An Indie Comedian’s Guide To Fringe Flyer Printing.

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An Indie Comedian’s Guide To Fringe Flyer Printing.

FULL DISCLOSURE

This blog post took me about 15 hours to compose. This includes time to ring all these companies to get their most up-to-date prices, some discount codes and offers. 

My main reason for it was I couldn’t find a “go compare” site for printing firms. And frankly thought it would be mad that every performer I knew would waste the same amount of time I would finding out the prices from each company  and then deciding who to go with. 

Every link on this page is an affiliate (Wiki explanation). Basically it means if you buy your printing by clicking through a link (or including a discount code listed on this page) I get about £1 per order. This isn’t going to make me rich, but it might help me claw back some of the time I took to compose this and if my work saves you 4 hours of research and effort, £1 from the company (not you, the cost for you doesn’t go up) seems reasonable to me. So, if you like what I’ve done and want to support me doing this every year. Please use the links / codes below when buying your prints. If nobody does it, this resource won’t exist in the future because (as an indie comedian) I am essentially a 1-man business and I could easily have spent those 15 hours+ writing jokes, emailing bookers etc etc. 

How many flyers should I print?

There’s no hard-and-fast rule for how many flyers to print. I’ve my own methods for working it out (formula below) which I’ve used for every Edinburgh / Festival I’ve taken part in (so far 3, by the end of this year that’ll be up to 5). Ultimately it’s up to you, but for me, I like to be environmentally aware and not go over the top – If anything, I’d rather run out a few days early as if your show is doing well you can always order more on a rush delivery OR word-of-mouth should help you get people in. Here’s my formula – 

(The number of days you’re going to be performing X (the number of seats in your venue X the number of people flyering)) X 3

So for me I am doing the full run at Edinburgh (23 days), my venue seats 50 people and I am the only person flyering. For me –

(23 days X (50 seats X 1 me)) X 3 = 3450

I’ll then round this up to either 3,500 or 4,000 depending on my budget etc.

How many posters should I print?

No idea. It comes down to how many you think you can find space for in venues around the city your Fringe is taking place in.

Donate?

If you appreciate my work as one of the admins of The Comedy Collective, host of the Ask The Industry Podcast and blogger of “how indie comedians can do the Fringe” (an on-going series of which this post is part of) and you think £1 is not enough for the time / effort I’ve saved you, you can click the paypal button and fire me over some cold hard cash. 

Only do it if you can, and you don’t have to do it right away. Wait until Pay Day and decide what you think my work is worth. £1? £2? £5? My content is free but my time is not and although I loved making this, I need to make it work to continue making (what I think is) useful content I can’t find elsewhere.





Things you should know about printing

When I first went to Edinburgh and had to get flyers made nobody told me anything about how it worked. It sounds simple, but there’s a whole side to it which I had to learn. Here’s a very top line guide to getting your design printed – 

There’s only three things to consider when getting anything printed:

Weight of paper – This is important because you’ll be carrying around a lot of flyers all the time. And if you have a bad shoulder (as I do) you’ll not want to aggravate it by carrying more than you have to. Also, the lower the weight of paper the lower the quality of print (generally). But go higher than 300 gsm and the quality levels out for most “punters” who can’t tell the difference. If you want to learn more about this here’s a link to the Wikipedia link that explains more. 

Page Size – The bigger the page, the bigger the printer, the more it’ll cost to get printed. Simple. So if you order 10,000 A4  flyers it’ll cost you less than 10,000 A3 flyers. The scale goes from A8 (smallest) to A1 (largest). You can learn more about paper sizes on this Wikipedia entry.

Quantity – The more you get printed the more paper the company has to use the more it’ll cost you. Simple. I’m not going to patronise you by explaining this one in more detail.

Please be aware that in the past week I’ve learned printing companies run on very small margins and as a result all of their rates are very similar, so it might be worth going with the one you trust and like the look of. Unless you’re ordering 100,000+ prints you’re unlikely to get a bigger discount than the rates below.

Extra info.

All prices include VAT and are based around the “standard” delivery for the company (I’ve included what the means where possible). The charts are broken down by paper size and so I’ve made it for 300 gsm (see above) for all paper. If you scroll all the way down to the bottom there’s a delivery chart which will tell you which festivals the company will deliver to (although if you’re sending a few thousand print outs to a bar / pub / club you will need / want to email or contact the venue first just so they know and say it’s ok to do so. In my experience it’s easiest to get your printing sent to your Fringe venue, but sometimes things go wrong and they don’t arrive and you’re up shit creek. 

