5-Jan-2005 (Wed)
Wherein the quest for slipmats continues.

Last February we had some DNA-branded turntable slip mats printed up. At the time, I predicted the DJs were going to walk off with them right away, but surprisingly, that hasn't happened very often! But, we're out of spares now, so we need to order some more. In fact, we've tried to order more on several occasions over the last year, with no luck at all. Apparently the people capable of printing slipmats are just amazingly flaky and unreliable, even by already-rock-bottom "internet commerce" expectations!

The place we got them from last time no longer respond to their email at all, and we haven't yet found another source. We have gotten very limited or no response at all from:

  • slipmatsource.com
  • scratchtools.com
  • djfocus.com
  • slipmatsonline.com
  • sqratchattack.com
  • brandeditems.com
  • rockstarpromos.com
  • customlogofactory.com
  • buy-dj-equipment.com
  • suniscreen.co.uk

We want to order four pairs to begin with, and if they actually arrive and we like them, we'll order more to sell in the store.

We're not interested in having them printed in the UK: apparently this is a big business over there, but the shipping would kill us.

Any other suggestions?

5 Responses:

  1. icis_machine says:

    tinocorp.com sells their own mats; maybe find out who they used.

  2. thesliver says:

    Would the shipping really be so bad for 8? From memory they're quite heavy I spose but even so.

  3. beschizza says:

    I love the implication that there is a professional, capable and reliable industry making these things ... 6,000 miles away! There needs to be a newly-coined word to refer to this particular sense of frustration: "Why doesn't my town/state/country have a single acceptable example of this perfectly commonplace and standard commercial operation?"

  4. relaxing says:

    I wonder if it's the quantity that's scaring printers away? There's an awful lot of overhead involved in setting up a silkscreen to do 8 mats...

  5. past_tense says:

    Any screen printing shop should be able to do these for you. I apprenticed as a screen printer a long time ago (roundabout the time of the First Crusade - I had a note from my uncle, Pope Urban II excusing me from gym class). We would print oddball items every so often.

    Although ink technology has no doubt changed since medieval times, I'd suspect that UV-cured ink would do the job nicely.