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Printing / *Kwippy*

I'm trying to decide if it is more economical to print my invitations at home using my mom's color laser printer (would need to pay for ink, toner, and my time) or to take it to a professional printer (kinkos, best printing, office max, etc.).Has anyone had their DIY invitations professionally printed?  How much did it cost?  How was the quality?  Was it worth it?  For those on Oahu, which print shops would you recommend/not recommend?Kwippy, I remember you had some problems with your first printer and ended up going to another shop instead...which one did you go to and how did it turn out?TIA!
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    AngelshannAngelshann member
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    edited December 2011
    I designed and assembled my own pocketfold invites. I printed out a sample from my home computer (printer is a HP) and the quality was not good at all. So I searched for a professional printer that would print my invites for me. FedEx Kinko's would not print out my invites on cardstock that I provided. Instead they told me I would have to buy paper from them. Bummers!! I had already purchased all my paper from cardsandpockets so I had to find another printer company. I called Office Max in Honolulu said they would print out my invites for me on the cardstock that I supplied to them. So I saved my invites in PDF form on a thumb drive and took it to them. They printed out a sample of all the pieces I needed and it looked fantastic. Even my map and directions were so much clearer than when I printed it on my home computer. Office Max charged $0.59 each sheet of paper. I had 2 invites per sheet of cardstock. 4 RSVP's per sheet of cardstock, 3 additional information sheets per sheet of cardstock and 3 map/directions per sheet of cardstock. For me it was totally worth having my invites printed professionally. It saved me so much time!! And my invites looked fabulous! Also I had the printer cut my cardstock. so instead of me having to go home and cut out all the invites and other things...I had them do it. I forget how much they charged to do each cut though...but it was so worth it!!
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks, Shanon!  I tried printing at home and it turned out okay, but now I'm curious to see if the quality is even better if I do it professionally.  Maybe I'll go do a sample just to see.  I just bought my paper from cardsandpockets and paperandmore last night.  I'm printing on metallic linen, which isn't the easiest to work with, but I love the texture :)Which Office Max did you go to?  Were they pretty accurate with their cutting?  Do you happen to remember how much B&W prints cost?
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    JanineRMJanineRM member
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    edited December 2011
    Hello!I had my invites printed at the downtown HonBlue. I took them the paper, gave them a disk with the PDF and voila! My invites and STDs turned out so nice! The colors really popped. For my invites (which they are cut/trimmed), it was around $20-25 for 50 sheets of letter sized paper.
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    kwippykwippy member
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    edited December 2011
    Hey Jamie, I went with Exact Printing right across the street from Casablanca's on Beretania and printed roughly 120 pages cut into 4 per page for $45.  Here is the contact info: 2073 S Beretania StHonolulu, HI 96826(808) 953-2330 I'd also look into Janine's recc'd printers since that is an extremely reasonable price.  Good luck and facebook me if you have any other questions!
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    edited December 2011
    Thanks, ladies!  I will check them out!
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