I'm looking for cheap paper, around 500 kg or 1000 pounds. For simplicity, let's assume A4/letter. The cheapest one I found was €742 incl. taxes (=0.74 ct a piece) for 500 kg and it only went down to €692 (=0.69 ct/piece) if I take 4x500kg or more.

On the other hand, I found 50 kg for 0.95 ct a piece.

All of this is between 0.5 and 1 ct a piece and I expected that large amounts of paper should be much cheaper, something like a -75% discount or more.

The truth is, I would actually prefer large sheets that I cut down myself (A1 or A0, so ~10x the area of letter or A4) but I can't seem to find those at all. I looked at the paper for offset printing and found 500 kg for 1.6 ct for a piece equivalent to the above examples.

Am I wrong or am I just looking in the wrong place?

  • Are you finding paper through retail or a wholesale paper supplier? I imagine if you're going through retail, your options will be much more limited with what you can buy.
    – AndrewH
    Nov 17 at 20:04
  • I am looking at shops directed at businesses, that's as far as I understand the market. I would call those "better office supply", because they have stuff like glossy paper or heavy papers or ship 1000s of pounds if you order it. What do you mean by wholesale in this context?
    – zonksoft
    Nov 17 at 20:37
  • This is a German one where I found an "English" switch, this is an offer at the upper limit of the described range: richter-menzel.de/en/Print-media-paper-greyboard-/…. Well known brand paper makers are Mondi mymondi.net/ufp/en/brand/colorcopy or Clairefontaine clairefontaine.eu/en/products/laser-2800 but there are probably myriads of smaller companies.
    – zonksoft
    Nov 17 at 20:40
  • So I looked up this one supplytime.com/Products/… this is a wholesale store, right? I think 200,000 pieces of Letter are approx 2000 pounds of paper and this is 0.85ct a page.
    – zonksoft
    Nov 17 at 20:53
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    I’m voting to close this question because it is not about graphic design, but product sourcing.
    – Tetsujin
    Nov 18 at 9:27


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