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Anyone know what is the rough amount of paper map sales in United States per year. With so many map publishing companies, and every household having at least 3 maps, what kind of money are we talking about. After talking to the printers on Friday I was told that many outdoor maps being printed in 100,000 - 300,000 quantities. I remember seeing somewhere one of the Pat Dunlavey park printed in 300,000 copies. That's alot of maps. I'm planing on printing maybe 2000 copies at first and see how it goes. The Catskill Park map that I'm working at has 1,700,000 visitors per year. The parks that Pat made a maps of might have 100,000 visitors. Just wondering just how many maps are being sold in this country.

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2000-3000 is probably a good number for a first run. Inevitably you'll want to make some edits and print a second edition. This will also give you a good sense at how long it takes to sell 2000 maps.

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What kind of printing costs are we talking about when you print different quantities? Also does anyone know of any printing companies that do drop shipping as well?

Interesting link

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Huge difference in price. Here is an example.

40"x36" printed on both sides on 4 colors press. Folded into 9" x 4"

2000 maps = $3400 ( $1.70 per map)
5000 maps = $4200 ( $0.84 per map)
10000 maps = $5800 ( $0.58 per map)

Retail price of the map = $9.95

I'm driving down to pick it up so no shipping cost, just gas money.

If Pat's map was printed at 300,000 copies on 32" x 20" paper, the cost would be around $0.30 per map which sells for $8 retail.

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What about quality of paper? Is there a big difference between semi gloss, satin paper and just plain bond paper? I do alot of image printing and I prefer the semi-gloss if I can get it compared to the High gloss paper.

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In these quantities, cost will not be terribly different for different paper stocks.

Personally, I prefer a hard-calendared uncoated offset stock for most maps.
Dennis McClendon, Chicago CartoGraphics
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In these quantities, cost will not be terribly different for different paper stocks. 

Personally, I prefer a hard-calendared uncoated offset stock for most maps.

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I have to agree with Dennis. I prefer to stay away from the gloss stocks. Go for a nice uncoated offset stock. I tend to use what my printer refers to as a 70lb Map Litho offset stock. But I have to admit I have been known to use a satin stock. Which if I prefer over the gloss and semi-gloss because there is less glare.

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What printers have you worked with Tom?

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Beaver,

I hope you'll give us Cartotalkers a chance to purchase your map. I live in Florida but am a native of upstate New York and I am always looking for maps of my home area. When are you planning to have it printed?
Liz Cruz

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What printers have you worked with Tom?

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We do quite of bit of printing with Pragati Offset (up to 28x40") and some with Eastwood Printing here in Denver. We use Eastwood for the larger format printing or more specialized papers/folds.

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Sometime in July




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