The following printing customs that are accepted as standard practice throughout the industry.
QUOTATION: A quotation not accepted within 30 days may be changed.
ORDERS: Acceptance of orders is subject to credit approval and contingencies such as fire, water, strikes, theft, vandalism, acts of God, and other causes beyond the provider’s control. Canceled orders require compensation for incurred costs and related obligations.
EXPERIMENTAL WORK: Experimental or preliminary work performed at customer’s request will be charged to the customer at the provider’s current rates. This work cannot be used without the provider’s written consent.
CREATIVE WORK: Sketches, copy, dummies and all other creative work developed or furnished by the provider are the provider’s exclusive property. The provider must give written approval for all use of this work and for any derivation of ideas from it.
ACCURACY OF SPECIFICATIONS: Quotations are based on the accuracy of the specifications provided. The provider can re-quote a job at time of submission if copy, film, tapes, disks, or other input materials don’t conform to the information on which the original quotation was based.
PREPARATORY MATERIALS: Art work, type, plates, negatives, positives, tapes, disks, and all other items supplied by the provider remain the provider’s exclusive property.
ELECTRONIC MANUSCRIPT OR IMAGE: It is the customer’s responsibility to maintain a copy of the original file. The provider is not responsible for accidental damage to media supplied by the customer or for the accuracy of furnished input or final output. Until the provider can evaluate digital input, no claims or promises are made about the provider’s ability to work with jobs submitted in digital format, and no liability is assumed for problems that may arise. Any additional translating, editing, or programming needed to utilize customer-supplied files will be charged at prevailing rates.
ALTERATIONS/CORRECTIONS: Customer alterations include all work performed in addition to the original specifications. All such work will be charged at the provider’s current rates.
PROOFS: The provider will submit proofs along with original copy for the customer’s review and approval. Corrections will be returned to the provider on a “master set” marked “O.K.,” “O.K. With Corrections,” or “Revised Proof Required” and signed by the customer. Until the master set is received, no additional work will be performed. The provider will not be responsible for undetected production errors if:
• Proofs are not required by the customer.
• The work is printed per the customer’s O.K.
• Requests for changes are communicated verbally.
COLOR PROOFING: Because of differences in equipment, paper, inks and other conditions between color proofing and production pressroom operations, a reasonable variation in color between color proofs and the completed job is to be expected. When variation of this kind occurs, it will be considered acceptable performance.
OVER-RUNS OR UNDER-RUNS: Over-runs or under-runs will not exceed 10 percent of the quantity ordered. The provider will bill for actual quantity delivered within this tolerance. If the customer requires a guaranteed quantity, the percentage of tolerance must be stated at the time of quotation.
CUSTOMER’S PROPERTY: The provider will only maintain fire and extended coverage on property belonging to the customer while the property is in the provider’s possession. The provider’s liability for this property will not exceed the amount recoverable from the insurance. Additional insurance coverage may be obtained if requested in writing, and if the premium is paid to the provider.
DELIVERY: Unless otherwise specified, the price quoted is for a single shipment, without storage, F.O.B. provider’s platform. Proposals are based on continuous and uninterrupted delivery of the complete order. If the specifications state otherwise, the provider will charge accordingly at current rates. Charges for delivery of materials and supplies from the customer to the provider, or from the customer’s supplier to the provider are not included in quotations unless specified. Title or finished work passes to the customer upon delivery to the carrier at shipping point; or upon mailing of invoices for the finished work or its segments, whichever occurs first.
PRODUCTION SCHEDULES: Production schedules will be established and followed by both the customer and the provider. In the event that the customer does not adhere to production schedules, delivery dates will be subject to renegotiation. There will be no liability or penalty for delays due to state of war, riot, civil disorder, fire, strikes, accidents, action of government or civil authority, acts of God, or other.
USE OF MATERIALS: Provider reserves the right to use likenesses or representations of the customer’s works in promotional materials and marketing efforts unless notified by the customer in writing of the prohibition thereof.