1. What is your turnaround time for print jobs?
We complete most standard jobs in one to three days after proof approval. If that’s not fast enough, just let us know. We thrive on challenges!
2. How long does it take for a proof on a new or revised order?
We complete most proofs within 24 hours. Exceptions include projects with extensive design components or voluminous changes. Again, if you need your proof even faster, let us know. Proofs are generally not required for repeat jobs, as long as we have your electronic files and a sample on file. However, we may ask for an approval to avoid confusion, particularly if we have several different versions on file.
Please check your proofs extremely carefully!
3. Which is better: digital or offset?
Offset printing generally produces superior quality and is less expensive than digital printing at quantities over 1,000 or so. Digital printing is best at very short runs and for jobs requiring personalization.
4. How much will postage be?
Below are high and low ranges for the most popular classes of presorted mail. Where, within these ranges your postage will fall depends on the specifics of your mailing list and the facility to which the mail is delivered. Please visit the business mail pricing calculator section of the U.S.P.S. site for more details on business mail pricing. (Also see retail postage rates to calculate potential postal savings.)
- First-class postcard: $0.20 – $0.25
- First-class letter (machine-able up to 1.0 oz.): $0.34 – $0.42
- Standard-class postcard or letter (machine-able up to 3.3 oz.): $0.14 – $0.27
Send us your list in advance, and we can advise you the best postage class to use and get you a postage total to the .
5. What dimensions qualify for the best postage rates?
Standard mail “letters” must be smaller than 6.125″ x 11.500″, and the ratio of width to height must be between 1.3 and 2.5. A letter could actually be an envelope, a postcard, or a folded self-mailer, as long as it fits these dimensions. If not within in these parameters, most pieces would be considered a “flat.”
First class letters have the same requirements, except that if under 4.25″ x 6.00″, it may qualify as a “postcard”. (There is no standard mail postcard class. It would still be considered a standard mail letter, as described above.)
6. How many wafer seals are required on self-mailers?
The U.S.P.S. has strict requirements for wafer seals on self-mailers, and they vary by dimension of the piece. Some information on the number and placement of wafer seals is availble here, but requirement change frequently. Call us for details.
7. How much room is required for an address block?
The U.S.P.S. requires a clear space must be available on all mail for the address, postage (permit imprint, postage stamp, or meter stamp), postmarks, and postal endorsements. Young’s Printing takes responsibility for address block and barcode placement guidelines when we process your mail, but here is infomation on U.S.P.S. requirements for your reference.
8. How do I design a business reply envelope or a courtesy reply envelope according to U.S.P.S. standards?
The USPS actually has templates online for each of these. Here are the official