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Most Wide-Format Printers Offer Employee Discounts, but Terms Vary

Do you or don’t you? Our Brain Squad members share the particulars of their programs.

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QUESTION:

Do you offer employee discounts?

YES: 72%

  • Our employees can print anything they want, covering only the cost of materials. — Carol Yeager, MY Prints
  • We offer material or product discounts as a perk, but also to increase education and training. For example, we allow staff to produce some of their own printed items, wraps, etc. for free or material cost only, knowing they’re learning how to use machines, understanding materials, and learning how to install better. — Derek Atchley, Atchley Graphics
  • Forty percent off. — Christine Walsh, Alpha Graphics
  • We are fortunate to be able to be generous with our staff and reproduce images of personal projects and artwork they make at no cost. As a nonprofit, we’re usually not able to pay our staff what they’re really worth so we try to do all we can in other ways. — Barbara Chandler Allen, Fresh Artists

  • We try to offer our employees discounts depending on the product or service. We don’t look at employee purchases as a profit center, but more as a benefit. Our goal is not to make money off of the folks who contribute so much to our overall success. — Wade Neff, Strategic Factory
  • We let employees buy materials at costs for themselves and family. — Kim Magraw, Vivid Sign

  • Ten percent over cost. Must be approved by manager. Cannot be for commercial purposes. — Jared Smith, bluemedia

NO: 28%

  • The back end is a laboratory for trying things out. Make it, assess it, brainstorm it some more, and tweak it. Go have fun with it. — Pat Dacy, 3V Signs & Graphic

  • If our employees need to buy, they can buy through our online web to print platform. — Krist Duvall, The BoxMaker

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