An annual subscription to the Crouser Small Press Offset Pricing Guide is available in a software format for Windows or Mac or use the software on both at no additional cost! Print your own price pages and create your own price book or use the program to estimate prices. Bookmark your favorite pages within the program and name them anything you want (Big Corp’s Special Pricing, etc.). Print out the bookmarked pages or flick to them quickly within the program.
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Windows or Mac or Both – You decide
Our pricing guide is now natively available for Mac OS X 10.6.9 and higher. Your registration key will work on Mac or Windows software. So, what’s that mean? You pick the platform, and we’ll provide the prices. What if you have both platforms? Download both programs and the key will work the same in either.
Every single page of our printed guide is available in the software in one easy to use downloadable program. Plus, one subscription license entitles you to use it on all of the computers throughout your shop or at home! Pricing has never been easier.
Why use the Crouser Guide?
Mainly because the prices for small offset are competitive in both the low runs (where you get more $ per unit) and longer runs where you can be competitive with larger presses without giving your profit away. Also included are our estimating standards for different stocks (set-up and run times) that you may use in establishing your own price curves in automated estimating systems such as EFI PrintSmith Vision.
The guide is easy to use and especially saves time and effort for owners in that it can be taught to others quickly. Special pricing for special customers? No problem no more. Using our exclusive bookmarking system you can set up specific price tables for specific customers and/or specific jobs. No more do you have to worry about two people from the same shop coming up with different prices for your special customers.
What about Regional Variations?
Prices do tend to vary from region to region but there’s even more variation within regions. Consider downtown Atlanta (high price area) vs. Charlton County, Georgia (lower price area). We solve this by providing a low (X), middle (Y) and high (Z) price lists for all recommended prices. Besides, we have more in common price-wise than differences because costs to produce (while they do vary) tend to be similar because our costs of paper, equipment and many overhead items are similar. What is not similar is cost of wages, service and some other overhead items such as rent. Nonetheless, the spreads are encompassed within our low (X), middle (Y) and high (Z) price schedules.
What is The Crouser Secret Formula?
There are three important steps. First we are the only pricing service that uses a panel of real printers to update market prices.
Second, we then compare market prices with a cost plus routine based on budget hour rates and markup which is the industry’s way of calculating offset prices. Third, and most importantly, we allow the prices to rise to meet market rates when possible but use the cost plus prices as a floor for pricing so you are still passing your costs along if market rates fall below the small press rates.
What are the rates we use for calculating cost? We’re the only Price Advisory Service to disclose not only the budget hour rates we use, but the estimating standards (time required to produce) as well as markups. Coupled with the fact that all Crouser prices consider your cost of paper so you don’t have to guess at the cost of paper as done in other services.
Unique to the Crouser Offset Pricing Guide is the fact that the capacity utilization rate (amount of chargeable time) rises as the run length increases. The budget hour rate or estimating standards used doesn’t change. Again, we disclose these values to you so you may compare your own costs.
Add it up and it’s simple. It saves time because you can teach others to use the guide quickly. Finding prices in our book is fast.
Space Requirements: both Small Press Offset software guide and Digital Printing guide reside on your computer. Small Press Offset guide on Windows requires about 14 megs and the Digital Printing guide requires some 110 megs. Main reason is the Digital Printing guide, if printed, would consist of about 13,000 pages. Windows program uses compression and decompresses the program and pages in memory instead of your hard drive. For the Mac, it is different. Without compression the Small Press Offset on Mac requires some 150 megs and the Digital Guide requires 1.5 gigs.
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