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  • Miranda
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    @miranda
    6 years, 5 months ago

    Hi there! I’ve had a couple of requests from designers who would like to have their own designs letterpress printed so that they can sell them in their shops and I’m having a really hard time figuring out what to charge. I know what to charge for my own greeting cards that I sell in my shop…should I just take a percentage off of that for designers? I’m curious to hear what all of you do in that situation? Thanks!


    Tiffany Smith
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    @tiffanysmith
    6 years, 5 months ago

    This is a good question.

    I really struggle with this because you never know when you’ll see returns if you charge a percentage of sales. I’m hoping some other folks will chime in!


    Christiaan Janssen
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    @christiaanjanssen
    6 years, 5 months ago

    I would charge them for the paper, plates etc at the standard rate (purchase price plus surcharge) and charge the printing hours at a reasonable level. I don’t what how high that might be in the States, but in The Netherlands I explain to letterpress printers that a mechanic for your car would charge about 60?/hour, only for labor. I believe a letterpress printer should use more or less the same level.

    Don’t worry about the final selling price by he designer. That is his/her issue, not yours.

    Christiaan / passion for paper


    Alaina Cherup
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    @alainacherup
    6 years, 5 months ago

    I would also love to know what other printers are doing for this. For myself, I currently offer designers a 20% discount on my retail prices, but that is for wedding invitations and not for greeting cards or pre-made type items. I’m a relatively new letterpress business owner so that discount was just something I came up with rather randomly…. so far it’s worked out.


    Kseniya Thomas
    Keymaster
    @kseniya
    6 years, 5 months ago

    I wrote an article about pricing a while back over on Letterpress Commons:

    http://letterpresscommons.com/pricing/

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