October 16, 2013 8:09 AM Subscribe
A local non-profit I'm with holds monthly events and sells tickets. Right now the tickets are printed in bulk. We have full price tickets, student/senior tickets, and comp (free) tickets. We'd like to have more flexibility to introduce different price points as test runs and easily track how they go. We'd also like to be able to keep better tabs on the comp tickets, by differentiating tickets given to volunteers versus comp tickets given to sponsors, for example.
posted by jsturgill to technology (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Right now every kind of ticket in the same class is the same. That is, all regular tickets look alike, regardless of the event they're for. All comp tickets look alike, regardless of who they're given to.
I'm open to different suggestions, but the first thing that came to my mind was purchasing a printer and printing our own tickets for every show.
Here is what I'd like any system to have:
- The ticket will remain legible for several months (we give comp tickets to volunteers and want them to have the discretion to use them for different events)
- The ticket can include a grayscale image of the event poster (optional but preferred)
- Paper/stock that has some sort of antiforgery element (optional but preferred)
- Cost of less than 5 cents per ticket to print--the lower the (much) better
When I search for ticket printers, it seems as though most systems use thermal printing technology, which I understand is incredibly inexpensive but quick to deteriorate and capable only of monochrome black-and-white printing.
Any particular systems you can recommend? Print shops that can POD small runs of tickets for very, very little? Other ways to tackle this problem? Caveats? Etc?