And now to the charts…

One last thing…

Some of the printing companies below don’t have affiliate schemes so have asked me to ask you to enter the following code in your “promotional code” just before you buy. This way they’ll know your order came from me and I’ll get a small cut for my troubles. If you appreciate my work on this or any other project, please use these codes.

COMPANY – TENFOLD

CODE TO USE – TCC_CAM_15

 

COMPANY – Comedy Printer

CODE TO USE – SC05

Flyers
A4 double sided
Quantity Comedy Printer Moo.com Pixartprinting FringePrinting Tenfold / Fringe Print Shop  
1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
25 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
50 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
100 N/A N/A £24.74 N/A N/A  
250 N/A N/A £30.91 N/A N/A  
500 N/A N/A £41.20 N/A N/A  
1000 N/A N/A £61.78 N/A N/A  
2500 N/A N/A £156.49 N/A N/A  
5000 N/A N/A £284.11 N/A N/A  
7500 N/A N/A £388.12 N/A N/A  
10000 N/A N/A £495.68 N/A N/A  
             
A5 double sided
Quantity Comedy Printer Moo.com Pixartprinting FringePrinting Tenfold / Fringe Print Shop  
1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
25 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
50 N/A £35.99 N/A N/A N/A  
100 N/A £59.98 £20.63 N/A N/A  
250 N/A £83.99 £23.71 N/A N/A  
500 N/A £96.00 £28.85 N/A £90.00  
1000 £90.00 £120 £39.14 N/A £120.00  
2500 £97.50 £223 £86.49 N/A £130.00  
5000 £120 £396 £154.43. 89 £160.00  
7500 N/A £589.32 £207.54 N/A £245.00  
10000 £195 £780 £263.24 189 £280.00  
             
A6 double sided
Quantity Comedy Printer Moo.com Pixartprinting FringePrinting Tenfold / Fringe Print Shop  
1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
25 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
50 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
100 N/A N/A £18.56 N/A N/A  
250 N/A N/A £20.11 N/A N/A  
500 N/A N/A £22.67 N/A £65.00  
1000 £56.25 N/A £27.82 N/A £75.00  
2500 £63.75 N/A £43.25 N/A £85.00  
5000 £80 N/A £85.46 65 £95.00  
7500 N/A N/A £103.78 N/A £145.00  
10000 £120 N/A £143.17 125 £160.00  
             
A7 double sided
Quantity Comedy Printer Moo.com Pixartprinting FringePrinting Tenfold / Fringe Print Shop  
1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
25 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
50 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
100 N/A N/A £18.56 N/A N/A  
250 N/A N/A £20.11 N/A N/A  
500 N/A N/A £22.67 N/A N/A  
1000 N/A N/A £27.82 N/A N/A  
2500 N/A N/A £43.25 N/A N/A  
5000 N/A N/A £85.46 N/A N/A  
7500 N/A N/A £103.76 N/A N/A  
10000 N/A N/A £143.17 N/A N/A  

 

Posters
A4
Quantity Comedy Printer Moo.com Pixartprinting FringePrinting Tenfold / Fringe Print Shop  
1 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
10 N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A  
25 N/A N/A N/A N/A £25.00  
50 N/A N/A N/A N/A £35.00  
100 N/A N/A £22.68 N/A £50.00  
250 N/A N/A £24.74 N/A £60.00  
500 N/A N/A £30.91 60 £70.00  
1000 N/A N/A £41.20 80 £90.00  
2500 N/A N/A £61.78 N/A £110.00  
5000 N/A N/A £156.49 N/A N/A  
7500 N/A N/A £284.11 N/A N/A  
10000 N/A N/A £388.12 N/A N/A  
             
