How Much Does Laminating Cost?
Lamination is the process when two or more layers combine together. This layer is glued together to create a “protective” shield. Consumers generally laminate items such as important paper, calendars, ID badges and many other items.
How much is it?
- If you want to get your paper laminated at a professional place such as Office Depot or FedEx Office, they are going to charge anywhere from $2 to as much as much as $300. This will depend on the size, as well as the type of lamination you want done.
- Each laminate job can have it’s own type of finish. These finishes will include a luster, glossy, matte or thermal. Each quality will vary in pricing. Luster is going to be on the lower end while a thermal finish will be on the higher end.
- A 8×10 photo will cost anywhere from $6 to $10 to laminate professionally. A 24×24 piece of paper will cost anywhere from $12 to $24. For a bigger project such as something that measures 48×60, the cost will be anywhere from $55 to $90.
- Those that want to purchase a laminator at home will have to pay anywhere from $25 to as much as $500 for a professional machine.
- The Scotch Laminator will cost between $30 and $90. The Fellowes Saturn SL 125 that is built for both the home and office will cost anywhere from $160 to $200. The Fellowes Venus 125 will cost anywhere from $195 to $300.
What are the extra costs?
- If you want to purchase the machine for your own personal use, roll film or pouches are going to be required in order to use the machine the proper way. This paper will start at $10, and work its way up from there. The more you need to purchase, the more it will cost.
- Professional stores such as Staples may add additional taxes or fees on top of the project cost. Some places such as FedEx Office allow you to do the job yourself.
What is going to be included?
- Some lamination machines that are purchased for your own use may come included with a starter kit. This kit will include some paper to get you started.
How can I save money?
- Consider purchasing a piece of equipment used. By doing this, it can knock 30-50% off the cost. Only consider purchasing used if you’re going to do a lot of laminating. If not, you may want to just head to a local office supply store to have the job done for you.
- For those that work in an education environment, many schools have laminating machines that the faculty can use. Talk with your school to see if there are machines available that you can use at no cost.
- Look for specials and promotions at local copy centers. For example, one year, Office Max gave out free lamination jobs to test their service out. There are also many coupons available that one can use as well. Keep in mind that the print centers at most office supply stores are the biggest money maker.
- With office supply stores, consider signing up for the store card that gives out discounts. These cards are usually free to sign up for and can offer many various discounts.