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Going Once, Going Twice…

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Tips for successfully sourcing used printers from an online auction house

Purchasing items through an online auction has become increasingly popular—and can be cost-effective—but there is some apprehension among potential buyers, as there should be. Consider these online-auction safeguarding tips from the Better Business Bureau (bbbonline.org):

• Trust your instincts. If you don’t feel comfortable buying or bidding on an item over the Web, or if you feel pressured to place your order immediately, maybe you shouldn’t.

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OEM Used Programs

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Some printer manufacturers offer previously used printers

The manufacturers listed below offer previously used printers or have a program in place that can enable interested buyers/sellers to connect. Quotes are from manufacturers’ representatives. Contact the OEM directly for more information.

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Buying Used

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Consider these variables when pursuing a previously owned printer

One of the largest one-time expenditures facing any print provider—particularly those shops just entering the market—is equipment, specifically printers. While smaller rollfed machines can be had for as little as $2500, the buy-in price for a production-oriented rollfed or flatbed is considerably higher.

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Partnering with Competitors

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Engaging competitors as partners may help friend and foe weather an economic storm

In all aspects of life, your competitor is a rival that you strive to defeat. Usually, his loss is your gain and vice versa. In our industry, we often compete with one another for the same markets with similar products and services, sometimes competing for the same customer. In the latter, whoever wins might, literally, be taking food off the other company’s table.

In this difficult economic climate, however, there has never been a better time to turn to a select few competitors and engage them as partners. Why? You need each other.

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Alcan Becomes 3A Composites

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“Our customers will continue to derive high value from the world’s leading composite substrates.”

Schweiter Technologies, which completed its acquisition of Alcan Composites this past winter, has changed the name of the company to 3A Composites. The company’s well-known product brands include Alucobond, Dibond, Fome-Cor, Sintra, Gator, Gator-Ply, Omni-Flute, Syn-Ply, Luxcell, and others.

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Midwest Sign Show Heads to Cincinnati in June

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Event will feature exhibition hall and seminars

Registration is available now for the Midwest Sign Show, to be held at the Marriott North in Cincinnati, June 25-26, 2010. A joint effort of the International Sign Association and the Midwest Sign Association, the event will include table top exhibits, an education session on sales and marketing, as well as panel forums on digital film and equipment. Networking opportunities include a golf scramble and preview party at the American Sign Museum.

Midwest Sign Show
signs.org/MWSS
 

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Wigging Out

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Superwide signs showcase hair accessories retail locations

Unicorn Graphics, a commercial printer with an expanded wide-format inkjet business in Garden City, New York, has an ongoing relationship with Shake-N-Go (SNG), which bills itself as the “world’s largest manufacturer of hair extensions, wigs, hairpieces, and accessories.” As part of the deal, Unicorn produces new signs for all the company’s retailers every two years. This results in hundreds of SNG graphics annually for Unicorn. The kicker is that each store uses identical images—but in different ways on different materials.

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