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Save More When Printing Multiple Files July 07 2017

Our main goal is to rule the land when printing 11x17 artwork, and we think we're on to something here.

Printkeg is currently running an experiment with 11x17, 12x18 and 13x19 printing which allows customers to print multiple files while still taking advantage of bulk discounts. For instance, if you want to print 250 of 4 files, you can simple select the quantity of 1000. You can pick the quantity of 100 and print 25 of 4 different files.

The maximum amount of multiple art files you can submit is 5 per quantity. Our upload feature can only handle one file, so you will need to utilize email or a service like Dropbox to send us your files.

For now, this experiment is only available for:

  • 11x17 Flyers
  • 11x17 Small Posters
  • 12x18 Small Posters
  • 13x19 Small Posters

A few rules

- You must use the same paper type for all prints.
- Custom cuts are an exception to this offer.
- Shipping cannot be split up in any way.
- This program does not apply to other products or sizes.


Understanding Flat Rates and Shipping Methods April 13 2017

Printkeg offers many discounted shipping methods and flat rate options to help reduce the burden of shipping expenses to our customers. In the past, we've experimented with free shipping, but that just hasn't been something we could maintain. Since that is the case, we have developed an attractive blend of shipping options. We offer the following services:

  • Flat Rate Shipping
  • USPS Priority Mail
  • USPS First Class Package
  • UPS Ground
  • UPS 3-Day Select
  • UPS 2-Day Air
  • UPS Next Day Air

Each shipping method has advantages and disadvantages and each should be researched and understood - especially if you have a deadline. We discount every service by passing our bulk rates to customers. We do not make any money on shipping and refuse to increase our prices to accommodate shipping expenses. Instead, we try to be as reasonable as possible. Here is a breakdown of each service: 

Flat Shipping Rates - These are discounted rates provided to help keep your shipping costs way down. Most of the time, flat rates offer huge savings. If you select a flat shipping rate, our shipping department will select the least expensive shipping method which may include UPS Ground or any USPS service (including Priority). The method of shipping is at our discretion. The service we use generally depends on the weight of the package.  For now, and after a time period of testing, we have strayed away from UPS SurePost and FedEx SmartPost since those services usually hand off packages to USPS for final delivery which can be confusing. Flat rates are not available for some areas and start at $10.99 (based on order amount).

$0 - $149.99 = $10.99
$150.00 - $249.99 = $14.99
$250.00 - $349.99 = $21.95
$350.00 - $499.99 = $29.99
$500.00 - $999.99 = $39.99
$1000+ = $59.99

*** NEW - Packages under one pound may be offered a USPS First Class Package option. This service may not yet be offered to all states while we experiment with it. 

Orders to some states may be $1 to $5 more. 

USPS Priority Mail - While selecting a shipping method, you will be offered a USPS Priority Mail option. The option will either read as "Priority Mail 2-Day" or "Priority Mail 3-Day" but usually not both. For lighter weight packages, USPS Priority Mail is often the least expensive method for expedited delivery and can sometimes be cheaper than the flat rates. This is the most superior shipping method for light packages since it is inexpensive and fast. The problem with this service is the transit time periods are not guaranteed by USPS. Despite reading "USPS Priority 2-Day" that package may not actually reach you in two days. Some customers have better experiences than others. USPS Priority Mail is usually not ideal for heavy packages over eight pounds or stringent deadlines.

USPS First Class Package - This is by far the cheapest shipping rate available for packages under one pound. If your cart's total weight is 15.99 ounces or less, this shipping option will become available. According to Stamps.com, the USPS First Class Package Service offers fast nationwide delivery to any U.S address within 3 days. Again, USPS does not guarantee transit times. For now, we are experimenting with this service and are only offering it to a limited number of states. 

UPS Ground - The slowest and most basic UPS service aside from UPS SurePost (which we do not use), UPS Ground is an excellent choice for heavy packages. Once you hit fifteen pounds, this option will become far more economical than a USPS Priority Mail option. We recommend looking through this map that shows how many days UPS Ground would take to reach you from our facility. Many customers choose a flat rate over UPS Ground for the savings.

