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ScratchCrab

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Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Fri, 02/3/12 12:56 PM (permalink)
Hello everyone. I am new here and was just wondering if anyone knew of a good printing company that prints menus for cheap?
 
Thanks
 
If I am posting this in the wrong thread please let me know.
 
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    6star

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    Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Fri, 02/3/12 1:18 PM (permalink)
    Welcome to Roadfood ScratchCrab!
     
    If you have a printer with your home computer, that would be the very cheapest way to do it.  If you have MS Publisher (or MS Word) you could design the menu there.  I have self-published a 104 page book with 130 pictures using MS Publisher, so I know it can be done.  If that won't work for you, perhaps some of our members in California could refer you to a cheap local printer.
     
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      felix4067

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      Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Fri, 02/3/12 1:44 PM (permalink)
      Doing it yourself is obviously the cheapest way to go. But if you want them done professionally, your best bet is to hit the phone book and call local print shops to see what they charge.
       
      Be aware, however, that often in printing you get what you pay for. Make sure they don't use cheap paper, make sure they are willing to work with you on design, and if you want them laminated make sure you see work they've done before.
       
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        joclyn

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        Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Fri, 02/3/12 7:03 PM (permalink)
        you can easily do them yourself at home :)
         
        word has templates for menus or you could use powerpoint or publisher.  i would think wordperfect would also have templates for menus.  you could also probably use the 'open office' products as well.
         
        most printers can handle paper that's a little on the heavier side if you wanted to use heavier stock or, if these are going to fold (either in half or thirds) regular 20# paper is all you'd need and you can easily get colored paper at any office supply store for a reasonable price.
         
        pictures and/or graphics are no issue either as you can insert either in the documents created with the above mentioned software.
         
        and most printers these days, if color, can print the pics very nicely!
         
        only reason to pay a company to do them for you is if you need special paper (over sized, for example) or if you want them to coated with something (just glossy or fully laminated).
         
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          mar52

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          Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Fri, 02/3/12 7:09 PM (permalink)
          Welcome!
           
          Have you tried Kinko's?
           
          I'd print them myself or let Kinko's do it.... then I'd have them laminated so you can wipe them clean.
           
          Santa Monica?  I hope you're opening up a Maryland Crab Company like the one in Santa Monica many years ago.
           
          Again...  Welcome to Roadfood!
           
          #5
            wheregreggeats.com

            Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Fri, 02/3/12 9:47 PM (permalink)
            as a consumer, don't over do it ... you don't want an menu that looks like denny's, applebees, ihop, tg ... (well you get my point)
             
             
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              bartl

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              Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Sun, 02/5/12 4:13 PM (permalink)
              Several other tips:
              1) If you want to change menus frequently (like daily special menus), consider getting a laser printer. They are cheaper in the long run, and are better for everything but photo printing.
               
              2) If you want the menus to last, you can get a Scotch laminator for $20-30, and the lamination packets are about 50 cents each.
               
              3) I saw some glossy brochure paper at Staples for about 14 cents a sheet (laser) or 23 cents a sheet (inkjet; told you laser was cheaper!). Not sure of the quality.
               
              4) If you have trouble with design, there are often plenty of art or design students who want something they can put on their resume.
               
              Bart
               
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                mar52

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                Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Sun, 02/5/12 7:36 PM (permalink)
                They've not logged back in since posting this question.  Odd.
                 
                But, there is good information here to be had by others.
                 
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                  BackRhodes

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                  Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Sun, 02/5/12 7:59 PM (permalink)
                  Yeah...only 1 post...
                   
                  I'd suggest avoiding a typeface that is NOT really small and hard to read, and avoid putting type over an image making it too hard to read ...
                  <message edited by BackRhodes on Sun, 02/5/12 8:02 PM>
                   
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                    Treetop Tom

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                    Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Mon, 02/6/12 12:48 PM (permalink)
                    mar52


                    They've not logged back in since posting this question.  Odd.

                    But, there is good information here to be had by others.

                     
                    BackRhodes

                     
                    Yeah...only 1 post...
                     



                    Why is that odd?  You don't have to be logged in to read the responses.  Eventhough I read these boards almost every day, it may be days or weeks between logging in.  It's those kind of "innocuous" comments that turn people off to this board, IMO. 

                    I had good luck with a print job done by my local Staples - very quick and inexpensive for a good quality product.
                    <message edited by Treetop Tom on Mon, 02/6/12 1:01 PM>
                     
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                      chewingthefat

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                      Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Mon, 02/6/12 5:18 PM (permalink)
                      I just had 2000 To Go Menus printed by Staples, $160.00 or $140.00 for the whole lot.
                      If your looking for a fancy graphic, something unique and don't want to do it yourself, there are probably 35,000,000 Graphic Designers in Venice or Santa Monica waiting to hear from you. Google!
                       
