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Production Printing: On-site or Off-site?

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Once you decide that production printing is the right fit for your office, the only thing left to do is decide whether you’ll be using an in-house machine or you’ll be outsourcing your printing jobs. That’s not always an easy choice. That’s why we’re here to help by laying out the pros and cons of on-site and off-site printing.

Benefits of Production Print

Whether you choose on-site or off-site, you’ll have plenty of benefits to enjoy from production printing. Production printers are powerful, fast, and reliable, completing high-quality jobs of all shapes and sizes–from posters to banners to brochures and beyond. You’ll get all kinds of color choices, finishing options, and material selections, and on top of that, you’ll be able to count on a fast machine every time.

Before you can enjoy that, though, there’s one last hurdle to cross: on-site or off-site? Let’s take a look at the pros and cons.

On-site Printing


  • Control: You’ll have the final word in everything, from quality to quantity.
  • Opportunity: When your production printer is sitting right there in your office, it’s easy to explore all the new marketing and communication opportunities.
  • Security: On-site printing allows you to cut out the middleman and make sure your data is safe in the right hands.


  • Price: You pay for all the consumables, maintenance, and repairs.
  • Scale: If you’re consistently making high-volume, high-cost prints, on-site production print can be less efficient.

Off-site Printing


  • Resources: You won’t have to spend any time learning, maintaining, and operating the machine yourself.
  • Expert advice: Print shops can help you make the best choices for your needs, no matter what they may be.
  • Technology: You’ll have access to more expensive tech without having to pay for it yourself.


  • Security: Off-site production print does come with a “middleman,” making it more difficult to secure your data.
  • Control: You won’t always be able to make every choice, and quality control is partially out of your hands.
  • Customer service: Depending on the print shop, you might struggle to get help, advice, or instruction.

So, which is right for you: on-site or off-site? We’re here to help you make the choice. Contact us today!


Written by dcoatney

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