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  • is there such a thing as Bog Standard Pricing?

    Posted by Martin C on November 26, 2002 at 11:43 pm

    As my main business is T-shirt printing and despite having done some big orders for Banners and things over the years I still get stuck on an almost daily basis when it comes to pricing basic signs.

    Take this week as an example. Local company has some shirts and Banner for special club night. No problem, know where I am on both of them. Then he asks for a 6′ x 2′ sign to display in a window of another venue. Covered in single colour vinyl, plus half a dozen words.

    I can’t buy cheaper Foam centered card without buying a number (25!) of sheets so have opted for 5mm Foamex as I know I’ll soon find a use for the offcuts.

    BUT…what is a sign like this worth?

    When I’m busy enough to turn business away it’ll be about £500 😀 but in the meantime I’m wondering how much I should ask for without sounding cheap?? (?) (?) (?)

    Sparky replied 20 years ago 6 Members · 8 Replies
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  • Robert Lambie Robert Lambie

    Member
    November 27, 2002 at 12:03 am

    use fluted forex martin… it comes in box of ten is dirt cheap and is always hady for cheap signs…

    its weather proof also and lets the vinyl stick very well… the text can also be changed if need be at later date… not like the vard that would rip the surface away…

    also its easily cut with a stanely knife…

    just another option

  • Richard Urquhart

    Member
    November 27, 2002 at 10:34 am

    rob can you give me a contact number so i could get hold of the board you suggested to martin i,m in the same boat and could help me right out ta mate

  • Martin Pearson

    Member
    November 27, 2002 at 12:09 pm

    Richard, Europoint do fluted board so give them a ring, I dont know where your local depot is but the Scottish number is 0141 427 6111. It has a few different names, its also called fluted polypropaline (not right spelling!!), and correx.
    Martin using 5mm foam seems an expensive way of producing this sign, as rob says try fluted board or you could have done a banner for him to display in the window.

  • Martin C

    Member
    November 27, 2002 at 12:23 pm

    I had some Correx but it wasn’t flat enough or firm enough for the place it will be displayed and I’ve covered it in dark Yellow vinyl first which wouldn’t sit well on the fluting,……. the way I do it anyway!!

    Does £75 sound too cheap for a 6’x2′ short term exhibition board?

  • Mike Brown

    Member
    November 27, 2002 at 1:45 pm

    Martin C’…

    use the 5mm foam board as you say, cover it in yellow or whatevert he colour was and then letter it. I’d have said £55-£70 depending on the usual (level of detail, quality of finish needed and the customer too!).

    any problems – give me a call…

    more soon

    mikethesign

  • Robert Lambie Robert Lambie

    Member
    November 27, 2002 at 1:48 pm

    not sure why that would be mate… i would have thought the forex would be more rigid than the foam core paper stuff… did you have the flutes running verticle or horizontal…

    as for covering in vinyl… theres a demo in the demo area on how fluted board should be covered..
    click to veiw demo
    https://www.uksignboards.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=653

    remember though you can buy the forex in colours. i think you may be able to buy a mixed colour pack also,.

  • Martin Pearson

    Member
    November 27, 2002 at 5:03 pm

    Mike your reply to Martin C has given me new hope that at last I might be getting my prices about right, my price for 6′ x 2′ 5mm foam worked out to £60 which is right in the middle of your 55-70. Well almost anyway!!!

  • Sparky

    Member
    November 27, 2002 at 7:29 pm

    This one made interesting reading for me too, I did exactly the same for a customer today.

    2 of 3’x2′ @ £35 each
    1 of 6′ x 2′ @ £65

    Gave him a free shadow on the name & 10% as he always pays on collection. easy work in my book 🙂

    John