Post # 1
I’m new at this so here goes….I just ordered a sample pocket/folder invitation from Cards and Pockets. I’m really excited for it to get there so I can start designing the invite. I have read several posts on the average price of postage for the folder invites but nothing about printing costs. If I’m printing them on my own laser printer what is the average ink cost per invite? I have to print the invitation, the outer envelope, three inserts (including the RSVP) and the RSVP envelope.
-The Future Mrs. McEwen
Post # 3
I suspect the cost will vary quite a bit based on your printer b/c cartridge prices vary a lot. In general, to be conservative, I would count each printing (invitation, outer, 3xinserts, rsvp env) as a separate printing, but maybe you could count each of the envelopes as half. So that means you’re printing 5 sheets per invite. Most toner cartridges have an estimate of how many pages they will print. So let’s pretend it’s 500. Then each cartridge will give you 100 invitations. The cost per invitation will the cost of the cartridge divided by 100…plus some amortized cost of the wear and tear on the printer itself which I expect will be small.
I don’t have a laser printer but am considering DIY at kinko’s…but I’m thinking it might in fact be cheaper to buy a laser printer and do it myself. Haven’t decided yet.
Post # 4
Just a FYI about printer cartridges. If you’re DIYing invites and printing them on your home printer, you can refill your ink cartridges at Walgreens instead of buying new ones. It costs $10 to refill a black cartridge and $15 to refill a color cartridge, which is much cheaper than buying an entirely new cartridge. I DIYed my save-the-dates and used Walgreens to refill, and they turned out great. I will do the same thing for my invitations and will print the invitations and four inserts. I’m estimating that I’ll need to refill the ink cartridge 2 or 3 times, so it shouldn’t cost me more than $45 total for printing. Hope this helps!
Post # 5
You may be better off going to Kinko’s and having it done, that is what I am doing. They said as long as I do all the formatting and bring it in on a disk it should only run about $60 I think. I can’t fit the paper into my printer cause it is too thick. Have you looked into the paper that you will be getting? I ordered mine and had them cut to a 5×7 and then I figured I would have Kinko’s cut them from there for the inserts. If you do this be advised that 5×7 does not fit. I wish I would have made them a 1/4 of an inch smaller. So after the pocket folds, envelopes to put them in, envelopes for rsvps, paper, and then printing it should run me about $300 for a 125 invited. So its like $2.50 an invite which I do not think is so bad when I see most of them going for at least $4-5. Hope this helps some!