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11th May 2015
 
 
This week's survey 
(These survey questions are sent in by our readers. Please spend a minute to give your answer to this week's survey as one or possibly more of your industry peers thinks this question is important and wishes to see your point of view as well as others in the industry.)  
 
How do wide format margins compare to other parts of your business?


Our last week's survey results...

 

What is the best business advice you have ever received? 

  • Outsource!!! Never get tied up with equipment as it changes too fast. (Michelle, Studio Splash) 
  • Try it, don't die wondering!! (Mark, Vivid print Services)
  • Jump in the deep end and swim like hell. Just do it !!!
  • Its not so much the best business advice I have ever received after over 43 years in the sign business, but the business advice that I didn't act on out of a misguided opinion that being the cheapest was the way to grow my business.
    Forty years ago I attended a signies conference at Terigal with John Hadfield. John Singleton who was the guest speaker asked all in attendance whether they were making enough money. Everybody put their hand up.
    "Well put your prices up you dumb F---ing idiots"
    I didn't.
    A few years later when hourly rates were averaging $40/ hour I asked John Hadfield what he was charging. He said, "Before I tell you, what are you charging?"
    I said, "$35 and hour and have more work than I can handle with heaps of stress". John said.
    "Well I'm charging $60/hour"
    I replied, "Jesus Christ have you got much work"
    John said, "We are steady, not a lot, but what we do have we make a good fair profit from"
    Further advice from my Dad.
    "Your employees are not your friends" (Barry, Scott Signs)
     
  • What you don't spend, you don't have to earn!
  • "Shut up and listen to your customer!"
  • Never borrow long term debt to invest in short term working capital needs.
  • Its cheaper to make an existing client happy than keep finding new ones.
  • Not so much advice but a quote from Picasso - This is one of my favourites quotes:The story goes -Picasso is sitting quietly having an espresso. Its you - Picasso the great artist, oh you must sketch my portrait please.
    he agreed.after a moments study he used a single pencil stroke to create her likeness.he handed the sketch to her...
    It is perfect she gushed, you captured my very essence thank you , how much would you sell it to me for? = $5000 he replied.
    What !, but it only took you just a few seconds to draw it....
    he replied - no madam its take me my entire life
    To me its about understanding the value of the signs you make - and the added value that sign or digital print can add to the clients business. Its not about 'how much it costs but rather the value the sign can offer. (John, Control Zone)
  • 20% of your customers probably account for 80% of your income. Make sure you look after those 20%. If you don't your competitor will. (Brian, Wide Format Online)
  • Very Good Question? an old saying in business, if you can't make profit-give it away.Can someone in the digital print and sign industry please explain to me how a print company in Sydney can print,hem and eyelet a 1.8m x 2m mesh banner for $20.00, am I missing something, I can't even supply the mesh and ink to do this job let alone be competitive. This is a perfect example of the destruction these people are doing to our industry, god help us! 
     
(As a publishing practice to protect ourselves from any potential liability, company and individual names that are referred to negatively in any of these comments are removed.
In addition we reserve the right to remove comments that are blatant advertising for one product or company)


You can view all the surveys we have done by clicking here.

 

 

Please spend a minute to give your answer to this week's survey as one or possibly more of your industry peers thinks this question is important and wishes to see your point of view as well as others in the industry.

 

If you have a subject that you would like us to survey, please send your subject to brian@wideformatonline.com. Thanks.) 

 

 

  

This month's Special Offers from industry suppliers

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Nationally
20th December 2015
CPH GroupKlikInk Eco Solvent Bulk Ink for your Roland Printer only $139.00 per Litre Ongoing with Free Bulk Ink System
Nationally30th May 2015
Nicholls TechnologiesPosterTex latex inkjet wallcovering - 50% off promo. Use discount coupon code PTEX50
Nationally8th May 2015
Total Image Supplies
Canon iPF785 36" Mult-Function Large Format Printer
Nationally30th May 2015

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The information will go into the first available newsletter.

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New South Wales

 

(NSW, Chipping Norton) Teckpro UV3200 roll to roll printer
(Posted 7th May 2015) 

(NSW, Sydney) Wanted LEC-300a, LEC-330 or LEC-540
(Posted 6th May 2015) 

(NSW, Albury) Pad Printer, Tosh Logica 2, 3 colour Machine
(Posted 30th April 2015) 

(NSW Pyrmont) VersaCAMM SP-300i Printer Cutter
(Posted 27th April 2015) 

(NSW, Casino) SOLJET pro 2
(Posted 27th April 2015) 

(NSW, Gosford) Gerber Edge 2 and software,
(Posted 15th April 2015) 

(NSW, Bexley) Roland SJ-740 in great working order,
(Posted 9th April 2015) 

