look at the total expenses for the year.

Media: $700

Printer: $3,495

Ink: $2630 this is assuming we would need 2 full sets of ink cartridges.

Total: $6,825
Do you remember that print job that was costing around $3,000 a month? That same print job is now costing you $569 a month with a monthly savings of $2,431.
For the cost you were paying per month for prints, you could have all your ink, media, and printer paid for in 3 months with a year end savings of $29,175.
Money Saved from Printing Wide Format in-house
Look at that cheddar!
I know that was a lot to take in. I mean, I wrote it… But wow. This makes me want to start a print shop. Anyone else?
This may be something that you have already been considering and I hope that this helps clear the water. For some companies buying a printer doesn’t make sense because they are only printing 4-5 posters a year, but when the year end total is 3 times the price of a wide format printer, why wouldn’t you?
This breakdown is a simple version of what we do here at Digital Media Warehouse. We specialize in cost evaluation to save you money. We have done it for over 20 years.
Dancing because of Wide Format Printing
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Nathaniel Miller the Marketing Coordinator for Digital Media Warehouse
My name is Nathaniel Miller and I am the Digital Marketing Director here at Digital Media Warehouse. I am in charge of web design, online content, printed brochures, and our social media channels

We have plans to expand our online offerings to include technical support, how-to blogs and videos, and much more.
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I have been part of the wide-format printing industry for 11 years and feel like I know the industry like the back of my hand. These past 11 years I have travelled the country as a lead wide format technician, worked with many different brands and printer manufacturers, and managed marketing and web design for the leading distributor of wide format printers and media.

With my technician background I feel the need to help customers keep their printers running effectively and efficiently. Our goal is to provide a useful resource in our different blog posts to help you.

I am so excited about all the things happening with Digital Media Warehouse and look forward to sharing it with all of you!

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