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     Martyn Heath updated 2 weeks ago 4 Members · 10 Posts
  • Martyn Heath

    Member
    April 5, 2021 at 6:27 am

    Happy Easter Monday everyone. This is how I’m spending the day. Only 150 to do 🤦, What a killer. 10 quid an hour isn’t good enough for the kids so Im on my own. It’s jobs like this that get you thinking about where your at in life 😂 luckily I’ve got all day to analyse it

    • This discussion was modified 2 weeks, 1 day ago by  Martyn Heath.
  • David Hammond

    Member
    April 5, 2021 at 8:50 am

    I’ve gotten increasingly lazy over lockdown.

    I look at some jobs now and just outsource it. I can’t be bothered standing weeding, or cutting, when I can outsource and get the finished job back in days, and make a decent margin for doing very little.

    Work smarter not harder.

    • Martyn Heath

      Member
      April 5, 2021 at 9:01 am

      This is one of our largest customers, one of the main reasons we got the job was because we do it inhouse an offer very good turnarounds. Its 3 months of crying myself to sleep every year. then the football season finishes

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    April 5, 2021 at 10:45 am

    I am probably asking the obvious, but could it not have been printed?

    looking again at the carrying paper, is it garment vinyl?

    Regardless, I feel your pain mate. Since November I have told our guys no matter what, get all the OLD vinyl on our racks used up before ordering anything. This was becoming a bit of a pain for them as they were using up lots of roll ends with print so loading and unloading the machine a fair bit. then there were odd colours of vinyl, incorporating the colours into designs for non-repeat vans and signs. Anyway, our vinyl spend for the period has gone down considerably, a real eye-opener for me! anyway, my point was… we had an 8×4 correx sign with loads of red text. it was for this Easter weekend only. so we used some translucent red vinyl that had been on the rack for god knows how long. took a fair bit of cutting time, but then there was three of us weeding it because the vinyl didn’t want to come away from the liner very easy. then, worse again, the application tape didn’t want to lift the centres of letters and sometimes the edges. total nightmare. printers were busy and the guy coming back shortly for the sign, so we had to plod-on. 😫🤣

    needless to say, the rest of the roll went into the bin. and just proves why you should not have vinyl left on the racks too long! 🤔

    • Martyn Heath

      Member
      April 5, 2021 at 11:33 am

      Yes rob these are for garments and the logo requires garment to show through. Hence my pain.

      I see what your saying about the vinyl issue. Your right we have hundreds of pounds worth sitting around that should be used up anyway we can. However like you said it can come back to bite you in the ass. I tend to have a clearout every 5 years. Bin it all give it to locals for arts and crafts

  • David Hammond

    Member
    April 5, 2021 at 11:40 am

    I’ve a friend who does lots of football club work, to the point he’s stuck his embroidery machines in storage, and busy doing print for them. It’s very lucrative for him.

    Personally bores the socks off me. Same with doing 1000’s of labels and stickers.


    Like Rob said, there’s always that satisfaction when you’ve done a job and not needed to order anything in, we usually check whats on the rack before ordering. I need to get into a better habit of noting what colours we used for specific jobs though its a bit hit and miss.

    • Martyn Heath

      Member
      April 5, 2021 at 12:06 pm

      Oh there’s no doubt it adds up to a nice earner, your daily rate profit works out much less than doing vans all-day. However the numbers add up at the end of the month. In these 3 months I tend to do 1500-2k football pressings. Like you said bores the tits off me, can hold up production time for other jobs but adds I decent chunk to the yearly turnover. I also do ice hockey teams with is pretty much same setup

  • Robert Lambie

    Administrator
    April 5, 2021 at 12:11 pm

    We have a fixed set of brand and colours we stock and have had for many years now.
    Same with digital films.

    The issue we “had” not now as I’ve bled most away now, is specific orders that too much vinyl is ordered or in some cases, we have bought in stock for big jobs that have not gone ahead for whatever reason.

    Any vinyl I know of has a two-year shelf life before the warranty goes. That’s 2 years from it being manufactured though.
    * So it gets made and sits in the factory before being ordered by a supplier.
    * Transported by boat/aeroplane in containers or whatever.
    * sits in your supplier’s warehouse waiting to be ordered.
    * Sits on “your” shelf waiting to be ordered.

    You can see how 24 months can quickly go without realising the media is passing its shelf-life date.

  • Jeff Rea

    Member
    April 5, 2021 at 8:33 pm

    oh man, those four little dots above the letter “A” must be the tipping point, for you! 🤨🤔

    • Martyn Heath

      Member
      April 6, 2021 at 6:44 am

      yes it is but i have wrapped my wrists up for protection and so managed to get it all done without harming myself

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