How does kinkos work?

I've never been to kinkos before, and I hear you wonderful ladies talk about how amazing it is for printing and such. I was just wondering how it works? Do you take a sample in and they copy it? or do you take a zip drive in with the file on it and they print from there?

Can you take your own paper? If you're getting programs printed, do they fold them? Is it really worth it?

TIA!

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 9:55 am
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i usually put my work onto a flash drive and take it to them for printing. depending on what kind of paper you want... but they have all kinds of special paper! i loooooove kinkos lol the kinkos in my town know me by name lol worth every penny!

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 9:57 am
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Every time I have used Kinko's it was a bad experience.  Maybe because the staff at NYC Kinko's are underpaid.

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 10:08 am
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They don't allow you to bring your own paper/cardstock, which I why i did not use them. They say that other paper/cardstock, other than the ones they sell there may jam their printer which doesn't make any sense to me.


Their prices are not any cheaper than i.e. Staples.


The only good thing about them is that they open 24/7.

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm
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Yeah, I agree with JoeG and Kayceedee. I didn't have a great experience with Kinkos in NYC. Plus they will not let you bring in your own paper, they told me that I couldn't print on the metallic paper I brought in because it would ruin their printers.

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 1:17 pm
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I used to work for Kinkos and basically your experience is store by store. If you go in when it is slower(like on the weekend) you are more likely to get better service. I have been into a few Kinkos in other cities and I couldn't believe the service.


You can bring in your own paper. Some types of paper don't work well with the toner in the machines. For example, sometimes the ink on particular paper will smear right off. So I would suggest you have them print you a sample first. Keep in mind, if Kinkos can't print onto your paper...neither can Staples or Office Depot b/c they have the same type of machines. If they tell you your paper will jam in their machines they are probably just too lazy. I used to print wedding invites for customers all the time and I can't remember not being able to print on anything b/c it would ruin our machines.


Another thing, most print places prefer you bring in a pdf file of what you want printed.


If cost is an issue, I would probably go to Staples or Office Depot. Kinkos is typically a little more pricer buy they are also more experienced in what they do.


 

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 3:39 pm
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alright. =) thanks so much!

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 3:41 pm
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kayceedee - that is odd. The Kinkos I went to in San Jose, California, allowed me to bring in my cardstock to print on. Perhaps it varies from shop to shop.

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 3:57 pm
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I used Kinko's to print out invitations and programs and I just have one word of warning.  (Otherwise they were great).  Make sure you INSIST on a sample before they print all of your invitations (or whatever you're getting printed).  I requested a sample, but for some reason they didn't comply and ALL 200 invitations were printed wrong.  It was a huge ordeal and I made them reimburse me for the card stock that I had supplied them with that they ruined.  Very stressful.  And it all could have been fixed if they had just showed me a sample before printing everything. 


Good luck!  :)

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 4:55 pm
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We used them to print our STD's. I took in cardstock I had purchased from PaperSource. It was non-metallic and they did not have any issues with printing on it. I took in a burned disc with a PDF of our STD's, and they printed with no problems.


The only issue I had was with the guy claiming we had designed them to be the wrong size. I had put 4 per sheet, with border lines that we would cut them out on. At first I think he thought we wanted THEM to cut them out, but even when I clarified that he insisted they should have been bigger. I told him they were made to fit in 4 Bar sized envelopes, and he claimed there is no such thing as a 4 Bar sized envelope--that all envelopes come in some variation of an A size.


Clearly, he was wrong:


http://www.paper-papers.com/envelope-size-chart.html


That was a personnel issue and not a company issue, though. :)


But anyway... take a PDF, on a disc or a flash drive; you can take your own cardstock/paper; some kinds of cardstock/paper may not print well (metallics) but that's due to the type of printer (inkjet vs laser). Do some research on your paper before you print--you should be able to find reviews from people who have DIY and see what papers cause problems.

Posted on April 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm

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