Guest Checks Explained- Know what you are buying, learn how to keep pricing down on custom guest checks!
Pegasus Ventures is evolving our custom guest check business to give our restaurants a better idea how to read a custom guest checks quote, as well as know and understand the available options when looking for guest checks printed for your restaurant.
We hope to remove the mystery in ordering customized restaurant guest checks and empower our restaurant owners to know when they order the best options for their restaurants while also seeing where they may save some cash. Printing custom guest checks can be economical, and we want to offer the best deals we can!
Choosing a paper when printing custom guest checks
Paper is important when you are looking to build a custom printed guest check. You can save money by using all white paper, but does it make more sense to have a yellow part 2, or a ROSE part 3? We also do carbonless copies, the old style carbons are now more expensive in modern printing. Tag paper is good when you are looking for a stiff part 2 or 3. Bond paper works great for the first part and easily detaches from a pad, loose or booked custom guest checks.
|Tag||Bond||Carbon Front||Carbon Back||Color Paper||Paper Weght||Carbonless|
|Tag Paper is a dense, strong paper. Tag paper has a very high tear resistance. Typically we offer tag in 33 pound , 75 pound and 105 pound weight. The 33 pound is a fairly stiff paper, and 105 pound is very close to postcard stiff.||Durable, strong, opaque bond paper is similar to the paper used in copy machines, which is 20 pound bond paper. We have both 20 pound bond and 16 pound bond paper for printing restaurant guest checks.||When you see your quote it may use the term CF. CF means we have coated the paper on its face to accept writing from the part of the guest check above the Carbon Front part.||Carbon Back, or CB refers to a coating on the back of a part of a guest check that allows the writing from the top to appear on the next part of your custom printed guest check when it has a carbon front coating.||Paper color matters in pricing. White paper is less, color paper somewhat more. We often find customers prefer white paper as their first part, with other colors used for additional parts. However, saving money means using white.||The lighter the paper you use for your custom guest checks, the lighter the cost. As an example, 33 pound tag paper is often mistaken for much heavier paper. It is also less expensive than 76 or 105 pound tag paper.||We do 'carbonless" paper. This is actually less expensive to produce than the older "carbon paper" that fits between parts of a guest check..|
Print Everything You Need on Your Custom Guest Checks
Anything you can fit on your guest check can be printed on your restaurant's customized guest checks. The pricing of custom printed guest checks is not impacted by what is on the guest checks, pricing is driven by the manufacturing requirements. How many trims do we need to make, is there a backer, how many perforations are on the restaurant's guest check is what matters most in pricing.
Quantity Matters In Getting Your Best Value From Customized Guest Checks
Printing customized guest checks is not like putting a guest check on a copy machine and pushing, "print." Printing customized guest checks is a process that takes place in a factory. We have to do the same things to set up and print 5,000 as 5,000,000 guest checks. We have a 5,000 minimum because ordering fewer than 5,000 would actually cost about the same when all is said an done. However, as you order larger numbers of custom printed guest check for your restaurant the cost per thousand drops dramatically. We recently did work for a restaurant in Arizona. The cost per thousand when ordering 50,000 guest checks was $35.16 per thousand less than ordering 10,000 guest checks. Typically, we suggest looking at how many guest checks you expect to use in a year and ordering in that range. In this case the customer saved $1758.00 when ordering 50,000. With this particular guest check the customer was paying about $51 per thousand on their two part carbonless custom guest checks that are in books at the 50,000 rate. We never pressure you to order more than you need what we will do is provide a quote with pricing for larger amounts so you can make your best decision for your restaurant.
You can check out the video below and see our guest checks can be produced with each part of a different size.
Number Your Custom Printed Guest Checks
Some restaurant owners use numbered guest checks to track inventory, cash management and employee honesty. As a default, Pegasus Ventures adds numbering to our custom guest checks; all of our stock guest checks are numbered. This does add some cost to your guest checks. If you prefer your custom guest checks are not numbered, simply type a note to let us know when filling in the online custom guest check form, and we can deduct that cost from your guest checks quote.
Ink Colors For Customized Restaurant Guest Checks
We can print any color. We have a group of standard PMS Colors we to print custom guest checks. Click here for our to see our standard PMS Colors. There are literally hundreds of PMS colors. There is a small fee when using a non-standard PMS colors.
Pegasus Ventures can also print as many colors as you may want on your restaurant's guest checks. Extra colors do add some cost to your pricing, though, but feel free to ask, we can break it down for you. Another option is to "screen" you guest checks, this is shading or gradient of the one color. See below for more information.
Width and Height Matters When Printing Guest Checks
One way to save on the cost of ordering guest checks for your restaurant is to choose sizes that match our stock guest checks. How many times we have to trim a guest check makes a difference, as does wasted paper. When you choose a standard size for your customized guest checks you will cut down on trimming in the factory and less paper gets thrown away because your guest checks fit the large rolls of paper we use. Click on the links at the top of the page for 1 part, 2 part and 3 part guest checks to get an idea of the size guest check that best fits your needs.
Pads, Books or Loose Custom Guest Checks
Printed guest checks come in three styles. Guest checks can come in pads, which are stapled at the top, in books which have card stock paper that wraps around the pad to prevent writing from going through to the next guest check in carbonless guest checks, and loose guest checks which are often used with guest check presenters. The least expensive option is loose guest checks, followed by padded guest checks then booked guest checks.
Other Features for Custom Guest Checks
- Unlined kitchen copy- This guest check feature is often a second part of a carbonless guest check. It is basically blank part where the order will appear used for the kitchen. Typically we would use a yellow or ROSE light weight paper for this part of the guest check. Looking to save a couple of bucks, go with all white paper!
- Lined kitchen copy- The same as the unlined kitchen copy, just with lines!
- Delivery Ticket with Lined Copies- This is where you put the customer's address
- Receipt at top- A perforated receipt at the top of the guest check.
- Screen-In the printing world, a screen is just a gradient. It adds no cost to your guest checks and is a great way to improve the look of your customized guest checks.
- Perforated Guest Receipt- A perforated guest receipt is at the bottom of the last part of your guest check. This is a great way to give your customers a receipt that is quick and easy.
- Beverage Back or Backer- Simply put, this is writing on the back. Guest Checks often have backers for beverages, it is more organized to flip the book over then to add another, part. It is also less expensive. Just total one side and carry it over
- Gratuity Line- Traditionally guest checks don't have gratuity lines. It costs nothing to add a gratuity line for your waitstaff. It can also help in income reporting.