UPS 3-Day Select - For a reasonable price, you can purchase a coast-to-coast shipping transit time of three days rather than the standard five or six days offered through UPS Ground. If you are located in central or eastern USA, this service will not be beneficial since UPS Ground will likely make it to you within the same time period. Again, we urge you to look over our UPS Ground map.

UPS 2-Day Air - If your items ship on Tuesday, there is a 99% chance your package will arrive on Thursday no matter where you are located in the United States. This is a premium expedited service by UPS, but we recommend checking our UPS Ground map to ensure you're not wasting money. Many states are only two days away from us using UPS Ground. Many of our customers opt to use USPS Priority 2-Day over this service since it is usually much cheaper. However, it is important to understand that UPS actually guarantees their transit times, so this is the service for important deadlines.

UPS Next Day Air - This is the only service we provide that offers next day delivery. We actually select "UPS Next Day Air Saver" since most customers do not need the delivery by a certain time of the day. If you require a early delivery time, please contact our customer service. Early morning delivery options and prices vary depending on area. 

A few notes

We offer different UPS and USPS solutions for Canadian orders. 

Flat rates are not available in all areas including Canada, Puerto Rico, Hawaii and Alaska.

Flat rates may not be available for custom orders and/or large orders which cannot be processed through our website due to weight restriction.

If your shipment requires more than one large box or an extra tube, we may contact you about additional shipping. This is mostly a concern when expedited shipping services like UPS Next Day and UPS 2-Day are selected. 

If your order requires multiple boxes, there may be an additional charge of $5.99 to $7.99 per extra box. You will be notified if this occurs. 

 

 

 

 


Holiday Schedule December 23 2016

Happy Holidays everyone! We wish you a wonderful and safe holiday season. 

For Christmas, our staff will enjoy a much needed 4-day weekend. Printkeg is closed Friday, December 22rd through Monday, December 26th and will return to work Tuesday, December 27th. 

For New Years, We will be closed on January 2nd (Monday) in observation of New Years Day. Emails, phone calls and projects will resume on January 3rd.

We thank all of you for your continued support,

- The Printkeg Team


Delays due to Hurricane Matthew October 05 2016

Hurricane Matthew

UPDATE 10/16  -------------

We are running at normal capacity again. A few orders may still be affected, but overall everything should be back to normal on Monday as described on the last update. We have been completing orders over the weekend in order to get back on track. Again, thanks for your patience through this. 

END UPDATE ---------

UPDATE 10/13 -------------

All services should be 100% up and running by Monday. Our electric provider has been working on our building most of the day today and has indicated services will be fully restored by the weekend. Most delayed orders should ship by Monday, October 17th. We appreciate your patience.

Turnaround for large posters, banners, stickers and postcards are back on track. 

Due to high call and email volumes, we have not been able to respond to every phone call, but we are doing the best we can. Everything should return to normal operations by the beginning of next week. 

END UPDATE ---------

UPDATE 10/12 -------------

We are back open at a limited capacity, 

Large posters, banners, canvas and stickers are now shipping and printing on schedule.

Orders 2500 and over are printing and shipping on time.

Smaller orders of flyers and postcards are still running behind, but we are trying to catch up. Expect further delays.

END UPDATE ---------

We are currently closed until Tuesday, October 11th. Our hometown, Beaufort, South Carolina, is currently under mandatory evacuation due to Hurricane Matthew. Shipments of prints should recommence Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Matthew hit our area as a category 2 hurricane and caused widespread power outages and flooding. 

All orders that would typically ship October 5th through the 10th will not ship until at least the 12th. UPS and USPS facilities in our area are closed. It is likely that orders made over the weekend will ship earlier than Wednesday. As of the 13th, we will be completely caught up on all large posters orders.

We will do our absolute best to ship everything out this week, but that may not be possible due to workload. We will email customers with new ship dates if anything changes.

Emails and phone calls will not be answered until Wednesday October 12th. Feel free to leave messages, and our customer service team will do their best to address all issues in a timely manner. We are running behind on emails, but please feel free to call for emergencies. 843-379-1198.

Thanks for your understanding, and we apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. 

- Printkeg Staff


Print on Metallic Photo Paper January 19 2016

It is very rare for us to add a significant new medium, so we're proud to announce the next addition to our large format printing lineup - Metallic Photo Paper.

