"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."
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.
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....
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Here is where your money went.http://www2.ljworld.com/news/2...olves-massive-displ/
Strange deal; I am awaiting my refund. There are two alps printers on ebay---couldn't he have bought one?!
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.
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........
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.