Oddball Decals

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October 14, 2011 7:06 PM

Has anyone heard from our friends at Oddball Decals? Back in mid-July I sent in an order with a check and the check was cashed ... but no decals ...

John McEnerney
 
 
 
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October 14, 2011 7:33 PM

Unfortunately, Oddballs run decals when HE sees fit to, not necessarily when the customer orders them, despite what his webpage states. I ordered some David J. Joseph decals from one of his listed dealers, and it took what seemed like forever to get them. He does have some interesting decals however, but I'm sure the decal business is just a sideline as the demand seems to have dwindled since the coming of factory painted cars..... I'd shoot him a note just to see what is up.
 
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October 15, 2011 12:34 AM

I had the same problem. I finally sent a request for a refund and got the decals soon after that.

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December 5, 2011 2:13 AM

From someone else that has been dealing with him;

"Tell them that, per email, I'm informed he had/has to send his printers to Japan for servicing and can't print till he does that. He's collecting the money for it, I believe. It may be a while."
 
 
 
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January 2, 2012 12:38 AM

It is encouraging to hear that he is working on decals yet. His communications skills are not terrific. He's provided both good decals and a unique service and his decals are especially useful for modern freight cars. Good luck getting back to business. Yard Bull.
 
 
 
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January 2, 2012 7:35 PM

In the interim, Highball Graphics has some modern decals in conjunction with IndustrialModels. Try www.mgdecals.com
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May 20, 2012 4:33 PM

WOW! I feel sorry for those that partook in this "sale" LAST YEAR! At this point, IF I was in your shoes, I would be demanding my $$ back and finding another way.

 

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May 21, 2012 6:45 PM

I have been waiting for Rock Island decals from him for months now. He took my check cashed it and then clams his printer is dead. He said he had a new one on the way. This has been since November. The amount of money wasn't worth messing with but he will get no more orders from me. Ken
 
 
 
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May 21, 2012 7:27 PM

Originally Posted by DaveJfr0:

I suppose if I don't get anything soon, I will start posting around HO areas and asking how he's treating them.

I'd guess that lacking a printer that they are getting the same treatment and responses and posting there will not really accomplish much other than to annoy a sizable number of electrons that would otherwise be resting quietly....

 

No, no, no....  You obviously have not been paying attention to what I'm about to tell you...

 
 
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May 21, 2012 11:42 PM

I had the same problem with him a couple of years ago. He has a great line of decals and it is too bad he treats his customers this way.

 

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June 2, 2012 5:03 PM

I just received an Email from Tom Stolte of Oddball decals.

 

I said to not send in any new orders for decals, as he is still waiting on his printer.

or has no printer to print at this time.

 

He will email people when he is ready to gear back up.

 

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June 2, 2012 5:12 PM

I am curious. This is a YEAR from the "sale" at this time. How long are many of you going to wait? I can't believe it takes over a year to get the printer fixed.

 

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June 2, 2012 7:40 PM

if it was indeed sent to Japan and it was i  the sunami area then I can see the delay, as other companies are in the same situation. one of the Komatsu construction equipment plants was their and their stuff was delayed for a long time, just saying

 
 
 
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June 2, 2012 11:13 PM

Hello

Alps printers are no longer supported except some models . Your only option is to get Tom to send you the file and then have someone else make them. Thats what I did as I had ordered several sets from him. I was originally selling him a new MD 5000 but I could not get the proper drivers as these printers like Windows 98.

 

Tom had paid me for the printer but being I could not guarantee it would work , I refunded him his money after 2 weeks of futility. I did sell the printer to another guy who makes decals for me now and he got it working fine.

 

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June 3, 2012 12:13 PM

Tom could just run a Win98 system, just like I do for a dedicated purpose. Or like the MS-DOS 5.0 system I run for another dedicated purpose.

 

There are ways to work around the incompatibility of hardware.

 

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June 3, 2012 12:49 PM

Try Stan Cedarleaf Decals - http://1stclass.mylargescale.c...s/CustomDecalsx.html

He uses an Alps printer. His decal sheets are expensive - $30 - but the quality is excellent. He ships in 1/3 sheet segments so he can go with a simple stamp so shipping fees are nothing. However but always order a full sheet. If you order a 1/3 sheet you still pay $30.

PS - I found that using warm to hot distilled water on Stans decals along with those I print out on my computer makes them conform to irregular surfaces right away thus eliminating the need for a decal softening solution.

Joe

 

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November 21, 2012 9:47 PM

I will go ahead and tell everyone that Tom was nice enough to send me the artwork for what I ordered and I will work on getting it printed after the holidays.  Don't have much time now for that.  It is in Corel format and you need to have that program to access it and then convert it to O along with having the required fonts.  I doubt a lot of customers are set up to do this.

 

I consider for the price I paid, both monetarily, emotionally, and time-wise that this was worth it, since I can adjust the artwork slightly and get the car numbers I want.  I am not proceeding with any legal actions or anything further.  I am done with this and wish the rest of you all luck.

 

Pictures of my repainted cars will appear here or on my blog at some point.  I'm pretty excited to do that part.

 
 
 
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November 21, 2012 10:10 PM

Dave glad u have resolution; mine are still in the mail per Tom ...
 
 
 
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November 28, 2012 10:45 AM

Here is where your money went.http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2...olves-massive-displ/

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November 28, 2012 10:51 AM

And more from a Yahoo Group posting

As far as I am aware Tom has been divorced for more than 10 years from
Cynthia and has no significant others that I know of. His father died a
few years back, and he sold off all but 5 acres of the family farm
shortly thereafter. What he did with most of the money I am not
certain, other than an outbuilding for his layout which the building
leaks and the layout was never finished. Then there were a few railfan
trips here and there ... not sure how many. But ... he hasn't gone much
of anywhere the past year and a half or so as he took out a loan on his
pickup which he could not repay, so it was repossessed. Just surprised
his house hasn't been condemned with the stench from feral cats and a
kitchen that should have caught the place on fire by now.

The last I had heard, his Alps printer has been dead at least the last
two years, and I have received a few emails asking for money to either
allow him to purchase a new printer, get his old one repaired, or
provide gas money to his "girlfriend" from Washington State to come to
him with a working Alps printer and a cashier's check in varying amounts
of money.

Can't really say much more than this ... as this is about all I know
first hand.

Steve

 

I think that those of you owed money or decals can forget about recovering anything from this business. I guess just look at it as a learning experience. Sorry to be the bearer of the bad news.

Jeff

 
 
 
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November 28, 2012 10:54 AM

Strange deal; I am awaiting my refund.     There are two alps printers on ebay---couldn't he have bought one?!

 
 
 
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November 28, 2012 11:37 AM

I doubt this guy could issue anyone a refund, even if he wanted to.  He's probably bankrupt.

 

I feel bad for those who got ripped off.  I only hope that someone can shut him down to prevent any other unsuspecting poeple from sending him money.

 

 

 

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November 28, 2012 7:26 PM

Geez oh mighty, this guys' life sounds more like an episode from "As The World Turns"...LOL.   I do feel for the ones who placed orders with Tom.    Unfortunately I agree you may be S.O.L........

 
 
 
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November 29, 2012 7:01 PM

Dave,

I got artwork from tom last week.    I had three printers review it; one would not open a file from him.    The other two said the artwork is not print ready.

Also, I have not received the refund tom stated he had sent....     not good.

 
 
 
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