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Amanda Schauer
November 17, 2020

Cheap Printing Near Me: Is it Better?

Header-Oct-22-2020-06-42-00-04-PMOnline Printing Services vs. Local Printing Services

You are looking at creating a print product. Whether it’s a brochure, booklet, coloring book, or flyer, you have an important decision to make. Do you go with a local printing service or an online printing service? How are you supposed to know which one is best? These are the questions that we are looking to answer for you today. To decide what kind of printing service is right for you, we need to lay out the pros and cons for each kind of service. There is no clear answer; it just comes down to what is important to you.

Advantages Overview







Online Printing Services


Local Printing Services

Time & Energy Efficiency

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Frequent Discounts & Specials

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Mailing Services


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Printing Resources (Blog, 24/7 Help Center, Templates, Design Tools, etc)

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Saves Customers’ Time and Energy

Saves-time-and-moneyChoosing to print online can save you time and energy because you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to get your project started. You don’t have to make multiple trips to a brick-and-mortar store for every step in your printing process; you just need an internet connection and computer (or phone). Printing with an online printing service can get you your product within 3 business days after proof approval; desktop to doorstep with no hassle!

Most Affordable

Since online printing services take more orders, that means that they have optimized their processes to be super-efficient so that they can print as many orders as possible in a shorter amount of time. This saves you, the customer, money because online printing services can pass those savings onto you. Even though when you choose to print online you have to pay a shipping fee, the price of the product and shipping fee can often still be less expensive than a local printing company.

Frequent Discounts

Online printing services can afford to give their customers better discounts. Sign up for our email list to receive exclusive coupons, notices of active promotions, and more.

Experienced Customer Service

Since online printers need to talk with a variety of different customers, they have more experienced and better trained customer service representatives. These representatives have seen every problem or heard every printing question three times over, so they know the best way to help you with your project. Local printing services are only built to take jobs from their community, the nature of the beast is that they are not going to be exposed to as many orders, which means that they are not going to be as efficient or as knowledgeable if problems arise.


If you compare the experience of two printing services that have been in business for 50 years, but one is local and one is online, the online printing service is simply going to have had more orders and therefore more experience in printing.

Bulk Orders

Online printing services are much, much, better for large or bulk orders because of their efficient processes. They have the ability to process large print jobs much faster than local print shops, that are not designed to process large orders as effectively. For example, if you order 10,000 8.5x11 Saddle stitch booklets on 100# Gloss Cover and 100# Gloss Text, Full Color (4/4), printed and delivered to your doorstep in 4-11 business days with our Wait & Save Production time option, the cost per booklet is only going to be $0.29 each. We are practically giving them to you!

Short-Run Orders

Online printing services are also able to offer a good value for short run digital printing. Although local printing shops mainly do short-run orders as opposed to bulk orders, online printing services are easily able to remain competitive by offering quick turnaround and affordable prices. PrintingCenterUSA specialized in short run booklets, which means that we can get our booklets processed and shipped to you with a very quick turnaround time. For example, you can get 100 copies of an 5.5” x 8.5” 8 page Saddle Stitch booklet on 100# Gloss Cover and 100# Gloss Text, Full Color (4/4), printed and delivered to your doorstep in 4-11 business days with our Wait & Save Production Time option for only $117.93 ($1.18 each) plus shipping and handling at PrintingCenterUSA.com.

Re-Occurring Orders

If you have a reoccurring project, like a quarterly magazine or company business cards, it’s much easier to order online because your old files are already saved onto your account. If you don’t require any edits, all you have to do is click ‘Reorder’.


Mailing Services

If your business is printing postcards, newsletters, brochures, flyers, catalogs, booklets, magazines, or anything else that needs to be mailed to your customers, some online printing services, like PrintingCenterUSA.com, offer mailing services that can mail your print products directly to your customers anywhere in the USA the day after it is printed. This saves you time and money because you don’t have to worry about shipping your products to your customers.



Online printing services are reputable. You can see exactly the kind of product and service you are going to receive because online reviews make their business practices transparent. They open themselves up to more customers, so they have to hold themselves to a higher standard to receive a great average star rating. For example, as of writing this blog, PrintingCenterUSA has over 2,660 Trustpilot reviews with an average star rating of 4.8 out of 5! Local printing services are more known in their community by word of mouth and less by their average star rating.


Satisfaction Guarantee

PrintingCenterUSA also has a customer satisfaction guarantee. If your order has defects in workmanship or materials within our control, we will reprint your order with its original order specifications. We want you to be completely satisfied with your printing order! Customer satisfaction guaranteed! Unlike online printing services that will charge your card once you approve your proof, local printing companies will ask for you to pay for your product upfront and often do not offer a customer satisfaction guarantee if you are dissatisfied with your product. Although, because they are a smaller business, they may work hard to keep the valuable customers that they have.

User-Friendly Website

An online printing company like PrintingCenterUSA has an intuitive, user-friendly website that makes it easy to upload your files and place your order within a couple of minutes. It's fast, easy, and affordable! Once you submit your order, you should get your proof within 1 business day. Local printing services may have a simple website, but they are not optimized to take orders online.

Printing Resources

Screen Shot 2020-11-04 at 3.13.01 PMPrintingCenterUSA, specifically, also has a large library of customer resources including our blog, online design tools, free downloadable templates, and a 24/7 Help Center. PrintingCenterUSA is proud to be home to the most in-depth printing help center in the nation. These resources are updated consistently so that customers always have the most up-to-date information so they can make the best printing products possible! Local printing services will not provide the wealth of knowledge that online services have, but they will often work with you on your files if you need assistance in creating your print-ready files. This is especially helpful for people that do not have design software or are not technologically inclined. 

Production Speed Customization

With PrintingCenterUSA, you have the option to choose your production speed. If you are willing to pay a little bit more, you can choose a 2-day production time. If you want to save some money, you can choose our Wait and Save option, which means that your production time would be between 4 - 7 business days. This gives customers the ability to better tailor their experience to their needs. Please note that production time does not include shipping. 

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Potential for Customization

If you are planning to print a job that will need greater customization, you may be able to ask your local printer if they can make an exception for you. Because smaller businesses do not get as many orders, they are more keen to bend over backwards to help the customers that they do get.


Benefits of Printing with PrintingCenterUSA.com

If you are going to choose an online printing service, there is no one better than PrintingCenterUSA.com. We offer a wide vary of printing products, from booklets and calendars to flyers and brochures. Not only that but we have incredibly affordable prices!

Why are Our Prices So Cheap?

We are able to afford to offer our discounted prices to our customers because we have less overhead than a physical location, we have optimized our systems so that we are able to print a large amount of orders in the fastest time possible, and we employ excellent, hard-working employees. We have also streamlined our processes for what we do best. 

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Regardless of whether you choose to print with an online printer or a local printer, it’s good to know that benefits and pitfalls of each. But if you go online, go with PrintingCenterUSA.com!

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