What a year 2017 was! And, this is not a pity post.
I need not say more, for everyone knows what I mean. Times are tough for many. For about twenty years we’ve sold vinyl graphics and decals, which generally come in last compared to necessities such as food and bills, and the myriad of other expenses for those raising families, or just trying to make it on their own.
For our family 2017 was difficult year as far as finances go—difficult being a quick way to put it. We had to learn, and re-learn, new ways to get by. It might sound ludicrous but some months were really tough and we even found ourselves reusing garbage bags several times—yes, I wish they had a Dollar Tree here in our town! Every drop of toothpaste counts, and at times it seems like we’re edging back into those early “Ramen Noodle” days—when Lore and I just started out in a mud hut of a $200-per-month apartment. To further save costs we heat our bedrooms with body heat—yes, the rooms freeze but we use massive piles of blankets! Can anyone relate?! But we try to get out as a family at least one day on the weekend to explore, find things to do that are free, and sometimes even do some shopping, look-only shopping. But you know what? We stay upbeat, and have discovered that just looking can actually be as rewarding a day out and about. We look yet imagine, and know, that one day business will be back on the upward trend. Families will thrive and maybe even, this terrible inflation will go down—well probably not inflation—and the middle class economy will surge. Like all, we have had our good years, and difficult ones.
This is not a pity post. Good times roll like a ball on uneven ground, I know that. I started this blog only a few days ago and sometimes wonder about what to write each day. So I’m here today, kind of just letting it some stuff plop—whatever words fall onto the page, fall. Tossing thoughts, I figured I’d write a tad about the previous year, and let everyone in on what’s going on with our business and some news about how we will be moving forward: ways we’ll try to earn your business, become your graphics supplier for life, and starting today, provide greater discounts that will make vinyl graphics, for your pleasure or your business, more affordable.
I spend about 4 hours a day working on the site, and now writing these blog posts to see if it we can get a little more exposure for our business: Full Intensity Grafx. Are you reading this? Visit us on the site!
Lore and I have four great kids, one in every tier of school right now and we do our best. Everyone pitches in with whatever can be done to squeeze by yet another month, or week, or sometimes things go day by day. So what, sales have been unpredictable these days? Could it be the highly polarizing politics, or an unstable economy, or that a competitor has managed some fancy search-engine optimization and bumped us down a rung? Well, I guess it could be anything, but I do see others struggling too, families like ours cutting everything but the most important things.
So, in moving forward into 2018 we’ll be stepping it up at Full Intensity Grafx, as much as we can. I’ve been sending out free decal sample packs throughout 2017 and will continue to do so. It’s a marketing strategy and hopefully you’ll keep us in mind if you happen to arrive at a need for quality decals and vinyl graphics. I know many of you have been with us since the beginning—nearly two decades—and we highly appreciate your business, more than you know, we’re humbled and honored! Lately I’ve been reaching out on social media pronouncing new specials and deals. I’ve put countless hours into the website and our eBay listings and hope the experience is enjoyable and fun.
We’ve stepped up our game!
Now, for 2018, all orders get 2 FREE DECALS and we’ll continue to mail out those free decals regularly. We’ll continue to use only the best materials such as proven Oracal 6-year vinyl, and top-of-the-line clear application tape. And I have just finished reworking our decal-discounts page! Yes, I introduce greater discounts! So for anyone needing graphics, please consider Lore and I. We ship daily and treat each customer as if they are family. And if anyone needs custom decal work or a quote feel free to let me know any time. I answer emails day and night, weekends and holidays. Thanks for reading and I hope 2018 treats you and your family well. Cheers and here’s to thing looking up!
Without further ado here are the new discount codes (there are many more on the site, including reverse discounts—in case you feel like tipping!)
Orders of $18 or more can get the JUST BECAUSE discount and received 10% off. Enter code JUSTBECAUSE at checkout!
Orders of $35 or more can get the GEE THANKS discount and received 15% off. Enter code GEETHANKS at checkout!
Orders of $65 or more can get the DECALS RULE discount and received 15% off. Enter code DECALSRULE at checkout!
AND! Orders of $100 or more can get the whopping I LOVE DECALS discount and received 20% off. Enter code ILOVEDECALS at checkout!
Now, I wonder what I can write about tomorrow, and what else can I do the the site to make it better?!