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Pampered Chef: New Style Guest/Host Flyers - Is it just me?

  1. kam

    kam Legacy Member Staff Member

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    Is it just me? I REALLY hate the new style in the Guest and Host Flyers for March.

    Just my opinion, but...
    I think the host flyer is worse. It is almost too "free-form". And the 2nd page of the host flyer looks really cheesy. I don't like the "shadow" around the bamboo bowls. And the pricing chart looks sloppy, in my opinion.

    I really feel these are less professional looking than the past flyers.

    Again, just my opinion.
     
    Jan 7, 2010
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  2. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    Well, now I'll have to go look. I'll let you know what I think.
     
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  3. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    I agree - I was quite surprised when I saw them - they just don't look professionally done.
     
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  4. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    They didn't strike me that way. I think they look clean and fresh. I also like the way the host special gives the page numbers where the products can be found.
     
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  5. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    And I don't understand why in the Jan. CN they said to go to CC and print them off. They used up a whole page of color to show us that they had them, why couldn't they have just produced the actual tear out pages for us? My printer can't print off those flyers to be of the same quality--or anywhere near it!

    Maybe since it's being "Green" they just changed the look a bit? Yes, the chart did seem a little simple looking compared to other months, but the page number reference is a nice new addition.
     
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  6. I agree that they look rather cheaply done. I also try to only print in b&w and they don't look good at all:yuck: I think I am just going to use the ones from cs for March:D
     
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  7. pamperedlinda

    pamperedlinda Legend Member Gold Member

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    I don't like the black lines on the top of the bamboo bowls.

    I really don't like it when we have 2-page flyers Oh well, I'll get over it.
     
  8. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    I kind of like them....haven't tried to print them yet though.
     
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  9. Liquid Sky

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    I am back and forth on the new style. I think it looks fresh and new...but cheapy as well.

    One thing that I totally not liking is the completely CHEESY smiles on the faces of the "models" on the new brochures. I don't like the whole, "I am having so much fun now I am utterly cracking up so hard I can't contain myself" look. I am almost embarrassed to give those brochures to my male leads. Just looks dumb...IMHO :blushing:
     
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  10. wadesgirl

    wadesgirl Legend Member Gold Member

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    I saw the new flyers the other day and noticed they were different but didn't put any thought to it. I too like the one page flyers better than two pages. The black lines on the back side are due to bad photo editing. I learned this when I was 18 (maybe I should go get a job at HO :) ). I like that they put the page numbers for easy finding and like the new layout all together but wish they put a "chart" around the item listing to make it easier to read.
     
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  11. lorilynn95

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    I'm not really fond of the new look either. I don't like the 2 page flier and I think it is way too wordy. It could have easily been contained to one page.
     
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  12. kam

    kam Legacy Member Staff Member

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    I don't have a problem with the page numbers being added to the chart. It is the overall look and feel of the chart. Which I know is quite subjective.

    But, really, the "Catalog Page" heading should not be green type, but black. All the heads of the chart should be aligned. For example, "Past Host Item #" is 2 lines, the headings "Product" and "Retail" and "You Pay" should be 1 row lower.

    I could go on, but they are nit-picky typesetting things that just bug me. And the flyers in the past have always been so professionally done with a lot of attention to detail.

    Oh, and it just looks like all the images are just thrown on the flyer instead of being presented nicely. They way they are on there just looks sloppy to me.

    Once again, this is all subjective and just my opinion! :)
     
    Jan 7, 2010
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  13. Malinda Klein

    Malinda Klein Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Normally when the host special comes in two pages, you can still print ONLY one page and the host gets all the details. On this host special, it's not the case. You have to print out both pages, and i like to save ink(and paper) and print the host page on one side and the guest side on the other.
     
  14. pamperedpals

    pamperedpals Senior Member Gold Member

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    I guess I am in the minority in that I like the new look of the fliers. I do agree however, I don't like having to print 2 pages of host special.
     
  15. Chefgirl2

    Chefgirl2 Advanced Member Gold Member

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    They sort of remind me of the movie Marla and Jean did...you know with the blue screen behind them. The bamboo is just floating there.

    I guess I'm going to have to learn how to use the printing services that we get discounted. The pages that I printed for the B2B meeting killed my colored ink.
     
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  16. Nanisu

    Nanisu Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Geez now I better go look at em....
     
    Jan 8, 2010
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  17. Nanisu

    Nanisu Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Ok, I looked--remember I am a printer's daughter and grew up in the 4 color printing business--it is rare that I don't pick up the new catalogs when we first get them and look at them with a critical eye and find something wrong....the verdict is.....I like the new look. It's cool.

    As far as printing them--if you email your flyers to either Office Depot or Offix Max, with our discounts it works out to be about 25 cents a copy for color--I don't print the second page of the flyer anyway for the host, I print it for me and keep it in a notebook with my calendar--if they purchase the item and want to know the exact cost I tell em. Most of the time they are more intrigued by the % off than the actual amount. Also, when you print them at Office Depot or Office Max because they are printing them directly from the file and not a copy of YOUR copy, and because they usually use laser paper in their color copiers, it is a very clean crisp copy. You can email them right to the store--directions are on both of their websites, and they will have them ready for you when you get there.

