Haven't posted in a little while, but I just had to share what happened today
I gave a client a quote for some multi-page brochures, and he came back to me and said he'd been in touch with another printer who could do it for a really low price and he wanted me to check if my printer could match the price. I checked with a couple of other printers and they said the price was so ridiculously low that it wasn't possible.
I tell the client that the price is really low so he should be suspicious, and by his reaction you could just tell he'd completely fabricated the price. I asked him to send me a PDF of the quote to make sure they were quoting accurately, and he was really cagey about it.
Why on earth would someone just make up a price like that? So weird.
As we do check prices from competitors from time to time we sometimes see a wide range of pricing. I am not sure of the details of your project but sure there can be large discrepancies in pricing. So is it possible that they found really good pricing? Perhaps.
That being said it seems absolutely reasonable for you the designer to ask see the quotation. There are so many variables in printing that it seems perfectly reasonable for you to check and see that they have quoted the right spec. In order to do a proper comparison you would need the other printers quote. Sure you would be happy to help and compare. But if they don't want your help what can you do?
@Inkable you're right that it could've been really good pricing, but the lack of proof when I asked for a quote sorta gave it away. he's fine now, he just wants the printer's 'best price'. salespeople hey
I tell them I cannot match the price and they should go for it, if they would like me to scrutinise the quote to make sure there are no hidden costs I am happy to do it.
Never had a client make up a price, seems really amateurish.
I have seen some really desperate prices from printers trying to get a foot in the door when times are tough.
Also overseas printers are going to have an enormous effect on the local industry, one client who has some of it's organisation overseas gets prices that seem impossible, t/shirts to 60 page magazines and now the quality and delivery are amazing too, I'm not sure on the whole thing of sending printing overseas but then i look at outsourcing in all other areas and wonder about the inevitability of it all.