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Are the cheap vinyl cutters worth it?

Discussion in 'Newbie Forum' started by Drewster2016, Sep 13, 2020.

  1. Notarealsignguy

    Notarealsignguy Active Member

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    Yes but in itself, you couldn't survive on just cutting vinyl and you wouldn't go out of business if you lost that guy.
     
  2. Jeremiah

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    Please dont compare ours to other business plans that some people call successful. Some companies have huge equipment payments, some could write a check for a new piece if equipment. We try to eliminate waste in payroll and materials. This requires us to do the work ourselves. Some people work to live. Some live to work and then the lucky few love life and enjoy the work they have chosen.
     
  3. ikarasu

    ikarasu Very Active Member

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    It's impossible to do everything though. If someone comes in wanting powder coated signs... Do you turn them.away? Or.if you're slammed and a customer needs a roll of.covid decals... Do you outsource it and keep your customer happy, or tell them you're too busy and look elsewhere?

    Our shop is good at signage and vinyl. We've dabbled in 3d signage and illuminated.... But our quality of work isn't up to omwhat our standards are set to. We don't turn down work.... We sub it out to a shop that we know does good illuminated signs.

    There's plenty of reasons to sub something out, it's,not.just about time or money. Sometimes knowing what your limits are is better for the customer.
     
  4. Texas_Signmaker

    Texas_Signmaker Very Active Signmaker

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    Don't be surprised how others spend their down time... if you outsourced more you too could have more S101 time
     
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  5. Notarealsignguy

    Notarealsignguy Active Member

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    I waste my time on here then ***** about being so busy and not having enough time to get it all done
     
  6. kcollinsdesign

    kcollinsdesign Active Member

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    Go ahead. Buy the plotter. It will work fine. Get some 10 yard rolls of vinyl and a roll of transmask tape. Buy a sign making computer program and learn how to use it (it will likely run fine on your existing computer). Buy some font licenses (or steal some online, they are availble but with no license to use). Get a few extra rolls of vinyl because you will screw a lot up when you are learning. Make sure you have a big, flat rigid table to apply your transmask (trapping air is a *****). Learn how to set your plotter blade for accurate weeding, and practice weeding for a while until you get the hang of it (once vinyl sticks on something, it is done). Make sure you have air-conditioned space to store your vinyl, and make double sure you vacuum and dust before attempting to cut, weed, and mask your vinyl (you will be in an airconditioned space, so it should not be a problem). Make sure you use the right vinyl for the job (cast, calendared, hi-tack tape, low-tack tape, etc.).
    Or order your cut vinyl from a local shop and save several thousand dollars and several weeks of time.
     
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  7. kcollinsdesign

    kcollinsdesign Active Member

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    Or better yet, let the local sign shop do the whole job and save even more time and money!
     
  8. Geneva Olson

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    Then while you're weeding and the letters start getting stuck to each other. When you start to feel like a toddler with a ball of tape. Or you lose a dot on an "i".
    good times! LOL
     
  9. JBurton

    JBurton Signtologist

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    I have this image in my head, of Mr Drewster going in and asking for prices, 1 sticker at 25" x 7", 1 at 16"x25" etc. They priced him one off pricing, or a minimum. He does the math for the 100 dumpsters he needs to letter, and sh*ts his pants over their stupid high quote. Proceeds to invest multiple hundreds of dollars on a $150 job if he had just provided quantity.
    Here's the real question: Why didn't anybody point him to a cricut?
     
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  10. Jeremiah

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    Cricut. Have you ever added up the total cost of a Cricut? A friends wife started using a Cricut. She regrets it. She told me she has about 1000.00 into it and their material and accessories are crazy expensive .
     
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