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  1. I’ve had trouble with 631 on textured walls (stucco, orange peel drywall), but not with matte paint. The trick is to use a low-tack tape. A heat gun would probably help the tape release as well. I wouldn’t use 631 in areas where people are likely to rub against it or pick at it, though. It’s really best in my experience for temporary installations and for things that are out of reach but that you don’t want to damage drywall.
  2. I have a Refine, but in my experience, this is one of two things: 1) There is a small piece of vinyl that came lose during cutting a tiny detail, and is now stuck to the inside of your blade holder. The first thing I'd do is remove the blade from the holder and inspect that it is clear of debris. I keep a baby bottle brush around for this purpose - the small one that is used to clean the nipples. 2) Your blade holder isn't tight enough, leaving room for it to "jiggle" against the carriage. I don't know if this is an issue with the LaserPoint, but on my refine, the blade holder is held to the carriage by a screw. If that works loose, my cuts start to get jagged. Let me know
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    How Legit are your businesses?

    I live in rural Arkansas, and we have no such requirements. My business goes by "Gadsden Graphics" these days, and I have a PayPal account in that name, and my locally-owned bank lets me cash checks in that name as well. I don't have business license, DBA, or an EIN. There is no such thing as a business license here, and my wife has a dance studio, so I've been through this before. A DBA - Doing Business As - certificate is usually needed to get a bank account and cash checks in the name of your business. An EIN is technically only needed if you plan to hire employees. As for structure, I'm an SP - Sole Proprietorship. That's by far the simplest, but you don't get a lot of the benefits. I keep up with all my sales, and feed them into a simple spreadsheet. Come tax time, I file a Schedule C with my normal federal tax returns, and declare how much money I've made via sales and pay income taxes on it - well, if you want to be pedantic, I'm assessed income taxes on it, then offset that with depreciation of equipment and mileage, and the fact that my wife's business is losing money on paper and is in my name. I don't deal with state sales tax, though I should. I do 90%+ of my sales online, where tax is the responsibility of the buyer. For the other few things I sell, I am technically liable, but haven't bothered with it yet. Once I get enough cash flow to open up a storefront, I'll transition to LLC and hire a high school kid for an employee.
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    651 for cell phone skin?

    It might work for the screen of a pre-4 phone, but I wouldn't use it - getting the adhesive off when it's time to remove it would be a real pain. I wouldn't even try it for the back of a pre-4, or on a 4. The pre-4 phones have complex, tight curves that even good cast vinyl won't conform to right. the 4 might be doable, but you'd have to slit the corners, and again --- how do you get it off?
  5. I've still got this silly idea stuck in my heat - I want to set up a road-side stand doing vehicle lettering and decals. My question is this - it gets up to 105 or so here during the summer, and I would ned to bring a stock of vinyl with. While it would be in the shade while I was set up, I'd store it in my trunk in transit, and I don't want to have to worry about making sure I always park in the shade if I decide to go shopping or something while I'm out. I would estimate it gets up to 125 degrees or so in full sun in my trunk. Oracal's storage requirements are incredible - 64-72 degrees, 50 to 60% humidity. I can't maintain that in my home, much less when on location. Does anyone have experience with storing and using vinyl outdoors in summer?
  6. Thanks all, I found someone. We should really have a forum for this type of thing...
  7. Not sure if this is the right place, but oh well - here goes. I have a serious bite for 100 stickers, euro oval style. The primary text will be 4 letters, and the written-out text below is 23 characters including spaces. Please respond here or email me at lyndsy -at - lyndsysimon.com
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    Ebay: Completed listings - Sold items only?

    That's rather crazy - I live 30 minutes from Branson, and we go to SDC about every two weeks during the summer with our little girl If you're looking for niche work for your mirrors, look at Big Cedar/Bass Pro Shops. Their facilities have a *lot* of custom, artisan-type work, and could be a big market for you. Bass Pro Shops owns the Big Cedar franchise, and they are based in Springfield, about 45 minutes north of Branson. They're known for the quality of their decor, and how much they spend on it.
  9. Don't forget the fudge factor there - I worked in a small shop with an Epson 7600 for a while, and though I loved the printer, it ate ink. I figure up that 10-20% of the ink went into the maintenance tank. IMO, a CIS is a *need*, not a want, for a commercial printer.
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    Ebay: Completed listings - Sold items only?

    I can attest to that. I have about 30 unique designs out there right now, though that is increasing quickly. I hope to be where you are by the end of the year, as far as number of auctions listed. I'm doing a lot of rather generic things for now to get my volume up, but my plan is to offer one-off designs in areas with narrow interest. I've done that now to some extent with clogging and nursing.
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    Ebay: Completed listings - Sold items only?

    Is it worth it? That's expensive. I'm still trying to convince myself the cost of an eBay store is worth it, and that seems to be a much better value. It would be worth it if it were my full-time job, but not right now, fo rme.
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    Would you be mad?

    I wish I could explain it in more detail without bordering on the political - but my position is not a petty one, nor is it ill-thought-out. I recognize and welcome your right to dispose of your property as you see fit. I ask only that you do the same. I wish you would explain that... Well, in short - I am an Objectivist. I really don't want to get into detail on philosophy, as it invariably leads to politics, and political/religious discussions are verboten in this forum.
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    Ebay: Completed listings - Sold items only?

    Of course, eBay Motors is $35 / month, and that's where I'm posting my car window decals. Their free subscription will work for wall words, but not for car decals
  14. lwsimon

    Would you be mad?

    I wish I could explain it in more detail without bordering on the political - but my position is not a petty one, nor is it ill-thought-out. I recognize and welcome your right to dispose of your property as you see fit. I ask only that you do the same.
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    Would you be mad?

    I don't operate a business to the benefit of my soul, I operate it for the benefit of my balance sheet. Someone about complained about our "selfish" culture - well, I truly wish our culture was more selfish. We have a cultural predisposition to altruism and self-sacrifice, but that doesn't make it healthy or right. In the OP's example, the bar/charity event ended up with signs that they obviously didn't value, as they painted over the top of them instead of doing it right and having them re-used by the sign shop. The person doing the giving feels betrayed as a result, as his work product has been disrespected. Who gained here? lynnpromotions, your post sounds a lot like me. I'm *happy* to help with a cause, but I'm not willing to do it for free. I've also offered to provide decals and such to organizations to sell, and credit them back their un-used portions. I've set my pricing so that my base rates will cover this type of thing, and discount for most orders.