When you’re searching for an online printing company, several questions come to mind. Simply opting for “printers near me” will yield several results.
However, you really don’t know what you’re going to get with these vague hunts for the potential ‘Golden Goose’ that may save you serious cash and stress.
Having worked in the print trade, and with several printers for over 20 years now, lead designer at Jelly Graphics & Marketing, Pete Cardwell recently struck gold with an online print company when he found getitprinted.com
We needed a good quality, reliable printer. getitprinted.com are fast, very flexible and based in the U.K. – unlike some of the online printers we’d come acrossPete – Jelly Graphics
“I needed a good, reliable and fast printing partner.” Pete said. “There have been several times a printing company have let us down. When my clients need a piece of artwork printing, we have a responsibility to ensure that the company we use are going to do the best job possible for our customers.”
Having used printing companies who specialise in digital printing and large format before, the Jelly Graphics team were keen to build a relationship with a company that can offer everything they need in one place.
We set up a meeting with Darren Bacon, MD at getitprinted.com to discuss our requirements.
Darren’s mantra is clear, “We want to offer the best in the business” and getitprinted.com lives up to this. Offering the full spectrum of everything digital print. The company has strong roots in the financial market and is dedicated to offering more than the typical European “cheap and nasty” setups.
Choosing a printer that can offer the plethora of services that suit your business is key. Jelly Graphics offer a range of services, many of which require fast turnaround, but more importantly, reliable service.
Reliable, fast printing?
With getitprinted.com we can place an order before 11am and collect later that day, or if time allows, we can have it delivered the next working day. Perfect.
Range of print Services?
Choose a printer that can offer everything you need. We more often than not, are placing jobs with less than one thousand copies – perfect for digital presses.
Although getitprinted.com are all digital, they have the latest SRA2 Konica Minolta KM1 at their plant in Hutton – this offers the closest to litho-quality currently available in the U.K. and the SRA2 flexibility means that larger jobs are now a possibility on digital machines. We insist that some jobs are printed on the KM1, and the team at getitprinted.com accommodate that. They place the job on the best machinery for the job.
getitprinted.com have produced roller banners, brochures, books and business cards for Jelly Graphics & Marketing. All at reasonable prices and in a timely fashion. They are fast, but do not rush the jobs out, instead they take care to ensure that everything is done right, first time.
I’ve collected print from their Hutton address, and even though I often call them up at five to five on a Friday, they always try to accommodate.
How to build a relationship with a printing company…
The key thing to do with any online printer that you’re looking to use is to speak to them, build a rapport and ensure that you can trust them. Always asked for their physical address and ensure they are based in the U.K.
If you’re buying online, there’s a wraith of unscrupulous companies who will look to scam you or take your money and run, or provide a poor level of service. Always ensure the company you use has the Padlock icon in the address bar as this indicates that they are more trustworthy than others as they have taken steps to verify their identity online.
Look for reviews. If the company doesn’t have real reviews from real people, run. Make sure the printer’s reviews are on a real platform and not just an image of made up quotes! Look for TrustPilot, Reevoo or similar and make sure that they are genuine. Assess any bad reviews to see if you agree with them, and the response from the printer…sometimes the reviews will be unreasonable! getitprinted.com have reviews posted on Google.
Trust is key
For the highest level of trust, an EV SSL certificate is a must-have. This will show in your browser with a green padlock and some info about the domain/company behind the website. To obtain an EV SSL the company must have written evidence of their existence, this is then verified by the SSL certificate provider to ensure it is true and accurate. An EV-SSL must be accompanied by Companies House registration, proof of a physical address, a letter from a registered lawyer and/or chartered accountant. These are then verified by an agency over the phone – so pretty rigorous and difficult to falsify!
Look at what’s on offer
When we found getitprinted.com on google, the first thing we did was read through their website and take a look at the services they offer. On the website it states that getitprinted.com do all their own printing, in house, on their own printing machines. This is important because if a print company is outsourcing work to another printing firm, then you have less chance of getting the quality and speed that is often of highest importance.
To Jelly Graphics & Marketing using a company based in the United Kingdom was of high importance. When the economy is the way it is currently, ask yourself if it’s really worth the risk of having your printed items produced outside of the U.K, when you can help to protect jobs? Often the price difference is negligible – especially when you add all the hidden extra costs to the advertised base-price.
Range of print services
It was important to us to find someone who can offer a wide range of services, under one roof, so we can have a good relationship with a printing company. That’s why we settled with getitprinted.com as they offer up to SRA2 digital inkjet printing for larger run, lithographic quality work. They have a range of SRA3 Konica Minolta laser printing machines – perfect for digital colour work such as flyers and mailers. They print envelopes. That was a win for us as we’ve struggled with an envelope printer in the past. getitprinted.com print 4 colour envelopes – that’s a good thing.
Being able to print onto a multitude of substrates means that getitprinted.com can produce everything from roller banners to canvas prints. Fairly standard nowadays, but the Epson large format machine they have is simply outstanding. As a photographer, Pete was blown away by the range of colours and the depth of the black details.
Large format display graphics
The company’s offices are full of images and examples of what they can do, with perspex printing and even print on glass! With every wall decorated with a different media.