(NSW, Thornleigh) HP Designjet 5500 42" UV/Dye tube kits
(Posted 1st April 2015) 

(NSW, West Kempsey) Roland CAMM-1 PRO Cutter on stand.
(Posted 29th March 2015) 

(NSW, Port Macquarie) Brand new Anilam 1600mm manual cold Laminator on stand.
(Posted 28th March 2015) 

(NSW, Wollongong) Mimaki JV33 and CJV30.
(Posted 27th March 2015) 

(NSW, Wyong) Camm 1 600mm cutter
(Posted 24th March 2015) 

(NSW, West Tamworth) 2nd hand Lightbox sign for sale.
(Posted 23rd March 2015) 

(NSW, Sydney) DIGITAL TSHIRT PRINTER DTG M2
(Posted 16th March 2015) 

(NSW, Seven Hills) HP L65500 2.5m wide Latex printer
(Posted 16th March 2015) 

(NSW, Seven Hills) HP Scitex Latex 850. 3.2m wide Latex printer
(Posted 16th March 2015) 

(NSW, Ingleburn) PosterPrint Pro V14 - RIP Software
(Posted 6th March 2015) 

(NSW, Deniliquin) Gerber Edge FX printer and GS15+ plotter
(Posted 25th February 2015) 

(NSW, West Ryde ) XAAR 318 Printheads
(Posted 23rd February 2015) 

 (NSW, Lilyfield) Used Mutoh Value Jet 1604 printer $2000.00
(Posted 20th February 2015) 

(NSW, Sydney) 1 Dilli Flatbed ( annapurna)
(Posted 16th February 2015) 

(NSW, Wauchope) Roland SP 540v with take-up,
(Posted 15th February 2015) 

(NSW, Wetherill Park) AGFA Anapurna M Flatbed Printer.
(Posted 10th February 2015) 

(NSW, Ashfield) Roland VS-540i
(Posted 2nd February 2015) 


ACT


(ACT, Fyshwick) FOR SALE: Mimaki CJV30-130 Take up roller. Rasterlink 5 Pro software Bundle. Call 0414 545 564

(Posted 20th April 2015) 

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Victoria

(VIC, Mernda) HP DesignJet L26500
(Posted 29th April 2015)
(VIC, Werribee) Roland SC500 EcoSol Max 
(Posted 28th April 2015)
(VIC, Carrum Downs) Roland Aj1000.
(Posted 30th March 2015)
(VIC, Carrum Downs) Roland SJ640.
(Posted 1st April 2015)

(VIC, Cheltenham) HP 9000s Printer in good condition
(Posted 27th February 2015) 

(VIC, Hastings) Canon ipF 6100 for parts.
(Posted 27th February 2015) 

(VIC, Melbourne) Epson Stylus Pro 9900
(Posted 24th February 2015) 

(VIC, Melbourne) KODAK 1200i (encad)   

(Posted 10th February 2015)  

(VIC, Melbourne) AUTOPOLES INC BASE AND CLAMPS.  

(Posted 10th February 2015)  

(VIC, Mernda) HP Latex 360 Printer for urgent sale .    

(Posted 4th February 2015)
 

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Queensland

(QLD, Arana Hills) HP L25500 Latex
(Posted 29th April 2015)
(QLD, Mackay) Epson Stylus Pro 9800.
(Posted 30th March 2015)
(QLD, Brisbane) HP L25500 Latex
(Posted 6th February 2015)
(QLD, Aspley) Roof rack for Commodore
(Posted 4th February 2015)
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Northern Territory
(NT, Darwin) Looking for spare part for our ROLAND VERSA CAM SP 540V.
(Posted 10th February 2015)
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South Australia

 

(SA, Prospect) Teck UV 3000 3m x 2m Flatbed.
(Posted 30th March 2015) 

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Western AustraliaRE
(WA, Perth) Canon iPF8100 printer.
(Posted 22nd April 2015)
(WA, Port Kennedy) AGFA Annapurna M
(Posted 23rd March 2015)

(Posted 10th March 2015)

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         New ZealandACE HERE
(Posted 7th April 2015)
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 New South Wales  

  

 

(NSW, Sydney West) Sales Executive
(Posted 8th May 2015) 

(NSW, Sydney West) - Digital Print Operator & Prepress
(Posted 27th April 2015) 

(NSW, Sydney) Area Sales Manager - Print Media and Substrates
(Posted 15th April 2015) 

(NSW, Sydney) Sales Person - Agent Commission Based - Print Media
(Posted 27th March 2015) 

(NSW, Seven Hills) Large Format Cutter Operator
(Posted 2nd March 2015) 

 
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