“Overrun” is the term used for the additional forms that are printed in addition to the original quantity the customer has ordered. “Underrun” is the number of forms printed less than what was ordered. This happens because of the “stopping of the press”. Press gets stopped and sometimes it falls over or under the amount ordered.
For example, think about a car doing a hard brake… if the car is driving faster or on a wet surface it might take longer to stop than if it was driving slower and stopping on dry blacktop. It is virtually impossible to determine.
Custom Forms Printing is not simply pulling items from a shelf and boxing them to complete an order. It involves creating a custom form on a custom press. So in order to keep costs down for the customer, the printing industry has long adopted a policy that allows for a 10% over/underrun factor when it comes to printing and billing. Those printers who don’t have an overrage / underrage policy are simply building this aspect of the printing job into the cost of the printing job one way or another. We like to be upfront on this policy and will charge for what gets produced within 10% of the quantity ordered.
If you must absolutely have an exact count, we can do so. The customers who state “EXACT COUNT” when placing the order, will incur a slightly increased price to cover the wasted material factor.