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                        bartl

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                        Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Mon, 02/6/12 10:06 PM (permalink)
                        If you go to Staples, Kinkos, etc., here's a VERY important consideration, learned the hard way by a number of people, all of whom (except for me) were warned: If you have multiple pages, then make sure you treat each page as a separate job. I used to volunteer at a place which put out a multi-page  8.5 x 5.5 inch booklet about 3 times a year, about 2500 copies. When the price of printing started to skyrocket, we figured out that it was cheaper to buy a folding machine, a saddle stitch stapler, have Staples make the copies and pay somebody $10 an hour to fold, collate and staple the copies together (that folding machine was fun to use, though). Well, the first time we tried it out, Staples made several mistakes on the pages, in spite of the fact that we had made mock-ups. When I stopped preparing the program, I warned the next person, who ignored me, and Staples made several mistakes on the pages, in spite of the fact that he made mock-ups. From what I've been told, this happened to the next guy, and the next guy, and the next guy after that, until the organization got a heavy duty duplex copying machine and started doing their own duplicating, too.
                         
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                          mar52

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                          Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Mon, 02/6/12 10:27 PM (permalink)

                          Why is that odd? You don't have to be logged in to read the responses. Eventhough I read these boards almost every day, it may be days or weeks between logging in. It's those kind of "innocuous" comments that turn people off to this board, IMO.
                           
                           
                           
                          I guess I expect too much when someone requests help and then others take the time to help.
                           
                          Like a thank you or that's interesting or I've already tried those or just some sort of comment that lets us know that our effort was not for naught.
                           
                           
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                            Treetop Tom

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                            Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 11:56 AM (permalink)
                            mar52



                            Why is that odd? You don't have to be logged in to read the responses. Eventhough I read these boards almost every day, it may be days or weeks between logging in. It's those kind of "innocuous" comments that turn people off to this board, IMO.
                             


                            I guess I expect too much when someone requests help and then others take the time to help.

                            Like a thank you or that's interesting or I've already tried those or just some sort of comment that lets us know that our effort was not for naught.


                            Guess I thought the whole reason for these boards was to share information, without expectation of any recompense.  Still think its kind of harsh to label a new poster's behavior as "odd" because they don't live up to your expectations.  But I guess I expect too much from some people.
                            <message edited by Treetop Tom on Tue, 02/7/12 12:43 PM>
                             
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                              Michael Hoffman

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                              Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 12:33 PM (permalink)
                              Treetop Tom


                              mar52



                              Why is that odd? You don't have to be logged in to read the responses. Eventhough I read these boards almost every day, it may be days or weeks between logging in. It's those kind of "innocuous" comments that turn people off to this board, IMO.
                               


                              I guess I expect too much when someone requests help and then others take the time to help.

                              Like a thank you or that's interesting or I've already tried those or just some sort of comment that lets us know that our effort was not for naught.


                              Guess I thought the whole reason for these boards was to share information, without expectation of any recompense.  Still think its kind of harsh to label a new poster as "odd" because they don't live up to your expectations.  But I guess I expect too much from some people.

                              She didn't label the poster as odd. She said she thought it odd that someone would ask for information and then not respond.
                               
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                                Treetop Tom

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                                Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 12:53 PM (permalink)
                                Michael Hoffman


                                Treetop Tom


                                mar52



                                Why is that odd? You don't have to be logged in to read the responses. Eventhough I read these boards almost every day, it may be days or weeks between logging in. It's those kind of "innocuous" comments that turn people off to this board, IMO.
                                 


                                I guess I expect too much when someone requests help and then others take the time to help.

                                Like a thank you or that's interesting or I've already tried those or just some sort of comment that lets us know that our effort was not for naught.


                                Guess I thought the whole reason for these boards was to share information, without expectation of any recompense.  Still think its kind of harsh to label a new poster's behavior as "odd" because they don't live up to your expectations.  But I guess I expect too much from some people.

                                She didn't label the poster as odd. She said she thought it odd that someone would ask for information and then not respond.

                                Perhaps "eMARly Post" should write a message board etiquette sticky that we can make required reading for all new posters.  "Acknowledgements must be sent within 24 hours or your behavior will be considered odd" etc.
                                 
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                                  Michael Hoffman

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                                  Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 12:57 PM (permalink)
                                  As my grandchildren are wont to say -- Whatever
                                   
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                                    Treetop Tom

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                                    Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 1:25 PM (permalink)
                                    Michael Hoffman


                                    As my grandchildren are wont to say -- Whatever

                                    Odd.
                                     
