When asked How to choose a print vendor one is faced with a multitude of options based on the needs of the job at hand. Choosing a print vendor can be a daunting task. It becomes especially difficult when your needs are small. Short run printing prices are always high due to the setup cost of the job on traditional equipment or the high cost of the new equipment which is designed for running single jobs.
For a professionally printed and bound presentation book of your portfolio work both Blurb and Lulu offer both paperback and hard-cover full color books on premium papers.
Resume, Prints, One-Sheets, Letterhead, Envelope, Etc
4over is often refered to as the Walmart of the printing industry. They can get almost anything printed at a cut rate cost.
Even less expensive that 4over is a reseller of theirs Redtag Print Sale
If you choose a print vendor listed below make sure to watch out for sales that are offered frequently.
Portfolio Binders, Cases
It is my opinion that the most impressive way to present your work is with a large format portfolio binder that fits in a matching case. I am particularly fond of the Pina Zangaro line of cases.
There are many other options
Mac Paper is a local brick and mortar paper distributor that is very willing to work with small agencies and even individuals. Book an appointment with a representative and they will provide you with an excellent sample case.