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just got my first Cricut startup visit

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by tsgstl, Oct 24, 2012.

  1. tsgstl

    tsgstl Active Member

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    Mother Daughter duo going to make it big with the Cricut. I could tell by their tiptoeing around attitude when they walked in that something was up. And their almost identical flowery paisley blouses (they don't hide the butt)

    They wanted a "vendor" for their "larger" projects
    After about two words out of their mouth I said "Wait a minute you guys don't own a Cricut do you?"
    The Mom actually told me she did not want her customers to know who I was and that they planned on buying a bigger machine. Apparently a thrift mall is a hotbed for larger sign orders. I'm buying a Bedasler and setting up shop in the next booth.
     
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    petesign Very Active Member

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    LOL! I had a lady come in and ask for all the scrap vinyl I could sell her at a discount.
     
  3. Marlene

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    I'm glad these people are out there as it keeps people from calling and wanting some dumba$$ saying for their wall and having to listen to the gasp when they hear it won't cost $5. they can have that market!
     
  4. rjssigns

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    Tell her you have a special every month on used wraps.
     
  5. TheSnowman

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    I should have looked at this differently too! I have a few people a year calling for my "scraps". I'd be glad to send them my PITA customers, and the ones that want stuff for their walls.
     
  6. LarryB

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    When they come in I tell them I do not sell vinyl even scraps.
     
  7. Gino

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    Ya gotta start somewhere............... :notworthy:
     
  8. WildWestDesigns

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    I get something like this too. I usually get people in that want to make it big doing embroidery, but they use a single needle sewing/embroidery machine. Now that's all fine and good if you aren't going to do more then 2 or 3 colors (depending on how fast you are at thread changing) for simple monograms, but normal corporate logo crests, fraid not.

    First pattern I digitized for one person had 10 colors in it, a few more color changes then that though as there was some going back and forth between colors.

    Surprising thing is that some are actual businesses trying to expand into this market.

    It takes all kinds.
     
  9. Jillbeans

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    Boy howdy this sign business is so easy even a girl can do it.

    I have not had a Cricutter....yet.
    But I did enjoy your description of them!
    Love...Jill
     
  10. Marlene

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    these craft people have a place in this world and one I am glad of 'cause it keeps them from calling me. we did one wall saying. we did it because the woman is our bank rep. I had to draw and re-draw this horrid thing so many times, I wanted to throw up. "can I see it with a script font" "can I see it on an arc" "what if we have it all upper case script, on an arc?" errrrr. then she wanted us to install it and I backed off and sent someone other than me because I thought if this woman opens her mouth, I may just shut it for her or shove that saying up her...nose. I sooooo hate those stupid sayings on walls and am so glad that the craft people are out there making these awful things and not me. the money in this is not good as they also have no clue that it should cost more than $2 for some "stickers"
     
  11. Suz

    Suz Very Active Member

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    Oh Geesh, They have no idea, do they? LOL!
     
  12. Suz

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  13. tsgstl

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    to be fair, I see plenty of big guts sporting Tapout shirts.



    btw 50% AT LEAST of my business is ran by my loving wife
     
  14. Suz

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    Okay, that's fair, seei'n you back paddle. :corndog:
    Just having some fun with you!
    Actually, I have the same reaction you did to the paisley shirt gals when a guy comes into my shop and sees my multi head embroidery machines humming away, after much set-up and design work. Their comment many times is, "You just push that button and it goes, right?"

    Me, "Yep!" Makes them happy to hear it's so darn easy! :banghead:
     
  15. so easy a ann coulter could do it....
     
  16. natedawg9640

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    well when i was young (and i'm only 28 now) I didn't have a cricut. I'd get scraps, take a piece of paper and doodle what i wanted, then use a number 10 knife blade to cut through the paper and the vinyl to produce my stuff. took me about 4 hours one night to make a cool looking dragon and skull (yeah shut up I was young) for my snowmobile hood. If folks are handy enough to give it a go with what they have available to them... I can't hate on that.
     
  17. Mainframe

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    Sure I sell just plain vinyl! There is a $40.00 min order though, but you get 6 feet!, should be enough for a couple of projects don't you think? Oh, you need 4 different colors, well call if you change your mind, Thanks,,,, I actually sold some like this but didn't get good repeat customers, not sure what happened to them??
     
  18. Edna

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    Vinyl and wall stensiling are the same thing?
     
  19. Gino

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    Yeah, in that sense...... so is throwing up and having diarrhea. It's all how you look at it....... dumb look.jpg
     
  20. binki

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    We like these customers. They come in and pretty much give up when they find out how much work it is and we pick up another club or school. If they become a pita then we fire them. Otherwise it has been good for us.
     
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