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Who to use to print greeting cards, etc for resale?

 
T2iMdSue
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Oct 02, 2014 19:37 |  #1

Hello all, I am hoping you can help me figure out the basics for selling my images locally.

I live in a small town surrounded by beautiful scenery and history. I have accumulated quite a collection of local landmarks, birds, and other scenic images. I'd like to make up some greeting cards, photographs, and perhaps a calendar for resale.

Currently, there is no one in town that sells local images even though we are surrounded by beautiful scenery. I am well regarded for my bird and scenery photography and a few people have expressed an interest in purchasing certain photographs.

I'd like to start small to see if there is a market by making up a small batch of greeting cards, postcards, or 8x10's to try and sell at local retailers. I'm hesitant to invest a lot of money before I know what kind of market there is.


My biggest question is who would/do you use to order cards for resale? I can find plenty of online businesses that do custom printing, but I am having trouble finding one that makes prints or cards for the purpose of re-sales?

I'm also thinking I need a website for my pictures and sales, but I lack experience in that area. Suggestions for easy to use web-hosting sites?

Any other tips are appreciated.

Thanks from a newbie that doesn't want to get in over my head.

Susan


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Oct 02, 2014 21:22 |  #2

Cards I sell are printed be me, and hand cut and hand folded by me. If you outsource the making of the card you are giving away money. Look at your pricing since local retailers will likely want 50% of your selling price.




  
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T2iMdSue
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Oct 03, 2014 09:26 |  #3

HappySnapper90 wrote in post #17190920 (external link)
Cards I sell are printed be me, and hand cut and hand folded by me. If you outsource the making of the card you are giving away money. Look at your pricing since local retailers will likely want 50% of your selling price.

Thank-you. That is definitely a possibility. My printer will do photo quality prints but the ink is quite pricy and runs out quickly.

Do you mind sharing what type of printer that you use? Have you ever tried the refillable inks?

The other thing I would need if I decided to make my own prints would be matting for the prints as well as some sort of clear plastic wraps to put the products in.

Any suggestions?


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Oct 03, 2014 09:59 |  #4

I have also been curious about the most cost effective way to make quality cards of some of my photographs.


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Oct 03, 2014 20:22 |  #5

3rd party ink. Artist made cards may have more appeal than outsourced to a big shop.




  
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Oct 07, 2014 03:17 |  #6

Press printed cards I use WHCC but then you have to order 25 of the same minimum. They look great though.


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Dec 02, 2014 13:07 |  #7

T2iMdSue wrote in post #17191646 (external link)
Thank-you. That is definitely a possibility. My printer will do photo quality prints but the ink is quite pricy and runs out quickly.

Do you mind sharing what type of printer that you use? Have you ever tried the refillable inks?

The other thing I would need if I decided to make my own prints would be matting for the prints as well as some sort of clear plastic wraps to put the products in.

Any suggestions?

I use http://www.cisinks.com​/ (external link) and I have no complaints.




  
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Dec 05, 2014 18:03 |  #8

I have been happy with VistaPrint. Try to catch them when they are having a sale and place a large order.


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Dec 09, 2014 11:54 |  #9

I have been making my own cards for several years now and selling them at Church Bazars and other such venues.
I print the photo I want and then mount them on Blank cards c/w envelopes I purchased from the local Art Supply Store.
I use a mounting sheet from Letraset.
I buy the Plastic Bags form Clear Bags here in Canada and slip the cards and envelope in.
You don't have to make large quantities and you can say that they are all Handmade by the Photographer.
It may seem a little time consuming but I can produce a couple of hundred in an afternoon.
It allows you to customize your product for the the market you intend to sell to and you don't have a lot of left overs of stuff that does not sell.
It also allows for the flexibility of meeting cusomer demands with in a short period of time.


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