Metallic Photo Paper is a photographic paper that has a very slight metallic sheen, giving prints an extra "pop" that sets them apart from others.

Metallic photo paper serves a couple purposes.

1. Metallic photo paper provides a glossier "wet appearing" finish that our current "Gloss Photo Paper" does not provide since it harnesses a more satin finish.

2. The metallic photo paper is yet another ideal choice appreciated by photographers who prefer a photographic paper that shines.

A print on metallic photo paper

 

Benefits include:

- Eye catching metallic sheen
- Picks up amazing resolution and details
- Jaw dopping color gamut
- Stunning black & white images
- Images will appear crisp and clear
- Amazing for HDR images

How to print on Metallic Photo Paper

For now, the metallic paper option is available in our fine arts printing area under large prints / photographs. If you require more information, please do not hesitate to contact us.

 

 


Printing Custom Holiday Cards October 24 2015

It might seem a little soon to start thinking about printing custom holiday cards, but December always seems to creep up on us. Design and purchase your custom holiday cards early this year to avoid unnecessary stress. We can help you create a lasting impression with customers, friends, family and co-workers by printing your intimate and beautiful holiday cards.

Custom Holiday Card Printing

 

In our invitations section, we've formed an incredible selection for creating and printing fantastic holiday cards.

 



What is the perfect holiday card size?

We've got some preset sizes for designers looking to make a very special and unique card - 3.5x5, 4.25x5 and 5x7. If your design has different dimensions, that's okay too. Printkeg welcomes custom sizes for even the most freakish and uncommon card dimensions.

The most common size for holiday cards is easily 5x7 (folded or flat). They're big and bold yet elegant and personal. And, they're the perfect size for photos and personal messages.

The right card choices are essential.

For holiday cards, our print experts carefully selected high-end card stocks that are slightly heavier than postcards and only available in our invitations collection.

Printkeg offers this long-lasting paper stock more suitable for invitations, holiday cards, greeting cards, photo cards and so much more. Flat and folded cards may utilize different paper weights, but both types include distinct glossy and matte selections. Another distinguishing card stock we are proud to carry for flat cards includes a fabric texture (Textured Card - 100# Cover) that emulates a watercolor paper feel.

We've added more colorful envelopes

We've hand-selected specific colors for envelopes to complement the holiday season: White, Natural, Gamma Green, Dark Red and Astro-Bright Blue. All of these options are available for finished 5x7 cards since they are the ideal holiday card size. White and natural envelopes are offered for 3.5x5 and 4.25x5.5 cards.

We also provide custom quotes for other colors and sizes (minimum of 1000 envelopes). Just contact us and let us know what you're thinking.

Properly setting up holiday card artwork is easy

To set up your special holiday card artwork correctly, download one of our PDF templates. Each side of your 5x7 layout should be sized 5.25x7.25 to accommodate bleed and trim areas for an edge-to-edge print.

Download the 5x7 holiday card template

There are many design options for making custom holiday cards

Printkeg primarily focuses on printing artwork for designers and artists, but that doesn't mean we can't help everyone. Our in-house graphic designers are here to help you create an incredible and personalized holiday card for only $59. If you already have a design and just need assistance with minor changes, we can help for only $29.

There are also amazing places where you can download easy-to-edit holiday card templates. 

Graphic River Holiday Cards - For as little as $4, people familiar with Photoshop can purchase an amazing holiday card template and start printing in no time.

LayoutReady Holiday Cards - For those more comfortable with using Microsoft Word and Publisher, these holiday card templates for only $19 to $29 will be perfect. If you print with us, please be sure to export your finished design as a PDF.

Etsy Holiday Cards - Many artists at Etsy are selling holiday card printables which are digital files that can be printed from home or with a commercial card printer.

Need a little inspiration?

If you have not quite figured out what your custom holiday card will look like, here are some places to get inspired.

Holiday design ideas at Pinterest - Many of us at the shop often turn to Pinterest when facing writers block or "designers" block. 

Holiday card ideas at BuzzFeed - Peggy Wang over at Buzzfeed shows off 49 creative and crafty holiday card ideas from all over the web. 

