What's Not a Good Fit?
Not everything is good to buy from overseas; there are many exceptions.
Timing has always been and always will be Enemy #1 for overseas printing. When you are running on a short schedule, or there's not enough built-in flexibility on deadlines, overseas printing may not be the best choice. More »
Despite the fact that higher volume usually is a good indicator to go overseas. Web printing is the one single exception. For jobs with simple postpress, there is still a net saving albeit very small...
Small quantity is definitely not a good fit for overseas. Cost of shipping will easily be higher than the printing itself. There are some exceptions, but this is true for most run-of-the-mill print jobs. More »
If a job is needed in a few days, your local printer will be the guy. Shipping time is easily double or triple production time. International express delivery will likely be more costly than the job itself.
Jobs that require very little postpress work, such as flyers, maps, etc, are not a good fit for overseas. As a rule of thumb, the more complicated the postpress work, especially those that require manual labor, the more savings you'll get.