[s-cars] Trial Balloon - mats w/ logo
bob at chips-ur-s.com
Sat Oct 16 04:06:00 PDT 2010
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I've had a vague idea floating in my empty head (lotsa free space
dontchaknow) for a while now.
Fact #1: Lloyds makes (or useta make anyway) carpet material floor
mats in several colors which will custom fit our Audis. Decent
quality stuff but without any logo identification. Frankly, I'd like
to replace my old floor mats with new ones but would prefer to have
the four ring logo on the new mats. These appear to be totally
NLA. Lloyd's custom made mats are made to fit our cars and run ~$125
or $85 depending on choice of four mat set or two mat set. See this:
http://www.autobarn.net/lloydultimats.html#bottom for example.
Fact #2: There are a number of companies which do custom
embroidery. I'm not sure they would be A) willing to work with the
heavy material of floor mats and B) willing to do the four rings logo
out of fear of copyright violation even though Audi no longer
provides the items at all. I have no idea what custom embroidery
might cost but I'm sure that there will be a one time setup charge
plus a per unit embroidery charge. These costs per unit will almost
certainly be lower if we have a larger number of items made. The
question is how much lower for how many items?
If there might be sufficient interest to commit to purchase the basic
mats up-front and then ship (drop ship maybe) the mats to the
embroidery company (whoever that might be) and pay up front for their
charges then I'd be willing to investigate to determine who might be
willing to provide such a service and determine a cost per mat set if
I can find someone.
Question: What colors would be preferred (black mats with silver
rings, graphite mats w/ silver, brown mats w/ red or
whatever)? There may be some flexibility on the color combinations
depending on the service provider.
Question: What size for the embroidered rings would be close to the
original? I can't provide any more than a guess at this point but if
someone might happen to still have an original and can measure them
that would be helpful.
Question: Does anyone have a good digital photo of an actual mat w/
logo which you could send me?
So: if you are SERIOUSLY interested let me know fairly quickly so I
can have some fairly solid numbers to use to discuss with the
embroidery services. Armed with numbers I can then do some inquiry
to see what might be available. This will almost certainly take a
while so please be patient with me. Also please realize that this is
just a trial balloon which might just burst and end with zero
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