Funny Holiday Cards - On our blog, we discovered some very funny holiday cards by artists on Etsy.

 

Holiday Card Prices

The below prices are for flat 5x7 cards with envelopes.

10 - $12.99
25 - $19.99
50 - $27.99
100 - $45.99

These prices are for folded 5x7 cards with envelopes.

10 - $16.99
25 - $23.99
50 - $32.59
100 - $52.99

More quantities and options are available on each product page. Prices do not reflect sales or discounts.

 




Now Accepting Google Wallet August 13 2015

Printkeg is happy to announce that our company now accepts Google Wallet as an alternative and safe payment method. This new feature allows customers using Google Wallet to complete their checkout in as little as ... wait for it ... two clicks

We are doing everything we can to make the checkout process as easy as possible by accepting all major credit cards, Paypal and now Google Wallet. We also rely on Shopify engineers to continue adopting the best and most accepted methods of the checkout process.

 

Demonstrating how to use Google Wallet to pay for prints at Printkeg

 

What is Google Wallet?

Google Wallet is a mobile payment system developed by Google that allows its users to safely store debit cards, credit cards, loyalty cards, and gift cards among other things, as well as redeeming sales promotions on their mobile phone. Google Wallet can use near field communication (NFC) to "make secure payments fast and convenient by simply tapping the phone on any PayPass-enabled terminal at checkout."

 

About Printkeg

Printkeg is an online printing company that focuses on an optimal mix of cheap prices, quality prints and amazing customer service.

 

About Google

Now a subsidiary of Alphabet, Google offers a range of products across screens and devices. The search company boasts an ad technology platform for brand advertisers, agencies, and publishers to power its digital marketing businesses across display, mobile, and video.

 

 


About Our Free Shipping Offer June 10 2015

Our shipping program has changed. Although we no longer offer free shipping, we have added some very inexpensive flat rate options and discounted expedited services.

Discounted Shipping - For all orders, customers are provided with many UPS and USPS shipping methods. We discount all shipping fees by 10% to 40% (UPS and USPS) essentially passing bulk rates to customers.

Flat Rate Shipping - On top of normal UPS and USPS shipping method options, we also offer flat rates.

- Orders between $0 and $249.99 will receive a flat rate shipping option of only $9.99. Some shipping methods may be lower than that depending on the weight.

- Orders $250 to $499.99 are provided a flat rate option of $18.95.

- Orders $500 to $999.99 and over will be offered a $24.95 flat rate (a huge saver).

- Orders $1000+ will be offered a $49.99 flat rate (a huge saver).

Prints may be shipped by USPS or UPS Ground (whichever costs less) when flat rate shipping is selected.

Printkeg continues to offer the absolute lowest shipping rates feasible to our business while continuing to provide incredible products for amazing prices. 

** Projects with Deadlines **

If your prints need to be delivered by a specific day, we recommend selecting UPS and not "free shipping" or "flat rate shipping" or any USPS option. USPS might be less expensive, but the service is less reliable for time sensitive materials. The services, Priority Mail 2-Day and Priority Mail 3-Day, are not guaranteed by USPS to arrive within named time period. Please use UPS or call our office and discuss your project further with a Printkeg representative.

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Free Standard Shipping - Temporarily Suspended. For a limited time, Printkeg was experimenting with a free shipping option for most print orders $250 or more. These orders are shipped via UPS Ground or USPS Priority Mail (whichever costs less) but most orders this amount are heavy enough to warrant UPS Ground. 

There are some limitations to our flat rate program that clients should understand.

1. Flat rate shipping should not be selected in circumstances requiring a strict deadline. USPS and UPS Ground have very different transit times. USPS are notably less reliable as far as transit times are concerned making it virtually impossible to gauge what day a package will actually arrive to its destination. Remember, by default, we will choose the least expensive shipping method offered by UPS or USPS. 

2. Flat rate shipping is not available in some locations like Hawaii, Alaska and other locations outside of the mainland. Free shipping is also not available for Canadian orders. 

