As a local sign shop, we used to have to worry about competing with print shops from Fort Collins, Loveland, and Greeley when it comes to printing services. Now that anyone can order just about anything they want from the internet, we have to compete with printing companies in New York and Los Angeles. Sometimes we have to compete with a massive printer from across the world.
You might expect us to say “you should go with your local print shop!” And it’s true, that’s exactly what we’re going to say. But we’re not going to give you some nebulous reason; we’re going to give you three very specific reasons that could save you time and money in the long run. Here’s why you should get your printing services taken care of by someone local.
Shipping? What Shipping?
Amazon just built a big warehouse down around 120th on I-25, and if you’re in the Denver area you can now get two hour shipping on just about anything. That’s pretty impressive, but we don’t yet know of a printer that can offer the same fast shipping.
The fact is, most printers will take days to get your printing services taken care of. Then you have to wait while they ship it to you, which could take another couple of days. Sure, you could pay for overnight shipping, but then you’ll see any cost savings they offer go away pretty quickly if you do. And “overnight” isn’t “now,” is it?
The fact is, when you use a local print shop in the Fort Collins area, you’ll be able to pick up your printing as soon as it’s done. If you’re like most business owners, you have a lot on your plate, so you’ll run into your share of last-minute printing needs. If you need those mailers right away or have to have trade show banners to take with you on the plane tomorrow afternoon, you’re not going to be able to wait on 3-day shipping. In fact, you might not even be able to wait on overnight shipping.
What if something goes wrong? The fact is, mistakes happen at printers. We’ll even admit that we’ve made a mistake in the past, or the client has given us an older file that still has printing errors. If you take a look at your product and find a mistake, you can point it out right away. When that happens, we can get it fixed because we’re so close.
Now imagine you find a mistake on a project that you ordered online. If you’re in a hurry, you’re out of luck. First you have to get ahold of them to tell them about the mistake, then you have to convince them that your project is an actual emergency to your business. If they choose to reprint it right away, you run into a problem that we already talked about: shipping.
The idea of shopping local has a lot of advantages. First of all, you don’t have to worry about the energy it takes to ship everything to you. (There’s that pesky shipping again.)
Second, you’re supporting your local economy. When you choose our print shop for your printing services, you’re keeping your money local. Not only are your taxes going to support Fort Collins, Larimer County, and Colorado, but who knows…the money we pay our employees might actually go to paying for the services your business offers!
Ready To Get the Job Done Right?
If you’re looking for the best printing services around, contact Action Signs. Our local print shop is the perfect option when you want something done right, done fast, and done without shipping! Contact us today to get the process started.