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                                      easydoesit

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                                      Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 4:11 PM (permalink)
                                      Frankly, I'm liking the feistiness I'm seeing from some 'newer' or 'younger' posters here lately.  It's called 'pushback' in the business world.
                                       
                                      It might be what this site needs.
                                       
                                      Interesting that the 'regulars' who ignored the 'newbies' have their own posting rules that the newbies must live up to. 
                                       
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                                        easydoesit

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                                        Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 4:14 PM (permalink)
                                        Sorry again for another post, but yes I do agree with Mar that common courtesy is a reasonable expectation.
                                         
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                                          mar52

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                                          Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 4:19 PM (permalink)
                                          Did anyone read my first post on this thread?  I welcomed him twice AND offered information.  Then I tried to make it a little more personal by asking him a question.
                                           
                                          Is that so terrible?  My odd comment stands as I really thought I'd see a response, not what followed.
                                           
                                          I have no posting rules but sometimes I expect too much.
                                           
                                           
                                           
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                                            easydoesit

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                                            Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 4:29 PM (permalink)
                                            Mar, I  say honestly I would not want to attack you, I have always enjoyed your posts, and I see you as as a person without a mean bone in her body.  I would like to know you, and help you with those condo stinker neighbors, and eat some of your delicious concoctions with you.
                                             
                                            If I came across too pointed, really, I was aiming at some others that truly do dominate this site.  I don't understand why they dominate, but their negativity has been keeping me away, and we know that's true for others.
                                             
                                             
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                                              mar52

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                                              Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 4:59 PM (permalink)
                                              Thanks, easydoesit.  
                                               
                                              I posted before your second post.
                                               
                                              I hope the original poster comes back because I can always use a new place to eat.
                                               
                                              As far as the meanies, I don't really see them.  I do see some know-it-alls, but everyone has something they believe they know everything about.  Sometimes its just not true.  
                                               
                                              One of the problems that add to the phenomena of the "dominators" is that the ratio of readers to posters here is way off.  If more people took the time to post, whatever it is...  the same names showing up over and over again wouldn't stand out so much.
                                               
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                                                easydoesit

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                                                Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 5:36 PM (permalink)
                                                Mar, really, you don't see them?  Did you see all the posters that have quit because of them?  And some really good ones?
                                                 
                                                Nasty comments, insults, and unrelenting too  -- you didn't see that?  It's been going on for years.
                                                 
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                                                  mar52

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                                                  Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 5:49 PM (permalink)
                                                  Oh, I see them but I ignore most of them.  I didn't mean they didn't exist.
                                                   
                                                  There's more good here than bad.
                                                   
                                                  I just wouldn't let anyone run me off if I enjoyed it somewhere.
                                                   
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                                                    chewingthefat

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                                                    Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 8:50 PM (permalink)
                                                    easydoesit


                                                    Mar, really, you don't see them?  Did you see all the posters that have quit because of them?  And some really good ones?

                                                    Nasty comments, insults, and unrelenting too  -- you didn't see that?  It's been going on for years.

                                                    Really? You have been here nearly 5 years, zero record of topics posted, and your throwing bricks at the folks that keep this board alive...AMAZING!

                                                     
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                                                      Greymo

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                                                      Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 9:00 PM (permalink)
                                                      BINGO!
                                                       
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                                                        dimmie2

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                                                        Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Tue, 02/7/12 10:25 PM (permalink)
                                                        chewingthefat

                                                        Really? You have been here nearly 5 years, zero record of topics posted, and your throwing bricks at the folks that keep this board alive...AMAZING!

                                                        Does it really matter if a member starts topics? 
                                                        I've been a member a little over a year and I've not started any topics.  I didn't realize it was a requirement for membership.
                                                         
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                                                          easydoesit

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                                                          Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Wed, 02/8/12 1:15 AM (permalink)
                                                          I have been here longer than you, chewingthefat, but then I don't have a business to promote, nor interest in some of the topics that you seem to enjoy, because, like some others, I too thought this place was to be mainly about food.
                                                           
                                                          But I have also watched the bullies at work time and again, and been on receiving end of the Snidelys myself, early on in my joining here.
                                                           
                                                          That is why I said in another post that this has been going on for years, and that's why I haven't been posting.
                                                           
                                                          But I have been trying of late, including responding to your posts.  Is an attitude what I get back?
                                                           
                                                          What a surprise.
                                                           
                                                           
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                                                            easydoesit

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                                                            Re:Does anyone know where to get cheap menus printed? Wed, 02/8/12 1:42 AM (permalink)
                                                            And Bingo-lady is no surprise either.
                                                             
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