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11348Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: OT: Print estimate software?

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  • Scott Rubel
    Jan 23, 2010
      Often, even with software, by the time you've estimated a job this
      way and that way and three more what-if's, you've spent more time on
      the estimate than on the job itself.

      Software should help, but I've found that a flat rate that's easy for
      anyone to calculate encourages quicker decisions by the customer.
      which I believe is saving me time.


      On Jan 23, 2010, at 10:07 AM, typetom@... wrote:

      > For a completely different approach to print estimates:
      > I use a flat rate based solely on how many set-ups or print-runs are
      > involved. My time is in the set up, not the number of copies; I
      > have to mix and
      > match ink, and clean the press, in any case. Use of hand-set type
      > or the
      > cost for making photopolymer plates are included as well -
      > essentially a
      > trade-off of pleasures and expenses either way, which I'd rather
      > not calculate.
      > Over time and numerous jobs, it all balances out ok, some things
      > involving
      > more effort, some less.
      > Of course the cost of paper stock is separate and depends on
      > quantity and
      > the actual cost of the paper involved. Any shipping is extra at cost.
      > If I'm unhappy with the way this works for me, then I would need
      > to adjust
      > the rate to make it feel right. I have saved hours, if not months,
      > of time
      > and bookkeeping frustration by this approach. No software necessary.
      > Enjoy,
      > Tom
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