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One Meter of Magnet!

I've been discussing my game for Arc with Travis and Nick. For my game there exists information that will be publicly known to everyone, but will potentially be updated multiple times over the course of the game.

I don't particularly want to have to scribble on a whiteboard every time the information is updated (because I have lousy handwriting and it'll be a pain), so I thought that getting a magnetic whiteboard and putting the bits and pieces on magnets. That way I just have to move the magnets around the whiteboard and write in the few small bits and pieces when required. I originally thought I'd scavenge advertising magnets and chop them up and use them (which means I'd have to find enough of them to do so), but Nick suggested investigating the magnet printing places and see if I could get some blank ones.

So, a quick Google later, I had the website of one that seemed to have what I needed. 20mmx80mm rectangular magnets looked about right, enough space to put some words on. The quote on the web page said it would be $330 (plus postage) for 100 of them, however that would include design work and printing costs and the like, but I only needed blank ones. I sent a quick email to them Sunday night asking whether I could get blank ones, and how much.

Monday afternoon I get a phone from a guy at the place, asking what I needed them for. We have a quick discussion and he recommends something else. I addition to the magnet printing side of things, they also do wholesale on the magnets themselves under a different company name. One of the things they sell wholesale is rolls of adhesive backed magnets. The rolls are 310mm wide (just over a foot), sold by the meter and can be cut with a heavy duty Stanley knife. So, for a grand total of $33 ($16.50 for the minimum of a meter, plus $16.50 for delivery) I have a meter of magnet sitting on my desk (yes, it was ordered yesterday and delivered today)!

Woot!

So, if you need any magnets I do recommend The Fridge Magnet Factory and Patch Magnets (the wholesaler).

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paradigmshifty
Jan. 13th, 2009 07:43 am (UTC)
You could have asked me you know...
halloranelder
Jan. 13th, 2009 08:44 am (UTC)
Know? Yes. Have functioning brain? No.
travisjhall
Jan. 13th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)

Nice! In fact, it's not just a metre of magnet, it's 0.31 square metres of magnet.

But it was me who suggested talking to the magnet printing places. :)

paradigmshifty
Jan. 13th, 2009 10:03 am (UTC)
BTW - you fail at geek. You didn't go with Powerpoint and a projector :-)
halloranelder
Jan. 13th, 2009 02:08 pm (UTC)
Can't, the bosses dad has stolen the projector. :)

Besides, if I did that I would probably waste weeks writing the software to display what I want to display properly. I considered it. :)
paradigmshifty
Jan. 13th, 2009 10:21 am (UTC)
Ahhhh - Spooner attack!

scribble on a whiteboard became wibble on a shiteboard
leadgend
Jan. 13th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
I get my magnets from http://aussiemagnets.com.au/ which are easy to get to in Camberwell just near Hartwell station so postage isn't an issue.

I mostly get adhesive backed 20mmx38mm magnets for about $27 per 1000.
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