5 Tips for Getting the Best Price Possible for your Used Printing and Bindery Equipment

Selling used printing and bindery equipment with WireBids is easy. Our user-friendly platform connects you with a global audience of enthusiastic and loyal buyers online. Here are some tips to make sure you get the best price for your used printing press or paper folder:


Quality Photographs

Well-lit, detailed photographs go a long way. The more photos the better. In one extreme case, a lot with 48 quality photographs sold for $13,000 more than the exact same piece of equipment that only listed 3 general photos. Include pictures of the serial number plate where possible.

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Videos

WireBids has found that adding a video to your listings improves bids exponentially. Lots with videos of the equipment in action fetch better prices and receive more bids than lots without videos. Videos offer bidders assurance on the quality of the machine and add transparency about potential flaws. Take a short video yourself- we can help you upload it!

Quality Descriptions

Transparency is key when selling used equipment. Quality listings indicate any necessary repairs, number of impressions and other pertinent details. Buyers will bid more if they know the the machine has new rollers, an up-to-date service history or has been recently refurbished.

Shipping Information

Sellers who spell out shipping costs also garner higher prices. Listing palatalizing and estimated freight costs gives piece of mind to bidders who may be hesitant on purchasing equipment located on the opposite end of the  country. No one wants to buy a machine for a great price only to find that shipping it would cost an arm and a leg.

Good Communication

Reaching out to your buyers soon after the auction closes decreases the chances of a non-payment. Speaking with the buyers right after the auction ensures you can reach out to back-bidders in the event of a non-payment before they have a chance to purchase a similar machine elsewhere.

Call us at (888) 229-5733 or email sarah@wirebids.com today to sell your equipment with WireBids.

Perfect Binders : PUR vs. EVA Binding

Perfect Binding machines use two types of glue to bind covers and pages: PUR and EVA. For a long time, EVA was the only gluing option for perfect binding machines.

PUR (Polyurethane Reactive) glue was developed in the 1989 and quickly proved superiority over EVA (Ethylene Vinyl Acetate.) PUR required less heat, required less glue per book and was dried completely transparently.  PUR glue permanently bonds the paper without cracking or melting. If you’ve ever opened a book that lays flat it was most likely bound with PUR instead of EVA.

dsc_0055.57b33484783faThis machine, the 2011 Bourg / NewBind Adventure-PA Single Clamp perfect Binder uses the PUR gluing system. The single-clamp binder comes up from a cold start within 13 minutes to produce books up to 2 inches thick with spine lengths from 4.7 inches to 17.7 inches at up to 200 cycles per hour.

PUR takes a lot longer to cure than EVA, sometimes up to 24 hours, but once it does the bond is stronger and more likely to withstand moisture and heat. EVA cures quickly and makes for an easier cleanup. This glue can be re-melted over and over again which may be a downfall in warmer climates. In colder climates it has been known to crack.

Although PUR is a more expensive option than EVA, most printers agree that it results in a far superior end product. WireBids auctions perfect binders featuring both types for either preference.

 

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.

Follow our LinkedIn page for auction updates and news.

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.

PrintPlanet

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.