Customs: Good lord them stickers is E-spensiv!

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  1. ShadowStitch

    ShadowStitch vectoring the hate plague

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    Man alive! I just went to reprolabels, and on a whim, added to my cart every repro sticker set I would need to restore all the worn G1 figures I've acquired, add the missing details to my WST figs, and snazz up my alternators.

    The end result was 22 sticker sheets totalling $138.00!!! (and 2$ shipping :D )

    MEGA-OUCH! :eek: 

    I don't know if the medium they're using is really that expensive, or if, like arcade repro artwork providers, you're paying primarily for access to their graphics database, and for the time they spent cleaning up and preparing the artwork...but the fact remains, that's a whole lotta puddin!

    Not to say I have any complaints with the quality of their products -- they're absolutely top notch stuff -- it's just so FREAKING expensive. I wish they'd offer at least a small discount incentive, like 10% off orders over 100$ or something like that...

    But I gotta get em sometime, and there's no other place to get em...so as it stands, I'm just gonna have to save my pennies for a while, in order to afford these...um...stickers. :redface2: 
     
  2. TTT

    TTT OutOfCommissionToys.com

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    As the old saying goes..."you wanna play, you gotta pay".

    They do make great stuff so for me cost isn't an issue, you always get your moneys worth.
     
  3. frenzyrumble

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    The more I've ordered from them, the better they've been to me. It's true, you are restoring 20+ year old stickers, and they are custom made, so you pay a bunch. From what I've seen, they don't have ANY stock stickers, even autobot/con symbols are custom printed and cut on order.

    Only thing that kills me with them is the 2+ week shipping time from Canada....
     
  4. maximus_primal

    maximus_primal Autobot

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    Like TTT says "you want to play, you gotta pay." I absolutely love their stuff and they have been great to me. I personally think their stuff is a great deal. If you have a lot the trick is to buy a little each month.
     
  5. MrMurder

    MrMurder Well-Known Member

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    well there is always the old fashion way of making your own
    probably need to have one hell of a snazzy printer (which i do) :rock 
    i plan to give this a shot myself cuz as you said, those stickers are expensivo

    here's the radicons tutorials on how to make your own
    http://www.tfw2005.com/radicons-customs/browsecategory.php?do=searchresults&searchid=3027

    ... well now i almost feel like a tool. lol, the one tutorial in there is by... hmm... you?
     
  6. ShadowStitch

    ShadowStitch vectoring the hate plague

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    Yeah, I don't want, in any way, to construe that the stickers they sell aren't spectacular, because I've used their labels before and they're absolutely first class -- it's just startling when you add up all the little 3$ and 5$ sticker sets and you realize you've spent enough to easily buy a MP-05, or perhaps that PSP you've been eyeing. Opportunity cost is a bitch. :p 

    Hahaha, not EXACTLY. I just photoshop a lot. I'd print my own if I could, but as it stands I've never printed anything more complex than basic inkjet stickers on adhesive-backed label material and basic vinyl plotting -- nothing professional grade and waterproof like these guys. Amateur inkjet printing, sealing, etc...It's a lot of work to handmake something that looks even remotely as good as their stuff.

    It's just really freaking expensive, is all. :lol 
     
  7. frenzyrumble

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    I'm pretty sure a lot of their stickers are thermal printed, and/or printed with UV ink on foils. To try to do this yourself, you'd need to build all the stickers on your graphics program, make sure they all fit perfectly then print with a home laser or ink jet printer... most likely it'll create a mess and cost more than just ordering from repro.
     
  8. wheeljaxx

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    As someone who DOES make labels, to get top notch stuff like reprolebels.... Your better off just paying the $5 per set. seriously. it takes HOURS UPON HOURS to vector the graphics, then print them ( they print white ink, AND pre-cut them.

    sure you can just scan and print, but then you dont have the quality, and home printers still don't print white ink.

    you ordered 22 sets, at $5 + each on average, what did you expect, $30??

    reprolabels ( and myself) offer a service, we cant give things away for free.
     
  9. frenzyrumble

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    yeah, at one time I worked in a sign shop, we built vector versions of everything, some went into vinyl production using sometimes 20 different colors...it was not fun.
     
  10. ShadowStitch

    ShadowStitch vectoring the hate plague

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    Hey, hey now... I never said I wanted anything for free, and yes, I've done years of graphic design work; in a sign shop, a web/print design house, and a textile company (The latter consisting mostly of vector tracing ridiculous T-shirt designs featuring drag racing muscle cars. Gag.)

    I know the work that goes into it -- I personally have a collection of over 400 gigs of custom arcade artwork that I've spent innumerable hours working on, and could probably resell for thousands, or even open my own business selling the repro art if I really wanted to. But like you say, there's a certain price on your effort, and a certain expected remuneration for your time spent preparing the graphics, not to mention the cost of setting up a professional printing room with the proper dye sub equipment and vinyl printers and all that other expensive hoo-ha.

    And of course, people are free to charge whatever they want, when they've cornered the market and people have no choice but to pay it if they want the products you sell... But it's not as if I was adding multiple Fort Max size sticker sheets (which are a whopping 48$, I might add) to my order or anything. These were mostly small sticker sets, and I balked because yes, I honestly expected to spend maybe 75$...not twice that.

    I was just posting because I was shocked to see that these decals command such premium prices. It's hard to justify half the cost of a figure, just for a sheet of stickers...
     
  11. REDLINE

    REDLINE longer days, plz? Veteran

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    if you actually FOUND original stickers for all those you put in your basket, and then compared the price, THEN you'd be shocked. Not to mention his stickers are BETTER than the originals anyway. I don't think he's charging much at all.
     
  12. Spekkio

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    Sounds like a case of sticker shock. Ba-dum-chik!
     
  13. Rod

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    BOOOOOOO!
     
  14. dark69

    dark69 BlackArachnia Terrorize!

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    wish they would do gold and silver autobot/con symbols
     
  15. Superquad7

    Superquad7 We're only human. Super Mod

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    You could always try to get your labels from original label sheets from ebay. I think once you did that search, you'd see the bargin you're getting from Delta :wink: 
     
  16. anovasinn

    anovasinn THE PAINTS MUST FLOW!!!

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    everybody hit the nail on the head. also if you want expensive order a special set i shelled out $50.00 for 1 set of special stickers do i regret it...... no.

    like the other guy said just order a few at a time thats what i do
     
  17. iDarkDesign

    iDarkDesign Rodeo Lawyer

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    Exactly! Just order a set each week. It'll run you half a year of happy stickering! And you'll spend an average of 7 bucks a week.

    They did a limited run of gold symbols. Free with every $XX. I still have a couple of those.

    I've done business with reprolabels since they started. And I'm still amazed at how their work improved and how perfect we thought it was in the beginning. But comparing the new labels to the old, the old labels are shit! I still order there regurlarly and also love the upgrades.


    iDD
     
  18. REDLINE

    REDLINE longer days, plz? Veteran

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    they're doing the silver ones again right now.. free with every $25 purchase.
     

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