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Great post, Inahaze. I don't know that I can offer anything to help, but I did wonder if you had considered cooperating with other small printers to increase order quantities of hi-PCR content paper, thereby leveraging down the price?

As I understand it, one of the available 25-30% PCR content copy papers (forgetting the company, but the brand is great-white and it has a shark on the ream-wrapper) is on the market today because the mill owner got on the phone and basically organized the demand for the stuff. And that if they had not been able to get assurances of sufficient demand, then 25-30% PCR copy paper would still be priced at a premium. (At least that's the way the mill told the story...)

It might take a lot of small printers to accomplish it, but perhaps this is something that a grad student or an MBA intern might be willing to take on? Got any local schools with bright, idealistic students who are comfortable working the phones?

I can imagine a successful, low-budget, "market aggreggation" campaign using a web-based sign-up form, reinforced by a telephone and email outreach effort. Surely there's a trade magazine for the small-shop printing industry, and they might be willing to run a story on such an effort.

Just some ideas...

Anyway, glad to see you posting.


John Quixote
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