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The Old Switcheroo

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by anotherdog, Aug 3, 2012.

  1. anotherdog

    anotherdog Very Active Member

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    What a week, this is by way of a rant.

    So I get a big order from a big corporation that orders from us a couple of times a year. I have a roll of the high gloss banner they have every year in stock and place an order with my supplier for a couple more rolls to complete the urgent-ish order.

    I begin printing and get a third of the job done.
    The supplier delivers the extra rolls I need, I open them and...

    This is not the same banner, not even the same color. I check the name, Yup same name different banner. I need to get this job done so I hop in the car and drive to the supplier (2 hours away). I need to be sure to get the right banner before the weekend.

    There is my sales rep with two more rolls ready for me, but it's still not the same banner. Its this blue white stuff.

    Apparently the chinese supplier just decided to send a different banner. So my supplier just slapped the old name on these new banners...

    Now my customer hangs the new banners with the old, the old cream white with the new blue white? I think not. Yet try as I might I cannot find the old banner. Not even close.

    So sweat breaking out on my forehead I trash the banners I printed and begin printing using the blue-white.

    By the end of the weekend I have them all printed, cut down and carefully rolled. I drive them down to my finisher to be doubled over and have rod pockets stiched. Today they are delivered. each tightly rolled up with a big elastic band. Only they have also been in a hot garage all day with no Air conditioning.

    Yup, I slowly unroll and find all the ink transfered. The whole lot ruined.

    ....

    This weekend is actually my birthday, and rather than all the fun planned I have to sit by my printer and whine on Signs 101.

    Thank you chinese supplier, thank you banner wholesaler and thank you finisher. (except you know I mean another word than "thank" don't you).

    Oh, you though I was done?
    When I went down to the warehouse I also picked up a load of coroplast for mounting. My customers love the special flat coroplast with flatter ridges. I'm half way through mounting, open the new box and...yes, the warehouse packed the wrong corplast.

    Thank you.
     
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  2. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    Well, Happy Birthday, anyway.
     
  3. J Hill Designs

    J Hill Designs Major Contributor

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    ouch. happy birthday anyway.
     
  4. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

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    Call me crazy but couldn't you have just printed a cream white background while you were printing the banners instead of throwing 1/3 of them out?
     
  5. rjssigns

    rjssigns Major Contributor

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    Happy Birthday.:beer:wine-smi::bushmill: Have one of these while working.
     
  6. Gino

    Gino Major Contributor

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    C'mon Pat, it's Friday and he feels bad enough going into his birthday. Don't make him feel worse by telling him he could've saved the deal...............
     
  7. anotherdog

    anotherdog Very Active Member

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    Completely different banner, texture was different, and that fine a dot in yellow (I would have if I could).

    I sit here surrounded by enough wasted vinyl to make a circus tent.

    :birthday: to me.
     
  8. jfiscus

    jfiscus Adobe Shinobi

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    well, if you're at the circus - hire a clown for your party!
     
  9. Pat Whatley

    Pat Whatley Major Contributor

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    Makes sense to me. I sub out my printing, I have no idea how this stuff works.
     
  10. GAC05

    GAC05 Major Contributor

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    I've had those same issues happen to me but not all in the same week....

    Happy birthday and have a good weekend.

    wayne k
    guam usa
     
  11. visual800

    visual800 Very Active Member

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    tjhis is happening more and more to us. Switching out the older products for the cheaper quality and then acting like they have no freaking idea what your talking about when you call and complain. There is absolutely nothing we can do about it except dump the distributor and send a message and go one to the next one but im sure about 1 year of that we will run out of distributors.
     
  12. Craig Sjoquist

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    Sell the vinyl as tent material even sewn together maybe or floor mats while ya work on your car
     
  13. Suz

    Suz Very Active Member

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    Happy Happy Birthday, under your Big Birthday Circus Tent!
    Hope all goes well over the weekend and that you have an even bigger party next weekend!
     
  14. anotherdog

    anotherdog Very Active Member

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    I wish I could make a tent!
    Today is another day and being a weekend day, better than yesterday.
    I have a good book, a cold drink and a printer.

    life is good.
     
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