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A Reliable Maker of Plastic Cards?

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by BlackHatTrader, May 31, 2009.

  1. BlackHatTrader

    BlackHatTrader Newbie

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    Basically a local night club offers these cards which they sell for £26 each. It gives the purchaser unlimited access to the club on certain nights. They are really popular as save people alot of money. However, the cards are really really basic. They are asking to have people copy them.

    So I was looking to find a reliable plastic card maker. Who could make maybe 100 or so of them.

    The card is credit card sized and as thick as a credit card.

    It is plastic all the way through and has basic art and writing on each side.

    I have a copy of the card but am not sure whether I would need to "convert" it into text to be sent to the company.

    I was hoping I could just send the card to the company and have them make it based on the copy I have sent.

    Or is it easy to use photoshop or a similar program to make an identical card which can be sent through email to the maker to use.

    Im tempted to hire someone to "convert" the card into something which can be emailed to the company as I have no photoshop experience.

    Thanks.
     
  2. ukescuba

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    they have a cool video of a DJ clear plastic business card on the front of the site

    this is a quote i got from them last year for some business cards...

    Quantity Quoted: 500
    CardStock: 20 mil Clear
    Number of colors printed on front of card: 2
    Number of colors printed on back of card: 2
    Options Selected:

    QUOTE DETAILS
    Printing Cost Per Card: $0.8
    Options Cost Per Card: $0
    Total Per Card: $0.8
    Quantity Selected: 500
    Total To Print Cards: $400

    Option Setup: $0
    Print Setup: $75
    UPS GROUND DOMESTIC: $16
    Grand Total: $491

    Prices may have changed since then... but if your charging $26 for the cards $0.982/card is good price...

    I had looked at several different companies at the time and these seemed to be the best IMHO and also provided the most options too...

    Ask for a sample pack too...

    HTH
     
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  3. buttercup

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    You can ask them directly who makes them, how much they are, etc, if you get a good cover story and make some for the purpose you used to ask.

    Then you can place a new order with the company they use since they already make them.

    But this sounds like some serious shit. You're pretty much counterfeiting money. I mean, it might not be that bad, but it is a counterfeiting operation, and you might want to re-think this.
     
  4. BlackHatTrader

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    Thanks for the link.

    Yeah I realised I could get into alot of trouble if caught. So I am going to make it a friends only thing. Keep it real quiet and sell them asap.

    Problem is. The card makers have annoying specifications for the cards. Like having to submit writing in a certain font type.

    All I have is the card itself not the card design on a computer in file format.

    A company who would take the card and make it from the physical company would be awesome but would need a good cover story.

    Do you think someone could create a digital copy of the card if hired?

    Thanks for the link. The video was really weird lol, didnt expect it to be a business card.
     
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    just rer-ead your post after buttercups post - didnt realize you where trying to counterfeit them either! LOL

    i love offline marketing too...

    but seriously thats an awesome concept for a nightclub/bar there no reason why you could not approach another nightclub and offer them the same deal... just mark up the cards a few dollars... think about it mark the cards up to even just a dollar and thats $500+ in your pocket...

    if the club/bar sells each one for $20/year thats like $8,500+ in their pocket, expire the cards each year so it becomes a recurring income, the club only needs to sell 20 to 25 cards to make their money back! they profit from extra sales, extra people depending on how they market the vip card in house! :)

    win win situation if you ask me...

    to be honest in your case if you want to get just a few cards, its probably cheaper just to spend the $20 and by a proper one... setup was $75 just to get started...
     
  6. heiny

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    Have you tried to check what's on the strip? Most likely there's something on the magnet strip - a card-reader/writer (hi-co/lo-co) is worth around 300 bucks lol. This you need a card-reader for to run it through to see what data comes up. Or.....is it just a card you show to the bouncer and he'll let your through??
     
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    google it and you may have to narrow down to the nearest card maker that is affordable. I wouldn't go for trusting internet brands with this. Just get a feel of what card you want and then go ahead with it