Shipping Canadian Printing Equipment: A quick guide

Buying Canadian equipment is easier than you’d think. There are a number of generally low filing fees that the shipper may pay.

International Commercial Terms (INCO) in the contract will define liability at each step. The two most common types are FCA and EXW.

FCA: “Free Carrier”: The seller delivers the goods to the carrier or another person nominated by the buyer at the seller’s premises or another named place. The parties are well advised to specify as clearly as possible the point within the named place of delivery, as the risk passes to the buyer at that point.

EXW: “Ex Works”: The seller delivers when it places the goods at the disposal of the buyer at the seller’s premises or at another named place (i.e.,works, factory, warehouse, etc.). The seller does not need to load the goods on any collecting vehicle, nor does it need to clear the goods for export, where such clearance is applicable.

WireBids requires our Canadian sellers to provide buyers with a commodity code to determine duties. This commodity code can be found on the United States Census Bureau website.

Common Commodity Codes

 34992: Bookbinding, Type Foundry, Typesetting or Printing Machinery

34519: Lifting, Handling, Loading or Unloading Machinery

38220: Photocopying, Thermo Copying

34320: Air Pumps, Vacuum Pumps

When in doubt, contact the seller. Please call us at 888-229-5733 if you have any questions.

The Birth of Mass Communication in 200 words

Johannes_Gutenberg.jpgSince the dawn of civilization, humans have struggled to communicate with one another. We began etching into stone, painting messages onto animal skin, writing on papyrus made from river reeds. Prior to the invention of moveable type, books were painstakingly scribed one at a time, often destroyed or lost with the passage of time.

Enter Johannes Gutenberg and his moveable type printing press. This press was responsible for printing 180 copies of the Bible. It is rumored to have taken three years for his staff of 20 to produce. The 1,282 page bible featured two narrow columns of text created from an oil-based ink.

With the Gutenberg Bible, mass communication was born. Letterpress printing became the primary method of information distribution, spreading the written word to the common people, pioneering thoughts and ideas.

Although letterpress technology has fallen in popularity due to the dramatic rise of offset lithographic printing, Gutenberg’s innovations are still relevant. Letterpresses are still used today for specialty print jobs such as wedding invitations and certificates, featuring foil stamping and embossing.  

Guttenberg’s design sparked a rise in literacy, cultivating growth in education, science and religion for centuries to come.

Thanks, Guttenberg!

Top 5 Printing Industry LinkedIn Groups

unnamedLinkedIn is a business-oriented social media platform used for networking. The platform has more than 450,000,000 members interacting with more joining every day.

Beyond forging individual connections, members can join groups to connect with others in the industry. Groups allow you to introduce yourself and engage in valuable discussions in an informal setting.

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Here is a list of our favorite printing industry networking groups:

Print Industry Networking Group

Comprised of print buyers, distributors, brokers, supplies and more, this is the place to source jobs, share advice and meet others in the field. This group is by far the largest, at 72,778 members. Members from across the world post valuable content with great frequancy.

Printing Industries of America Networking Group

This group focuses on advocacy, education, research and information on the printing industry. More than 30,000 members discuss trade shows, marketing strategies and more. This group’s discussion board remains very active.


This group serves as the LinkedIn hub for the PrintPlanet forum. This group is for printing and graphic communications professionals interested in discussing industry issues, insights and strategies. This group has more than 11,000 members.

Printing Impressions

This group was created by the Printing Impressions Publishing Group, the publishers behind Printing Impressions, Package Printing and In-plant Graphics magazines. This group is focused on expanding technology and the latest industry news.

Girls Who Print
Created exclusively for women of the industry, this informal group has more than 5,000 active members. National Girls Who Print Day is in Orlando Florida this year and much of the discussion is centered around this event.


What Kind of Paper Cutter Should I Buy?

A quality cut can mean a world of difference in your client’s final product. It is important to purchase the right style of cutter for your operation. Expensive print jobs can easily be ruined with dull blades or improper cutting pressure.

Here are a few styles you can find on WireBids:

Hydraulic Cutters

Hydraulic paper cutters are the most powerful pieces equipment around. These heavy duty cutters are best for high production print operations. They offer the most accurate cuts and have multiple safety features. A properly maintained hydraulic cutter could last for nearly 10 years before a replacement is needed.

Challenge 305 MPX Fully Programmable Paper Cutter

This machine employs the two-button cut to make sure the operator’s hands are safely out of the way before the power clamp and cut engages. These machines are ideal for multiple cuts as you are able to program the cutter to cycle through a set of predetermined cuts.

Electric Cutters

Although these electric cutters don’t pack as much power as their hydraulic counterparts, the machines are ideal for smaller shops because you can plug them into a single outlet and wheel them out of the way when you are finished. Very few things can go wrong mechanically with these light machines.

Martin Yale Powerline PI2120 Electric Cutter

This machine will not cut unless the safety hood is down. This machine features a manual back gauge and can clamp independently of the cut. With a weight of around 700lbs it is easy to roll away when not in use.


Manual Cutters

This type of machine is good for small print shop operations, for churches, schools or small offices. Very few things can go wrong with this type of machine.

Challenge 230HL 23” Manual Paper Cutter

This cutter features a manual clamp and back gauge. The ruler on the side serves as your guide. The clamp and back gauge are operated by crank wheels. The operator must hold down the red safety lever before bringing the blade lever down. The safety button returns at the end of each cut to ensure the blade does not fall on your hands.

Check out our current auctions to see what kind of paper cutters we have available. Feel free to call us at (888) 837-8101 for more information on paper cutters and other equipment needs.


History of Auctions

WireBids was founded in 2011, more than 2,500 years after the first auction was recorded.  Buyers of today can bid with a click of a mouse from their car or couch or anywhere in between.

Historians agree that auctions were born in Greece around 500 B.C. Originally used to “sell” women as brides, these auctions began at a high price and descended. Around 30 A.D., the Romans popularized auctions to liquidate family estates, driving spears into the ground instead of hitting the gavel.

Auctions have been a rich part of American history for hundreds of years dating back to the 1600s, when Pilgrims auctioned Native American furs to European merchants. During the Civil War era, Colonels auctioned off seized property and  and surplus. These Auctioneers often stood under a flag and shouted loud and fast- the Colonel name has stuck in some circles.

Zoom forward a few decades, to the 1990s, when internet entered American homes. Suddenly, buyers didn’t need to be present at the auction to place their bids. Auctions could now be broadcasted live or conducted entirely online.

WireBids looks forward to the changing landscape of auctioneering, allowing users to connect with sellers of commercial assets across the globe. Buyers can research lots they are interested in while keeping close tabs on the going price.  Through online timed-auctions,  WireBids brings buyers and sellers together, anywhere, any time.