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Custom Inflatable FAQ: Before You Order

Ordering custom inflatables isn't a complicated task, but having some information handy when you make your decision will help the process go smoothly. It will also help to ensure you get the precise type of custom inflatable that will best suit your needs for years to come.

Getting Started - Basic FAQ

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Basic Frequently Asked Questions about Advertising Inflatables

Q: What is a cold-air inflatable?

A: Custom inflatables that are labeled cold-air require a blower system (fan) to keep them upright. Cold-air inflatables include sports tunnels, large product replicas, mascots, rooftop inflatables, etc. Cold-air inflatables do not “fly” or float in the air like helium-filled inflatables.

Zoning Regulations (Pulling Permits) for Inflatables

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Zoning and Permits for Custom InflatablesAm I Allowed to Use Advertising Inflatables for My Business?

The zoning of inflatable outdoor advertising falls to each, individual city.  That, in and of itself, should be enough to tell you this is a complicated issue. Policies for using inflatables oftentimes fall under the city’s sign ordinance. Oftentimes policies are ambiguous, referring to inflatables as “ambient” balloons or devices, which could apply to either helium or cold-air inflatables. Other cities are more specific.

How To Choose An Inflatable Vendor

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Playing It Safe: A Checklist for Choosing An Inflatable Vendor

Let’s face it: Inflatables are an investment, not an impulse buy.  That's why it only makes sense to purchase inflatables from long-standing companies who have proven track records with design quality, on-time delivery, customer service and more. But honestly, how would you know? If you contacted an inflatables company (or they contacted you), how could you determine with a fair amount of certainty that your project would turn out exactly the way you wanted?

Artwork: The Make-or-Break Element of Your Inflatable

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If You Think About It, Custom Inflatables Are Really Just a Giant Piece of Artwork

While the size and shape can be designed and produced without images, your inflatable won't take on its personality without artwork.

As vital as this element of the process is, you might think it would be one of the most pressing issues inflatables’ manufacturers address.  Not so.  In fact, other manufacturers often downplay it so much that the overall look and quality of your inflatable suffer just so that the manufacturer can offer a lower price. That's because artwork greatly affects the pricing; sometimes even more than the size of the inflatable.

Custom Inflatables Ordering Checklist

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Get Your Ducks In A Row: A Checklist for Ordering the Right Inflatable for Your Event.

Inflatables are one of the most versatile advertising mediums available. They come in a range of sizes, have completely customizable colors and shapes, and can be used in several different environments. However, all that flexibility means you'll want to give some thought to several aspects of using inflatables prior to ordering.

Custom Pricing for Custom Inflatables

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Custom Inflatable Prices

Why aren't there any prices listed on your site?

Because we create custom inflatables we have no set price list. Each project is quoted based on your precise specifications.  As you might expect, a 6-foot sealed inflatable sphere with a simple design will cost significantly less than a 30-foot tall product replica.

Sizing Up Truck Bed Parade Floats

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truck parade float power lines1“I’m Using an Inflatable in the Back of My Truck at a Local Parade, How Big Can I Make It?”

Using custom inflatables in truck beds is a very popular option for parades because they’re easy to set-up, cost-effective, and require very little management. There are two basic configurations for hauling custom inflatables on the back of a truck; inside the truck bed or on a platform above the truck bed. The dimensions of your inflatable will be based on which configuration you use.

Advertising Inflatables Fabrics

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Inflatable Fabric SwatchesInflatable Fabrics: Getting the Most For Your Inflatable Dollar

In order to make the best decision possible for your investment, it is necessary to have sound information about the various aspects involved in the manufacturing process. Through the information presented in this article, you will find the details you need to help you get the most for your inflatable dollar.

Which Inflatable Type Is Right For You?

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Effectively Choosing the Inflatable That's Right for You

Making the decision to include inflatables in your marketing mix is definitely a step in the right direction. However, many people mistakenly believe that all inflatables are huge, fan-driven, balloons that must be used outdoors or in very large indoor arenas. This is simply not true.

There are many types and sizes of inflatables that can fit with practically any event or promotion. So, how do you choose the right one for you? Just use the simple chart below!

Becoming An Inflatables Dealer

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Inflatable Dinosaur

I Want To Be An Inflatables Dealer!

It certainly is flattering!  Anytime we get requests from businesses that want to distribute our products we take it as a testimony to the quality and service we provide.  That’s what makes it difficult to explain that we don’t have dealers - exclusive, territorial or otherwise.  Since the advent of the Internet, it’s nearly an impossible feat.  We do, however offer distributorships for those who are interested.  This allows you to get the quality, custom, and stock shapes you need at a discount in order to resell them to your customers.