Give a shared specification, which technique (blind emboss or hot foil) is more expensive?

  • identical graphics
  • same size of let's say 5 x 5 cm

As far as I know, hot foils aren't that expensive, so I'd place my bet on blind emboss to be pricier, since a second (negative) die is needed to be made.

Any thoughts/experiences? Thanks!

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    That is a great question to ask you printer of choice! :) – Vincent Jan 13 '16 at 14:09
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    I would expect this has a lot to do with the quantity. For small runs, the die setup is probably going to be on par with the per-piece price, but for larger runs I expect the per-piece to dominate and then the setup cost is trivial. – Yorik Jan 13 '16 at 14:52
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    @Vincent: I suspected that might be the answer, but sadly every printer I've asked so far gave a hugely different quote/explanation, so I wanted an outside view to have a clearer idea of how do they come to their numbers. – Christian Jánský Jan 14 '16 at 14:38
  • @Yorik I.e. Hot foil is cheaper in a smaller run and gets more expensive/on par with blind emboss as quantity grows? Makes sense. Too bad there's no way to draw the line what's more cost efficient (e.g. it's better to use hot foiling for a run of 500 or less, then it gets pricier than blind emboss) when every printer prices their setup time in an extremely different way (since their print setups/machines vary). – Christian Jánský Jan 14 '16 at 14:44

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