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Printing On and Purchasing Vinyl Stickers for Advertising

Vinyl Stickers

Sticker graphics can be used as labels, advertising, and industrial uses, to name a few reasons for printing on vinyl stickers. They come in a vast variation of sizes, from less than a square inch to 16 feet width rolls for semi truck trailers or storefront windows or transit bus graphic displays.

There are a few methods for printing but most smaller sizes, under 6 or 7 square feet, run in large volumes of 125 pieces or more are screen printed. Those larger than 7 or 8 square feet, especially smaller quantities, is now done on digital roll to roll printers. For those that are very large in dimension – over 5 ft. by 5 ft. – very few companies are manufacturing this large on a screen print press.

How Purchasing of Vinyl Stickers and Advertising is Done Online

personalized car vinyl decalMany companies making pvc sticker decals will also be able to digitally print very large sizes, for transit buses, interior or exterior wall billboards, semi truck trailers, and storefront windows. These extra large ones are always imprinted digitally, as grand format digital printers are now producing up to 16′ wide. I personally don’t know of anyone who does on-screen press.

If your business, educational institution, or group is in need of vinyl graphics for advertising, particular happening, or school spirit emblem, screen print processing is still the most economically valuable expenditure, at least for quantities over 250 to 500. Locating companies to make them should be easy, but apart from of where you look for the companies, you need to follow some solid rules to make sure you find a rock-solid, fair company.

When Looking for a Company, Following These Three Simple Steps to Purchase Vinyl Stickers May Save You a Lot of Expense, Time & Grief

Any time I need to make a key acquisition on the web, if I don’t have a highly recommended online store from a trusted source, I pursue some easy-to-follow steps to steer clear of monetary loss. Trust me when I say that when I’ve failed to institute these simple steps, I have about a 50/50 probability of getting scammed by businesses who operate on the theory that there’s a chump born every minute.

Action 1: Go to www.bbb.org. You’ll want the ZIP code of any firm your researching. Hint: If you are unable to find sufficient info about the location of the company printing on vinyl stickers, go find a different company. Any company doing business online will have at least a PO Box listed on their site, but preferably a physical address. Once you’ve inserted the ZIP code and business name, you’ll have to do this on 3 pages in a row, I think – a web page will come up with an evaluation of the company.

If a business firm has a score lower than an A or A+ rating, you’ll need to find out why. An A- rating may have been assigned due to a tax dispute or if it’s a newer one, under 5 years old. Nevertheless, the Better Business Bureau will inform you of all consumer complaints they’ve dealt with, so beware if there are a lot of unsettled customer disputes. If this is the case, I’d stay clear of this company.

The BBB is Great…However, Verify that the Printing Firm on a Couple More Consumer Watchdog Sites to Guarantee You’ll Get the Polyvinyl Graphics You Want

Actions 2 & 3: If the printer you’re considering comes up spotless in the BBB, Google the name of the firm. The BBB isn’t spotless – I’ve had occasional shortcomings from the BBB in the past – so if the one you’re researching appears on the page or two of Google, on a consumer watchdog site like www.RipoffReport.com or www.ComplaintsBoard.com, review it on each site, noting whether multiple customers filed complaints about them or if there is just one. If there is just one, it is likely that the issue may be insignificant, and you may want to call them and ask them to explain their side of the story.

So, when hiring a printer that does printing on vinyl stickers, if you follow the above 3 steps in researching, you’ll prevent yourself at least a headache and probably a lot of grief. Good luck!


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Barry K. Brown

Barry Brown has been in the Sign, Banner, Decal and Display Business for over 20 years. It isn't what he thought he'd do with his life, but he says he knows too much now to do anything else!

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