A3
Quantity Comedy Printer Moo.com Pixartprinting FringePrinting Tenfold / Fringe Print Shop  
1   N/A N/A N/A N/A  
10 £20 N/A N/A N/A N/A  
25 £26.25 N/A N/A N/A £35.00  
50 £33.75 N/A N/A N/A £45.00  
100 £45 N/A £32.86 N/A £60.00  
250 £75 N/A £32.98 70 N/A  
500 £90 N/A £45.32 75 £135.00  
1000 £101.25 N/A £65.90 100 N/A  
2500 N/A N/A £123.54 N/A N/A  
5000 N/A N/A £288.23 N/A N/A  
7500 N/A N/A £535.22 N/A N/A  
10000 N/A N/A £730.05 N/A N/A  
             
A2
Quantity Comedy Printer Moo.com Pixartprinting FringePrinting Tenfold / Fringe Print Shop  
1 N/A N/A N/A N/A £20.00  
10 N/A N/A N/A N/A £125.00  
25 N/A N/A N/A N/A £155.00  
50 N/A N/A N/A N/A £175.00  
100 £86.25 N/A £74.15 N/A £185.00  
250 £93.75 N/A £131.79 120 N/A  
500 £112.50 N/A £247.08 150 £215.00  
1000 £165 N/A £543.47 200 N/A  
2500 N/A N/A £1,020.92 N/A N/A  
5000 N/A N/A £1,413.90 N/A N/A  
7500 N/A N/A £1,859.53 N/A N/A  
10000 N/A N/A £2,766.19 N/A N/A  
Packages
         
Comedy Printer
Fringe Package 1 1000 A6 250gsm Glossy Flyers 50 A3 Posters   £75
Fringe Package 2 2500 A6 250gsm Glossy Flyers 25 A3 Posters   £75
Fringe Package 3 10000 A6 250gsm Glossy Flyers 100 A3 Posters   £142.50
Fringe Package 4 10000 A6 250gsm Glossy Flyers 100 A3 Posters 250 A2 Posters £225
Fringe Package 5 5000 A5 250gsm Glossy Flyers 100 A3 Posters   £142.50
Fringe Package 6 5000 A5 250gsm Glossy Flyers 250 A2 Posters   £187.50
Fringe Package 7 10000 A5 250gsm Glossy Flyers 500 A2 Posters   £300
Ultimate Fringe Package 5000 A6 250gsm Glossy Flyers 50 A3 Posters   £89
Comedy Printer    
Budget Brighton 500 A5 130gsm 25 A3 Posters   £79 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_BTN_15
Mini Brighton 500 A6 Flyers 50 A3 or 1250 A6 Posters 25 A3 Posters £99 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_BTN_15
Midsized Brighton 2500 A6 Flyers 50 A3 Posters   £110 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_BTN_15
Ultimate Brighton 5000 A6 Flyer 100 A3 Posters   £125 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_BTN_15
             
Mini Edinburgh 500 A6 Flyers 50 A3 or 1250 A6 25 A3 Posters £99 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_BTN_15
Ultimete Edinburgh 5000 A6 Flyers 100 A3 Posters   £125 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_BTN_15
Midsized Edinburgh 2500 A6 Flyers 50 A3 Posters   £110 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_BTN_15
Massive Edinburgh 5000 A5 Flyers 100 A3 Posters   £190 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_BTN_15
Maximum Edinburgh 10,000 A6 Flyers 100 A3 Posters   £190 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_BTN_15
             
Camden Econemy Package 500 A6 130gsm 25 A3 Posters   £69 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_CAM_15
Camden Budget Package 500 A5 130gsm 25 A3 Posters   £79 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_CAM_15
Mini Camden Package 500 A6 Flyers 50 A3 or 1250 A6 Posters 25 A3 Posters £99 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_CAM_15
Ultimate Camden Package 2500 A6 Flyers 50 A3 Posters   £110 FREE DELIEVERY CODE = TCC_CAM_15
             
Fringe Printing FOR THIS DEAL YOU WILL NEED TO CONTACT ANDI VIA EMAIL OR PHONE. IT’S EXCLUSIVE AND NOT ON THE WEBSITE.
Fringe Shoe String Package 500 A6 Promocards – 350gsm 25 A3 Posters – 150gsm   £90
Fringe Essential 5000 A6 Promocards – 350gsm 100 A3 Posters – 150gsm   £115
Fringe Big Package 5000 A5 Promocards – 350gsm 100 A3 Posters – 150gsm   £165
Fringe Epic Package 10000 A6 Promocards – 350gsm 100 A3 Posters – 150gsm   £180 andi@cannprint.com  07838 193332

 

 

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Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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