Online print job
July 26, 2012 9:07 PM   Subscribe

I'm interested in printing some color documents. I can go to my local UPS store, but I'm curious whether there are good options online so I don't have to go to the store. Do you know of reliable and reasonably priced (including shipping) vendors who do this service of printing a document and shipping to you?
posted by lirael2008 to Computers & Internet (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I think FedEx does that. My guess would be that it's not as cost effective as going to a FedEx/Kinko's store, though.

They seem to be marketing the service more towards telecommuters and business travelers. The idea being that you could print and have the documents shipped directly to, say, the Home Office, rather than scooping them out of your home printer, tossing them in an envelope, and FedExing them there yourself. Or print from the airport and have your documents arrive at the office where your big presentation is actually going to happen, rather than having to finish your work several days before the presentation and schlep the materials yourself.

As someone who does the "print document and fedex it across the country" workflow a lot, I can see how that would be convenient. But for things I want on hand right here? I'd rather go to Kinko's here and have it in twenty minutes as opposed to tomorrow.
posted by Sara C. at 9:48 PM on July 26, 2012

Depending on what kind of printing you're looking for Digital Room might do. I've had them print postcards and they've been good, reliable, and cheap.
posted by Levi Stahl at 6:17 AM on July 27, 2012

When I do printing with my local print shop, they deliver to me. I don't know if there's a minimum but when I did my biz cards ($180) they dropped them off. I also do printing with a large format printer (architectural sheets) and those get delivered if I want. However, I think there's a fee for that for low amounts.
posted by amanda at 7:46 AM on July 27, 2012

Yeah, if we're talking about something like business cards, brochures, unusual sizes, and the like, the printer will usually deliver or ship to you rather than requiring you to go there.

But if you're talking about, like, you want to print a google map in color so that it's easier to read the map? Just go to your local copy place. Anything else is going to be expensive and have a long lead time.
posted by Sara C. at 8:19 AM on July 27, 2012

Oh I wanted to print a "book"--an almost 100 page pdf of craft projects and instructions. Copyright is not an issue because I'm allowed to print for personal use, but I just don't want to use my color printer for so many pages!
posted by lirael2008 at 1:50 PM on August 2, 2012

That might be worth using FedEx print & ship service for, if you'd rather pay for shipping than whatever the negligible cost of taking a thumb drive to Kinko's would be.
posted by Sara C. at 2:03 PM on August 2, 2012

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