so a potential customer messaged me via facebook asking about me photographing their reception, they state they want a photobook so i give them a quote and they are happy but then .. do you use lay flat photobooks? i say what do you mean by lay flat (obviously now making myself sound like a retard) oh comes the response most ''professional'' photographers use lay flat photobooks as otherwise the image in the middle is un viewable
I use Graphistudio and Sim2000. You'll need to open an account and prove you're a pro to access both of them, but trade is around £200 for A4/40pages/std finishes. Lay flats have been around for as long as photobooks were invented, they just tend to be at the top end of the quality market. The dealers that supply pros don't publish their trade prices on the internet, else your customers would be moaning about you making a profit. Although if they did then most people would realise how expensive they are compared to the Bobs Books/Tescos pap.
Photobox. reasonably priced for the quality of book produced.
I wouldn't say they were reasonably priced. I would say they were cheap in both product and price compared to other companies offering products specifically for the wedding market. From the limited information provided, it would not be unreasonable to assume the customer was after something of higher quality. However, there are people on a budget and sometimes that's all they are going to afford.
In this instance, it sounds like you may be fighting an uphill struggle to secure the booking without a portfolio of albums for the bride and groom to view. It may be worth getting some demo albums made to order.