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Ink cost per Square Foot?

Discussion in 'Sales, Marketing, Pricing Etc.' started by whgjettdesigns, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. whgjettdesigns

    whgjettdesigns Member

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    What is a good price to charge on ink per square foot. Im using a Mutoh Falcon Outdoor Junior. Which uses 220ml CMYK. Thanks for your input!!
     
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  2. Malkin

    Malkin Very Active Member

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    Anywhere from $4 to $25?

    Actually I'm not sure if I fully understand the question.
     
  3. CheapVehicleWrap

    CheapVehicleWrap Very Active Member

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    I don't sell my ink by the square foot.
     
  4. whgjettdesigns

    whgjettdesigns Member

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    im asking how much to add to my prints when i am figuring up the price.
     
  5. CheapVehicleWrap

    CheapVehicleWrap Very Active Member

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    Double+ your costs? What's your cost?
     
  6. whgjettdesigns

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    49.99 per cart.
     
  7. Malkin

    Malkin Very Active Member

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    Whatever you do, don't add on an "ink fee" as a separate line item on the bill, just make sure it's included in the cost of the item. It's just overhead.

    It would be like have an "egg fee" when getting an omelet at Denny's.
     
  8. whgjettdesigns

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    i wasn't planning on it lol!!! but how much per square foot should I add to my cost.
     
  9. WOODBS

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    i only had the whites though??
     
  10. cdiesel

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    Ink costs in the range of .04 to .50 per sq foot, depending on a million variables.

    Please do not figure the sales price of printed vinyl/banners/etc based on your costs.
     
  11. Malkin

    Malkin Very Active Member

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    Wasted Egg Fee - (2) $0.95 each


    (this forum is completely open to the public for viewing so info given might be limited...)
     
  12. Malkin

    Malkin Very Active Member

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    Technically that would be 100,000,000 variables...
     
  13. Border

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    Load a sh*tload of media into your printer with brand new cartidges and then rip and print another sh*tload of various files (ranging from heavy to light ink saturation) and print it all until your cartridges run dry... then throw it all in the trash and figure out what it cost you per square foot to do so. Subtract the cost per square foot of the media you just threw away and you will have your answer, give or take. Don't forget to add in the time it takes to deal with and make the [supplied] files actually printable.

    :toasting:
     
  14. Mosh

    Mosh Major Contributor

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    Ink is the least cost in the shop!!!! like $.35. So much so it is the last thing to consider!
    TIME should be up on top!
     
  15. ProWraps

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    i pay my rent in ink. or pencil. sometimes crayon if im really f*cked up. never blood though. ive heard about it, but it sounds painfull.
     
  16. john1

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    Take the cost of the ink and divide that number by the size of the ink cartridge
     
  17. Techman

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    Most printers average about two or three Milliliters / foot per color. 4 colors is about 12 - 16 mL's It's nothing. You waste more in priming your printer than you use in a roll of materials.

    Charge so much that ink is of no consequence. Ink should not even be a factor.
     
  18. heyskull

    heyskull Very Active Member

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    As everyone is saying.
    Ink is such a small part of material costs it is almost un-priceable.
    Also different types of prints use different amount of ink.

    SC

    P.S. You will always use more magenta!!!!....!!!!
     
  19. njshorts

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    This, and if you have Flexi 10 (possibly other programs as well) you can choose "Estimate" in production manager, it'll give you a good idea of what your ink costs are.
     
  20. Gabriel

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    In Romania the producers calculate the material 1-2 Euro. The costs for printing with Original ink depends on the quality of the print and is somewhere between 2.8 - 4,5 Euro / square meter. If you use third party inks, in much cheaper. So the production costs are somewhere between 5-6.5 Euros. One 440ml cartridge is 110-115 Euros.
    I don't know how much do you pay for the printing materials.
    When you give the final price to the cusomer, you should consider that you have to pay a lot of things :energy, the stuff in your company, printer usage, your time...etc.
    So...sell yourself wisely!!!!!
    You should really reconsider some alternative inks.
    I hope this is usefull to you.
     
  21. whgjettdesigns

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    thanks
     
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