Rip off of the year.

Submitted: Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 16:48
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Well went to ARB sthn today to get some maps for the weekend..

Their new store is nice!

Anyway, the maps, $8 each! Cheap enough, but I asked about laminating them, they said try office works, they cant do it, so try SNAP PRINTING.

Remember Maps $8each. Laminating was going to be $27 PER map!! Is that obscene or what?

Melbourne Map Center was $5ea when they were in Dandenong (not there anymore).

Just called Melb Map Center in Kew, then, they said for Large Topo maps ->> $8ea! THey will do on the spot after 10am!!!

Talk about Snap not interested in business, I had 3 to do today and around 12 at home to do.
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Reply By: Member - Glenn(VIC) - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 17:04

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 17:04
Truckster,

Is the new ARB Southern store in the same location or have they moved?Just Do It!

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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 17:13

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 17:13
TOwards Dande 200ish Mtrs, same side of road, almost directly opposite the LIghts at the end of the Iveco site (road from the freeway exit) still on the same road.
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Reply By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 17:23

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 17:23
Truckster, I brought the clear plastic sticky stuff you cover kid's books with & did my own works a treat & easy to fold.Regards Bob
3 Weeks till Gulf trip
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 17:39

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 17:39
Hey BJ...

Good thinking I hadnt thought of that! Couldnt see the forest for the trees... :(

Did you have any problems with bubbles, or not getting it on there flat or even?

Take care have a good weekend thanks again for the idea
Me.
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Follow Up By: Member -BJ (Sydney) - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 17:54

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 17:54
No we used a roll. Rolled it out , smoothed map down from 1 end then unrolled it over top of map smoothing as we went , over lap edges then cut off excess with scissors.Regards Bob
3 Weeks till Gulf trip
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Follow Up By: Member - Topcat - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 18:12

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 18:12
Hi Truckster, have done the same with my maps as BJ has done. Found it easy to do by securing the map on a flat surface (tabletop) with sticky tape so it doesn't move & then roll the plastic over it . Cheers.Have Wheels Will Travel
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Follow Up By: Janset - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 19:02

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 19:02
Hi guys.

Just a small tip you may not have thought of in the event of air bubbles.
Use a sharp pin and give them a prick in the middle of the bubble, then use the roller as mentioned on them. Works a treat

Regards
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Reply By: bruce.h (WA) - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 19:57

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 19:57
trckster anouther option
is to take it to your local sign shop that does digital printing & have all your maps printed onto vynle banner material, it will be expensive usauly around $75to $85 per metre but dependant on the size of your maps you willprobably get more than one map per metre the advantage is that they will be a lot easer to roll & store
Regards Bruce
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 20:14

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 20:14
Good option, I was baulking at $27, I aint payin $85 per mtr!

Currently have most laminated and kept in an aussie post postal tube thing cable tied to cargo barrier. easy to get maps in and out.
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Follow Up By: bruce.h (WA) - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 20:22

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 20:22
didnt say it was a good option just an option
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 20:33

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 20:33
have you had any done in it? just wondering how they would wear, some banners we had made up for an MX meeting back in Sydney were very average, lasted 1 year and was hard to read

Wasnt baggin ya, all options are welcomed!
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Follow Up By: bruce.h (WA) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2003 at 13:02

Sunday, Jun 15, 2003 at 13:02
truckster
there is diferant machine that use differant ink some are better than others i have had a good number of banners done with no problems so far you can have the print laminated with uv protectant to help protect it if you are interseted let me know your map size & i will do the sums of how many you would get on the 1m lenght & what is the best way to go re printing side of it
Regards Bruce
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Reply By: GOB member vic - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 20:00

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 20:00
truckster
i find melb maps at waverly extremely helpful i get my maps laminated while i wait and what i consider reasonable price i think it was about $22 for large map of aussie laminated

steve89 nissan looking foward to august and more travelling
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 20:12

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 20:12
I think $22 for just laminating expensive... As I said, melbourne Map Center (is that the same?) in Kew quoted me for large maps $8! if they were closer I would go there!!
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Reply By: Member - Shawn - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 20:57

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 20:57
Go for the CONTACT option (clear sticky plastic).
We use it at work a hell of a lot for the maps we use. Works a treat and lasts for years.
Best way (we have found) to put it on is to use two people.
Cut your piece of contact slightly larger than the map.
Carefully peel the paper backing off.
Carefully flip it over, stretch out all four corners and lower down onto map. Starting from centre and working your way out and then down, using a cloth or hands firm down contact onto map and IF you get air bubbles make a small nick to release air and refirm down and then trim to size.
Hope this helps
CheersKeep your powder dry
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 21:58

Friday, Jun 13, 2003 at 21:58
Good stuff Shawn, will be tryin tomorrow...
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Follow Up By: bruce.h (WA) - Sunday, Jun 15, 2003 at 13:05

Sunday, Jun 15, 2003 at 13:05
guys best way to seal it down is with a plastic scraper or old credit card that way you dont get as many bubbles to start with
Regards Bruce
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Reply By: GOB member vic - Saturday, Jun 14, 2003 at 07:32

Saturday, Jun 14, 2003 at 07:32
truckster
melbourne map centre
740 waverly rd
chadstone

go up warragul rd to waverly rd turn left and about 6 doors down normally parking fairly close if not out front

steve89 nissan looking foward to august and more travelling
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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Saturday, Jun 14, 2003 at 18:48

Saturday, Jun 14, 2003 at 18:48
Hey truckster... a little off topic, but is that the place that had the Engels cheap (ARB southern)? Ive been looking at a 60 litre jobbie.
Andrew wheredayathinkwer mike?
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Follow Up By: Truckster (Vic) - Saturday, Jun 14, 2003 at 22:12

Saturday, Jun 14, 2003 at 22:12
ARB Sth, have just moved.. They are havin a moving type sale I think, or were....

They had some on sale, also Piranha in Bayswater, theres also a place in Qld, if you search back for the original thread, there was a place there that was cheaper again, but then I had freight to Melb, and was impaitent!!!!
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Reply By: Barry - Saturday, Jun 14, 2003 at 19:06

Saturday, Jun 14, 2003 at 19:06
Truckster,
If you are still keen on laminating, try The Laminating Shop at 1 Blackburn Road, Blackburn.
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Reply By: Anthony (Vic) - Monday, Jun 16, 2003 at 11:42

Monday, Jun 16, 2003 at 11:42
Hi Truckster

Here is a bit more info for you ...

Information Victoria in Melbourne (356 Collins Street) will laminate maps for $6.50 each. They also have a vast range of maps (tel: 1300 366 356).

Also, there is a new product called Map Seal available, which you paint onto both sides of the map. They say it will waterproof your map and you can still write on it (i havn't tried it myself). It's available at the Australian Geographic shops, $24.95 for a 236 ml bottle & brush. I don't know how many maps you would get to seal out of one bottle - I don't think you would save anything where comparing laminated vs Map Seal.
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