Are print services expected from a graphic designer or are design services expected from a printer. I have been approached by a printing company inviting me to join with them in partnership to promote their services and vise versa. I do provide print services to clients at the moment and I have the freedom to shop around and make sure they are getting the best deal. I have built good relationships with my printers and think this is important when providing a service.
Are people put off of using designers when the costs are all bundled in together. I make sure that there is a clear division between the two on quotations which gives my clients the choice of using my printers or finding their own. Transparent pricing allows clients to see exactly what time is spent on and enables them to judge what they need better. For example if a customer has a website and they know that text changes or updates take a lot less time than image changes it is worth saving up these amendments and getting them done at the same time. This is better both for the client cost and for the designer rather than keep going back to the same website multiple times.