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i start with about 15 and then just keep making more copies. i can't afford to make that many copies at one time. maybe one day.
Well, this question is really predicated on what you are doing with your zine.
Do you print for 20 friends? Do you send out copies for review? Do you actively solicit trades? Are you going to a zine show sometime soon?
But definitely printing a copy before printing a bunch is a good idea to make sure it's correct.
I normally start with printing 1,000 and that's a 2 year supply ideally. That may sound crazy in contrast to the postings here, but it's about $200-300 which is then 20-30 cents each. Some zines I've started with 4,000, because I didn't know what I was doing, wanted to get a really cheap price per zine, or never wanted to do a reprint.
if i was photocopying something now that i didn't want to share with every yahoo that i met at a zine conference, i would make 100-200.
because if you even sent out 5 copies for review and gave 10 to your friends you'll be getting orders for around 2-3 per review, it seems you quickly pass 50 copies if you going to sell them anywhere.