    I like the new look.
     
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  18. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    I like the new look, but what I don't like about them is that if I print them on my home printer, I can't get full bleed (the photo running off the edge) printing, so it looks bad. When there's white space at the edge of the flyer, then it still looks OK printed on a printer that requires margins of some kind.
     
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  19. Pampered_Ashley84

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    Hey Elaine,

    I'm not sure where you are in Louisville, but I always go to the Office Depot at the Summit. I signed up for the discount card on the PC website and I pay .03 per page color and black and white. It's an awesome deal and they've always been really helpful. HTH
     
  20. urbnk8

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    Wouldn't it be nice if they made the "Your Consultant Is" section a fillable section? Then we could print them out with our info already on it.
     
    Jan 8, 2010
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  21. ChefBeckyD

    ChefBeckyD Legend Member Gold Member

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    If you are paying .03 per page for color, than someone at OD doesn't know what they are doing!

    I pay .03 for B&W....I don't know of ANYPLACE that does color for anywhere close to that price - even on sale!
     
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  22. baychef

    baychef Senior Member Silver Member

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    I too am in the minority! They look fine to me...I guess I didn't take the time to really study them. On thing I did like very much is that the wording on the bottom of the page all fits on!

    I print the color host and guest specials from the PDF file. In February the last item... small bar pan and the info gets cut off. I just made stickers that I put on to complete the grid but glad we don't have to do that every month!

    Things like this don't bother me too much. And the smiles? I have no problem with smiles:)...just frowns:(!
     
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  23. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    One thing I didn't think to say before is that I print things 1/2 size. I put the host and guest special on one sheet for my hosts. At shows I use a 1/2 sheet guest special. For March I actually used just the first page of the flyer and put the chart on the bottom of that page. The crop line on the pieces is much less noticeable when it's printed 1/2 size.

    I make my specials flyers in Publisher and use the snapshot feature to copy from the PDF. Before anyone asks, I won't post my flyer. I'm always willing to share, but this would only be good for a few weeks, it would have my info on it, and if you don't have the latest version of Publisher you won't be able to use it anyway. (Sorry if that sounds snarky; that's now how I mean it. I just don't have any inclination to create a bajillion versions of one monthly flyer.)
     
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  24. baychef

    baychef Senior Member Silver Member

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    Then how about a bajillion minus one? How much IS a bajillion?

    Ok...all wise cracks aside...I love your idea of putting them on one sheet of paper!!! And I do understand about different versions of Publisher...ummm....on my home computer, I have the 2000 version!!!! So no other Publisher file comes through.
     
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  25. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    My definition of bajillion is more than I want to mess with. :) That could be 1 or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000.
     
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  26. Chefgirl2

    Chefgirl2 Advanced Member Gold Member

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    Those are great tips!
     
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  27. kimcooks4u

    kimcooks4u Member Gold Member

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    Yes! I so agree!!!...for the outside order forms as well.
     
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  28. Laura4

    Laura4 Member

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    Try doing a "Fast Draft" it'll use less ink.
     
    Jan 20, 2010
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  29. Jewel

    Jewel Member Gold Member

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    pdfescape.com! I add my info, save then send it to Office Depot!
     
    Jan 20, 2010
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  30. ShelbyMichalek

    ShelbyMichalek Veteran Member

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    I really don't like that they put the catalog page #'s on there. Did they stop to think that the page numbers will be different in the Spring/Summer catalogs and it will be very confusing when in March we'll use the S/S catalogs?
     
  31. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    They don't match up w/ the S/S catalogs?
     
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  32. ShelbyMichalek

    ShelbyMichalek Veteran Member

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    I don't think so, I'll double check but I don't think they do. I think they're a page or two off.
     
  33. Becca_in_MD

    Becca_in_MD Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I was wondering about this today but haven't checked. I don't have the new catty nearby.
     
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  34. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    I just looked...the page numbers are 1-2 pages off for the F/W catalog...so I bet they ARE going to be just fine for the new S/S catalog, when they apply.
     
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  35. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    The page numbers on the March host flyer DO match up with the S/S catalog.
     
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  36. heather223

    heather223 Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I like the new style, but also wish they would make it so we could fill our consultant info in.
     
    Feb 5, 2010
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  37. urbnk8

    urbnk8 Member

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    I totally agree! I was thinking the same thing. That would be really nice!
     
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  38. NooraK

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    While they figure out how to do that (we should all be emailing Tech Support requests for this), you can use PDFescape to type onto existing PDFs.
     
    Feb 5, 2010
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  39. redsoxgirl

    redsoxgirl Veteran Member

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    I like the old ones much better.
     
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  40. chefann

    chefann Legend Member Gold Member

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    If you're a Mac user, you can use the Preview program that comes as part of the OS to annotate PDFs and put your info on them. It's also nice for putting info (and name for writing checks) on outside order forms.
     
    Feb 6, 2010
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