the new TMT laser with white toner… and other options…
Anyone got one / using one??
was looking at this at FESPA last week, really impressed by the new 2step ‘wow’ process. I’ve had a lengthy chat with David from TMT and I know it would be a useful addition.
however …. while I love the concept, I do struggle to comprehend why -what is essentially still an A4 oki laser, has a £2k price tag? the fespa offer runs for a while and includes about £300 of free stock which makes it more worthwhile but as a business who’s main business is not tee-shirts and trinkets in general, I wonder if it would ever pay for itself without some big orders very early on.
Now this isn’t a dig at TMT, far from it, they’ve been great with advice etc. it’s an industry thing… Just why is printing white so expensive??? the toner appears to be over £130 per cart! I can understand the white is more expensive but why would the CMY be more than double the cost of the 5600/5700 carts? I’m finding it really frustrating as I can think of a miriad of small niche areas that I’m already involved in but the outlay & printing costs is off-putting.
No doubt oki will only supply it with start-up carts- leading to a potential £500+ order for a set of carts. then of course papers which while they are coming down in price, are still expensive.
How much can you realistically charge for a tee? for an Iphone cover? I know and can see the benefits of the ability to print on dark garments and miriad other items, the potential and the costs involved but, is the customer gonna understand what you’re doing for them or will they just walk out because they think you’re taking the mickey?
Will it end up like the ricoh? I do more promo stuff for myself than customers – by a long way because of such a crap range of printable garments compared to the USA market.
anyways, before I make more decisions on this, are there any other options for printing white on dark garments without using a transfer paper like a skin / sticker?? the TMT oki is in the lead right now, purely because it is so versatile but unless I have someone on it all the time, I can’t see I can justify the outlay. I already have 4 printers, an oki & ricoh for tee’s, it would be better to use what I’ve already got!
overloaded my head with thinking I think!
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