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Author Topic: Where to find MCI Gear....Ball caps, T-shirts or Hoodies?  (Read 667 times)
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« on: September 20, 2012, 08:04:03 AM »

Does anyone know where I can buy MCI gear, such as ball caps....and so on. I have found these two sites, but the selection is minimal.
http://www.cafepress.com/+mci+hats-caps
http://www.mcicoach.com/AboutUs/MCI_SignatureShop/2325.htm

I would like to find something that is embroidered which would be offered in different colors with contrasting MCI logo, maybe even a T-Shirt or long sleeve hoodie, too Smiley

I seem to be coming up empty handed with my search and it got me thinking…..beings my wife and I own a graphics company, this might be a good little biz while we are full timing. We could offer gear for several types of Buses and Coaches.

We had planned on keeping the plotter on board as we travel so we can offer banners for Rally’s or any of your bus business needs…Bus name, bus graphics…and so on.

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Mike
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« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2012, 09:25:22 AM »

Vector files of current bus logos are freely available to download (eg: https://www.brandsoftheworld.com/logo/prevost), and for those you can't find (ie. old or rare logos etc) there are lots of freelancer websites out there where you'll find people who could very quickly and cheaply create them for you. Once you've got the .eps file they can be fed into any printer / plotter / embroidery machine or whatever, and it becomes just a matter of persuading people to give you money for the things you are producing. You have to be aware of trademark issues, but generally there isn't a problem unless you are passing-off or damaging the brand in some way.

Jeremy (who used to produce printed and cut-vinyl stickers in the same way)
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« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2012, 09:50:02 AM »

I do engraved glassware and would be glad to help you out.
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« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2012, 11:11:50 AM »

Becky Smith makes the caps,jackets and shirts for most MCI,GM,Prevost and Eagle people and clubs 505-332-1403 there should be photos of her jackets here on the BCM she does good work send her a photo of the bus and she get the colors close she did a beautiful on mine and the wife's jackets 

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« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2012, 11:18:12 AM »

Thats not the number Clifford unless they do bed linings too


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« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2012, 01:46:12 PM »

They do bed lining Ace her husband Jim does the spraying and Becky does the jackets,caps and shirts did you see his Harley ?  2 great people there proud to call the 2 friends

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« Reply #6 on: September 20, 2012, 05:14:03 PM »

Mike,

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« Reply #7 on: September 20, 2012, 06:33:19 PM »

Vector files of current bus logos are freely available to download (eg: https://www.brandsoftheworld.com/logo/prevost), and for those you can't find (ie. old or rare logos etc) there are lots of freelancer websites out there where you'll find people who could very quickly and cheaply create them for you. Once you've got the .eps file they can be fed into any printer / plotter / embroidery machine or whatever, and it becomes just a matter of persuading people to give you money for the things you are producing. You have to be aware of trademark issues, but generally there isn't a problem unless you are passing-off or damaging the brand in some way.

Jeremy (who used to produce printed and cut-vinyl stickers in the same way)

Thanks, I am familiar with that site and we have used it allot in the past when manufacturing signs......

I will be running the idea by our legal representative who handles our copyright materials. I do take copyright infringement serious Wink

Why did you quit running vinyl?

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I do engraved glassware and would be glad to help you out.

Thanks Len, I will keep that in mind. Do you have a site of your work?

Mike



Becky Smith makes the caps,jackets and shirts for most MCI,GM,Prevost and Eagle people and clubs 505-332-1403 there should be photos of her jackets here on the BCM she does good work send her a photo of the bus and she get the colors close she did a beautiful on mine and the wife's jackets 

good luck

Thanks, Cliff. That sounds like a promising avenue and I will try to contact her. Would you happen to know if she has a web site with her products? In the mean time, I will try to find some pictures on this site.

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I am working my way up.......once I have a pair of MCI boxers, I will know I made it....LOL

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Thanks, I am familiar with that site and we have used it allot in the past when manufacturing signs......

I will be running the idea by our legal representative who handles our copyright materials. I do take copyright infringement serious Wink

Why did you quit running vinyl?

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Because everyone and his dog owns a vinyl cutter nowadays. I've still got my full-size Mutoh plotter/cutter, bought when getting into sign-making meant spending large amounts of money on professional-standard equipment - now cutters are so cheap that there are models aimed at bored housewives playing at their cardmaking hobby.
Printed stickers are still a decent business to be in though.

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« Reply #9 on: September 21, 2012, 12:14:49 PM »


Thanks, I am familiar with that site and we have used it allot in the past when manufacturing signs......

I will be running the idea by our legal representative who handles our copyright materials. I do take copyright infringement serious Wink

Why did you quit running vinyl?

Mike




Because everyone and his dog owns a vinyl cutter nowadays. I've still got my full-size Mutoh plotter/cutter, bought when getting into sign-making meant spending large amounts of money on professional-standard equipment - now cutters are so cheap that there are models aimed at bored housewives playing at their cardmaking hobby.
Printed stickers are still a decent business to be in though.

Jeremy


I hear ya, it seems plotters are so cheap and that opened the door to wanna be sign people and believe me, there are a ton of them......

Heck, I remember when I first started in signs 35 years ago and you had to learn to hand letter or hire someone to letter your projects. I chose to master hand lettering and about the time things were looking good, in came the plotters which put most of us strokers out of business, if not took the majority of work because the vinyl lettering was cheap in price and quick or instant compared to a fine hand lettered window.

I still have all of my brushes and will probably never get rid of them.....way too much money invested in good lettering brushes.

Hopefully you will still get good use out of your plotter....shame to see investments go to the way side.

All the Best
Mike
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