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Chopper's Saturday Hypothetical Question--Print a Newspaper?
Posted by: chopper
Date: March 25, 2023 11:29AM
Okay, so say you want to print a newspaper in 2023. I know, I know.

Is there a reasonably cheap printer available that would print in some kind of tabloid style, AND fold it, like say a store circular size publication? Think like a small Menards circular. 8 pages, black and white and color, maybe 500 copies.
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Re: Chopper's Saturday Hypothetical Question--Print a Newspaper?
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: March 25, 2023 11:52AM
No. Not if you want the quality of a real Sunday circular.

Used web printers easily cost $20K and up, take up a space that would fill a room, and should be run by an experienced pressman. The inks are highly volatile.

A good Xerox or Epson toner-based press that can print and fold to approximate the same type of publication would start around $25,000... Maybe $7-10K for a good used one that's pushing 10 years old and needs work. You'd need an ongoing service contract (runs about $3-10K per year depending on all sorts of factors) as the maintenance is tough. And supplies are very expensive.







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Re: Chopper's Saturday Hypothetical Question--Print a Newspaper?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: March 25, 2023 12:07PM
There are print SHOPS that can, and do, print them....
I looked into it about 10 years ago for a newsletter. Turned out, the minimum volume I could find was about double our distribution (I think the minimum was around 300 copies?)

If you want 500 copies, that should totally be findable! Some places even offered doing the address printing and bulk mailing...

Wish I could be more helpful, but it was a long time ago that I looked at it.



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Re: Chopper's Saturday Hypothetical Question--Print a Newspaper?
Posted by: kurtzie
Date: March 25, 2023 12:13PM
Google Newsletter Printing.

One example

Or if you have a local commercial printer, they should have a digital press that can handle doing runs of 500.

It will be nicer/highr quality than the newsprint of Sunday Circular.

Steve
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Re: Chopper's Saturday Hypothetical Question--Print a Newspaper?
Posted by: Tiangou
Date: March 25, 2023 12:14PM
Now I feel bad.

Should have said that.

Support your local print shops!



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Re: Chopper's Saturday Hypothetical Question--Print a Newspaper?
Posted by: Paul F.
Date: March 25, 2023 12:32PM
I found the thread from 2013 where I asked about printing a magazine... some crossover in printing shops, etc.

No idea if those sites/businesses still exist, but, hopefully there's something useful there for you.

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Persistence is necessary for Excellence. And Persistence is a Decision.

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Re: Chopper's Saturday Hypothetical Question--Print a Newspaper?
Posted by: btfc
Date: March 25, 2023 01:37PM
If there’s a local publication that you like the look of, check with them.

A couple papers that I used to work for would do such small runs.
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Re: Chopper's Saturday Hypothetical Question--Print a Newspaper?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: March 25, 2023 03:55PM
A good D-size page inkjet printer is ~$1400 (not including rolls of paper and ink, at least 50% bas selling it when done). 26 seconds per page using a roll of paper. Just need to figure out how many would fit on a roll. Double the amount of time to print on the reverse side. Hire a friend's kid or a friendly high school kid to do the manual work.

To get a reasonable estimate of the cost, figure out the cost of consumables and time to assemble, then triple it.



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