3. Our flat rate shipping policy may be altered or modified at any time as we see fit. 

4. Flat rate shipping options are only offered to U.S customers. 

 


Textured Media Now Available April 18 2015

For years, I've asked myself "What can I add for artists?" which is a more complex question than it initially seems. I've thought about maybe adding frames, mattes, art supplies, UV coating, laminating mounting and much more to our list of print services. Unfortunately, I always run into obstacles that end up inevitably changing my mind. It is worth mentioning that I absolutely don't want Printkeg to be like every other online printing service out there. We see a ton of incredible art flowing through our doors each day so our entire team really wanted to provide something just for artisans that couldn't be found at places like Uprinting, Vistaprint or other generic print companies. Finally, I found a beautiful solution - Textured Card (100# Cover) stock.

Some examples of prints on our textured card stock

Although it might be difficult to fully appreciate in the above photo, Textured Card stock is a rigid media that seriously enhances artwork to feel more authentic. This paper feels like a combination of linen, watercolor paper and felt rolled into one stunning medium. We envision artists and graphic designers selecting this gorgeous card stock for reselling quality prints or presenting in gallery settings. Digital artwork, reproductions, photographs, drawings and paintings appear more personal and original when printed on this exciting new media. 

Textured Card was intially featured in our new fine arts printing section as the premium paper option and is now being expanded as an option for postcards, invitations, notecards and small posters. These particular products feature sizes favored by thousands of our artisan customers. For those searching for a giclee solution, we also provide canvas and watercolor prints (other textured options) in varying sizes mostly in larger format. Textured Card (100# Cover) is intended for prints smaller than 13x19 and allows artists to capture a genuine and fabric-like impression that greatly enhances digital artwork and reproductions inexpensively.

The below image demonstrates the difference between Textured Card (100# Cover) and our smooth Matte Card (100# Cover).

A closeup view of textured versus a smooth matte

When in your hand, the feel and look of the Textured Card is exquisite. The felt material exudes the aura of originality and quality. 

Adding Textured Card gives our customers three distinct paper selections. Although, we do supply numerous weights for different products (80# text, 110# cover etc.), we have basically always offered glossy and matte options (like most commercial printers). Now, we're changing the game for artists seeking a finer print product without paying hefty prices. 

For a limited time, we will be adding textured samples to some orders to give customers an opportunity to actually hold this incredible paper. If you would like some samples or have questions, please email chris@printkeg.com. If you are interested in samples, go ahead and provide a shipping address.

 

 


What You Need To Know January 15 2015

Printkeg recently launched an exciting new website (our third version now) that will help us better serve customers in many ways. Unfortunately, with this website change, we will not be transferring any data (artwork excluded). Instead, we are asking all past customers to create a new account which should be fairly painless. We appreciate your understanding and hope you stick with us during this transition. 

How do you know if you need to create a new account?

1. If you've never used this website version before. 

2. If you've ordered from this website before, but ordered as a guest and didn't create a password at the end of your last order. Holding an actual account is not required anymore, but it is recommended.

Creating a new account will allow you to save shipping and mailing addresses and review past orders going forward. There is the option of checking out as a "guest," but that may become cumbersome for recurring customers.

How to create an account

There are two very easy and quick ways to create an account.

1. Click "Create an account" at the top of our website.

2. Create a password at the end of your next order when asked.

You've been with us for years...why must you create a new account?

Rather than importing data from a platform we developed to Shopify (the e-commerce solution we are now using) which would still require you to create a new account, we decided to start fresh. Some past data will soon be available from members.printkeg.com. Logging in there will allow you to retrieve old order numbers as reference of past orders and artwork. We have not deleted any artwork under two years old. If you need any help at all, please call or email us. 

Why did we do all this?

The list of reasons we switched e-commerce platforms is long. Security and functionality tops the list. In order to offer more incentives, more products, better security, rewards programs and much more, we needed to switch. In the past, we've always developed our own stuff, but now we want to focus more time on printing and less on programming.

How to use our new website

New Features 

1. New shipping options. We now offer UPS and USPS methods.

2. PayPal payment method is now available.

3. This new site is responsive and works well on all devices.

4. Added security

5. Local pickups are now free.

6. Screen printing is now available

7. New support system is now in place

8. Upload art before paying

9. More notifications as orders progress