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SPC's Cooperative Group Buys 55,000 cases of Paper!

2019 Paper Bid:

SPC, for 2019, has awarded their Paper Bid to International Paper (IP) labeled Relay Multipurpose manufactured in Alabama, USA.  Relay matches up in quality to IP Hammermill CopyClick here to see the normal price for Hammermill paper. You will be shocked to see what they are selling a case of Hammermill paper for.


SPC is not marking up the paper. This is a free value add service. Stock will be available after April 1, 2019. Prices firm through Sept. 30, 2019. For SPC's pricing reach out to James Cartwright at


Delivery is guaranteed in less than 2 - 4 business days. Our provider ships throughout the northeast with several of it's own trucks and will accommodate a rush delivery inside their regular business days (Monday - Friday depending on location).

SPC 2019 Paper Bid Grid ...10 Reams per Case


Prices will be based on type, size and quantity purchase.

SPC 2019 Paper Bid Grid…10 Reams per Case
White8 1/2 X 11840 Cases Tail Gate Drop
White8 1/2 X 11840 Cases No Tail Gate Drop
White8 1/2 X 11Under 840 per 40 Case Skid
White8 1/2 X 11Under 40 Cases
White8 1/2 X 14Under 40 cases
White11 X 17Under 40 Cases
Color8 1/2 X 11Under 40 Cases
Paper bid color options
Paper bid color options
Paper bid color options
Paper bid color options


We have committed to 55,000 cases of paper, which sounds like a lot, but we only buy for 20% of all schools across Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. That being said, we will be opening this bid up to 100% of all schools across all three states. To those not yet our clients, we are asking for the opportunity to demonstrate in person our primary tool for handling the copier bid, which we guarantee will save you hundreds of thousands of dollars depending on the size of your district. (See free cost appraisal.) If you agree to become an SPC client for your next copier purchase, we will refund $5.00 per case as a retainer toward that equipment upgrade.


For our SPC client base, we will offer $500 as a  referral of any district that becomes an SPC client.


SPC has spent 30 years warrantying photocopiers and has been involved in resolving issues with hundreds of machines that have performed poorly. Notoriously, the servicing vendor blames the paper. While that reason may in some cases be an excuse to distract from the real reason, poor paper quality definitely is a major cause for an increased number of service calls and has always played a major role in the reliability of the copiers. For example, the amount of paper dust generated as the paper travels through the paper path will definitely affect the amount of jams in all copiers. If the paper is not cut uniformly or there is a serious paper curl, this too will increase the amount of jams.


Poor quality paper costs the industry thousands of dollars in increased service calls, often leading to premature replacement of equipment. Therefore, acquiring a reliable brand of paper is tantamount to improving the reliability of your equipment.


Maintaining high quality standards within the paper industry is critical. But when the price of paper increases rapidly, which is the case in 2019, the temptation to settle for a generic brand of paper is stronger than ever. A generic brand is a private label such as Quill, Staples or WB Mason. In an effort to gain the best pricing, the marketing strategy is simple. They put out to bid to paper mills across the world to attract the best price. The successful bidder gets put into that private label. The problem is, you don’t know which mill or which country that paper is coming from. So from year to year or even from month to month the quality may shift.


Millions of dollars are spent every year in building a paper company’s image. And when they put their own name on that paper their entire reputation rests on the quality of that paper. That is why it is always better to buy and use a US Domestic-branded paper because you will increase the likelihood of a consistent quality product. That is the good news! The bad news is a US Domestic-branded paper will always cost more. So I guess the old adage applies, “you get what you pay for”!


So while paper prices have unexpectedly gone up, we hope SPC has taken away some of the pain of that increase!

Specialized Purchasing Consultants Paper Bid



The designation given to a sheet of paper in terms of weight of 500 sheets (one ream) in the standard size for that grade:

Offset - 25" x 38"; Reprographic - 17" x 22"; Tag - 24" x 36"; Vellum Bristol - 22 1/2" x 281/2".


The basis weight of a typical grade of reprographic paper would be 20 lb. Bond (indicating 500 sheets, 17" x 22" weighing 20 pounds).


The caliper (or thickness) of paper at a given basis weight determines its bulk and is affected by processing done to get smoothness and porosity. Variations in caliper across the sheet will cause problems such as loose edges, baggy areas and misregister.

Caliper is measured by a micrometer having a foot diameter of 5/8" which is clamped against the sheet as 7 p.s.i. pressure. Results are reported in ten-thousandths of an inch.

A caliper reading is usually the average of several tests across the sheet.


The moisture content of paper is affected by both the drying conditions when made and the relative humidity environment in which it is used. Ideally, paper should be made with a moisture content in equilibrium with the relative humidity where it will be used. Of course, environmental conditions vary at different places and times of the year. Ideal conditions seldom occur. If paper is drier than its environment, it will pick up moisture; and if lower it will lose moisture. Under extreme differences, these changes in moisture level will cause dimensional changes in the paper and cause problems such as curl, warp and waviness. Ideally, paper is in balance with an environment of 740F and 50% relative humidity.

To achieve accurate and reproducible results, exacting test procedures are followed to determine paper moisture. The sample is weighed, dried in an oven at 1050C and then weighed dry. The difference in weight is the amount of water in the sheet removed by drying. Paper is generally made to contain between 4% and 7% moisture.


Aside from its aesthetic importance, paper brightness affects the legibility and contrast of printing. The brightness test measures the reflectance of paper under strict optical conditions and relates it to a white standard (Magnesium Oxide). This test is mainly applicable to white paper grades. Basic offset grades are usually in the 80% brightness range.


Opacity is the lack of transparency that allows a sheet to conceal print on its reverse side. Opacity is greatly influenced by basis weight, brightness, type of fiber and filler. In testing, reflectance of paper is measured when backed successfully by a white body and a black body. The ratio of these two measurements determines the opacity reading. Typical opacity of 50 lb. white offset is 88-90; 20 lb. business paper is 84-88.

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