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A fake degree can be a great way to boost your self esteem, encouraging one to work hard and graduate - or you can use one as a movie prop - to be used as a set piece. But how much does a fake degree cost?

This article will provide some information about degree document printing costs so you will know what to expect when ordering one online.

Fake degree printing cost depend on several factors

When purchasing any sort of custom-made products, the cost often comes down to quantity. The more of an item you purchase, the lower the overall cost drops. Although some elements of a fake degree may be similar document-to-document such as the paper, a lot of each print is 100% custom-made. In the case of something like custom t-shirts, ordering 50 or more shirts is going to put a big dent in the final price due to bulk discounts. The same math doesn't apply when we're talking one degree or transcript, fully customized end-to-end. Yet, shops that produce more orders on average, are bulk purchasing supplies, which lowers their total operation costs allowing them to sometimes present lower cost fake degrees to consumers such as yourself.

The biggest factors in determining fake degree costs

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The finer detail of the diploma

No two degree prints are alike. In fact, when we studied the history of them, we realize how much degrees and diplomas have changed. Documents such as these use to be very detailed and ornate. Now the paper has less borders, less style, and more simplicity. All of this has helped down on the cost. Yet, some elements including seals and logos and school names are printed, an advanced technique that was not common years ago. It's also a feature more and more buyers are demanding in . It requires specific machines which is raising the cost of prints such as these.

Total printing cost

Although some degrees can be printed on simple ink-jet printers, raising text and seals requires higher-end equipment. Some shops may use an additive manufacturing process. This builds elements like the seal up layer-by-layer but the equipment can cost $20,000. Others shops will opt for a $3,000 thermography machine which is basically a large document feeder that lays down embossing powder onto the freshly printed wet document while applying heat to it. As the heat melts the powder mixes with the ink, causing the ink to puff up and lift off the page.

Thermography can achieve the look but it's prone to some issues, that as an additive printer, although much slower to print with, can better achieve.


Like any business, print shops making fake degrees may have a customer acquisition cost. Although the internet can make locating such customers more cost effective, the average cost to find a customer and make a sale can add up. As a result, many businesses opt for digital marketing solutions, where the product is advertised online, and the customer is directed to the business' website through ads, searches and purchases. This way, businesses can cut costs associated with brick-and-mortar stores, on top of reaching more customers to make more sales.


Although many areas of a print shop business can be handled remotely - answering service questions and processing sales - a lot of areas involving design and production have to be done from a functioning print shop. This often requires warehouse space that is zoned for such light commercial operations. At the other end of the spectrum, some companies opt to have their finished goods manufactured or distributed by another company. This is particularly true for products that require tight tolerances for fit, finish, and performance. The manufacturer can use special equipment and highly skilled workers to make certain that the product performs as required.

Time spent researching graduate documents

Diploma layouts can differ from school to school. Because of this a shop may have spent years collecting graduate certificates from real schools, recreating original layouts, and then using those layouts during the production and design process. The time spent collecting such documents cost money, making detailed records required to print fake degrees, an added expense.

Let's consider that are currently almost 5,000 higher educational institutes in the USA. Let's assume half those schools change their degree layouts every 3 years. That would mean over the span of the last 10 years, that's 10,000 possible layouts. That is a lot of information to keep track of, sort through, etc. A lot of sites may stick to one single layout - or two - for all college requests. Suppliers that keep detailed records are going to offer a true replication but the cost of the time spent to do this isn't free.

Cost of hiring and keeping good graphic designers

Like any custom document, shops are required to have trained graphic designers on hand. The cost of a graphic designer can depend on several factors. For instance, a designers salary may vary depending on their level of experience, education. According to UpWork, a graphic designer can earn $15 or $150 an hour or $290,000 as a yearly salary. Such expenses are added to the payroll of a print shop, which may employ anywhere from 2 to 3 graphic designers.

Other fees to think about.


Although it costs most suppliers would rather avoid, shipping is a costly expense. At the same time, this is a physical document that needs to find it's way from the print shop to the hands of the customer. This takes money but the cost adds-up, making the final cost of the purchase (the document plus shipping) too much for some. Most sites try to keep their delivery and shipping fees are low as possible, so it will make the final price more attractive. There are also options to get digital copies, avoiding shipping altogether, although a lot of customers do want a high-quality fake degree print that they can photography or frame and hang it up on their wall.

Extra Copies

A lot of sites will charge additional fees for extra copies of the degree. If the degree is printed using simple printing techniques, the fee is often minimal. If the degree was made using additive techniques, which can take anywhere from 30 to 50 minutes to complete, the cost of extra copes may jump significantly due to the time required to produce them.


A lot of suppliers will often lower cost pricing on the front end. When ordering, there are options to switch out the seal or upgrade the printing techniques used. Other sites opt to use simple flat pricing, where any resources needed to make the fake degree look real, are used. This offers a more simplified buying process.

With added costs and fees, what should you expect to pay for a fake degree?

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Recent research shows that the average cost of a knock-off degree, across all areas of the market, is close to $250. You may find a fake ged degree for $45 on the low-end and $100 on the high-end. The cost of a fake high school degree, is in about that same ballpark, with pricing maxing out around $150 per print. The more expensive options tend to come from college and university documents where prices can skyrocket up to $600 each. That may sound extremely high as it isn't uncommon to see a fake degree from a USA college for $180 or a fake degree from Australia for $200 these days. There are also plenty of "legitimate" businesses that will sell you a fake degree at a cost of a few hundred dollars.

A lot of the more insane prices come down to suppliers testing the market and seeing what they can get away with. They also often make incorrect claims about how their fake degrees can be verified. They can't be but the claim gives shoppers a false sense of hope. They often pay more and unfortunately get scammed in the process. The fact is, if somebody is desperate and willing to spend a grand or more, you can bet your bottom dollar that a fake degree supplier will take advantage of their desperation and promise them the world. All that aside, if keep your expectations in reason and stick with a reputable supplier, the pricing won't jump all over the map like that.

Other ways to save money

There are a few ways suppliers can help customers save on the cost of fake degrees. One way is through coupons and promotional discounts. Although most fake degrees can cost between $80 to $600, depending on the type of document you want, coupon codes can take 20% or 40% off the order total. You can ask for coupon codes when purchasing and if a sale is in need of sales on any given day, they may be more willing to give out these discounts. If they are busy, and unable to keep up with requests, there may be less flexibility. Keep in mind that a lot of fake degree shops slow down in the late summer and mid-winter months, which may be a good time to ask if they have any flexibility on pricing.

Another option is to package documents. A fake degree purchased with a transcript, as a complete set, you save you money. A lot of times a supplier may take the cost of the degree and the transcript, and reduce a complete set by 20% making it an easy way to lower the total cost.

A lot of times the cost of a fake degree comes down to the type of degree you want, the difficulty of producing it, and any flexibility the shop is willing to give you on pricing.

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