The Difference Between Stock Business Forms and Custom Business Forms

October 3, 2012

When you are in need of a small quantity of printed, multiple part forms, whether it be for computer output or for handwritten or typewritten applications, consider the purchase of stock business forms as an alternative to having a custom form designed and printed for you.

Less expensive

Stock business forms are generic business forms that are printed in bulk, stocked in inventory, and sold in small quantities.  Bulk printing reduces the unit cost of stock business forms so they can be sold in small quantity at a lower price than custom printed business forms.

Professional design

In addition to the cost savings offered by stock business forms, they also offer the advantage of professional design.  Stock business forms include all of the essential elements of any particular form:  invoice, statement, purchase order, delivery receipt, check, or sales order.  Stock business forms make an excellent starting point from which to develop a custom form later on.   Launch a new application by using a stock form to determine, through experience,  what modifications, if any, need to be made to fit your special needs, then have a custom form designed to incorporate those changes.

Limited customization

The price of stock business forms includes an imprint of your company name, address, and phone number, as well as consecutive numbering.  For a small additional charge, most stock forms can be customized to a limited degree with the addition of a company logo, special type, pre-listed items, and additional terms and/or conditions of sale.

Fast delivery

Another advantage of stock forms is their availability.  Since they are already printed and in inventory, non-imprinted stock business forms can be shipped within 24 hours.  If you want your company name, address, and phone number imprinted on the forms, along with a unique numbering sequence, shipment is made within 3 business days.  Unless you pay a rush charge, custom forms will normally require a minimum of 5 to 7 business days for completion, and that’s if the copy has been typeset and is ready for printing.  It can take many additional days to design a custom form and typeset and proof the copy.

Finally, stock business forms can offer features, such as blown on labels, in small quantity that would not be economically feasible in small quantity custom forms.

KC & CO. offers a wide range of stock business forms for computer and laser/inkjet output, in addition to a full line of manual stock business forms in our Business Checks and Forms catalog.

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