Where to buy plastic racket bag?

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  1. thebeast73

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    I was wondering where I would be able to buy the plastic bags that rackets get put in after being strung.
     
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  2. esgee48

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    This question has been asked before. TW won't carry them for the environment. However, you can get them at a m a z o n d o t c o m. Do a search for 'plastic racket bags.' They're about 12.50 per pack of ten.
     
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  3. thebeast73

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    thanks. i tried searching but couldn't find a thread
     
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  4. Irvin

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    You must not have searched very hard I found 16 threads with Plastic Bags in the title. When you search and you want to find 'plastic' and 'bags' use the search term '+plastic +bags' in the search field. Using a + in front of a word makes the search engine look for that term. If you use the + in front of both word the search engine must find both. If you search for '+plastic +bag' you will find 10 more. If you search for all thread and not with just '+plastic +bags' in the title of the thread you will find 500 which is the max.

    '+plastic +bags' = http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/search.php?searchid=10816750
    '+plastic +bag' = http://tt.tennis-warehouse.com/search.php?searchid=10816764

    Irvin
     
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  5. jim e

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    grand slam stringers dot com has them also.
     
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  6. Steve Huff

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    $12.50 for 10. Wow. That's expensive. You can usually get a roll of 100 for less than $50.
     
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  7. coolblue123

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    goto crap-bay and do a search on
    Protective Plastic Racquet Bags

    It's like $37 for 10.

    But does it really help in tension retention? My hitting partner swears by these bags. He even has several P1 labeled ones.
     
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  8. onefromcov

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    try here rallytennis.com/product_p/fma106.htm
     
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  9. Steve Huff

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    You are talking about the clear bags you put the racket in after stringing it for someone, right? They are about $2 for a roll of 10 (+shipping).
     
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  10. zapvor

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    i reuse my so i dont go through them that much
     
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  11. rjw

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    what do you guys charge to string a racquet, if a bag costs $2 to $4 each?

    a local place down here charges $12 labor, but no bag, so wtf? My son used to get his in a bag with printed label, but it cost him $18 to $20 plus string obviously
     
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  12. schap02

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    G r a n d s l a m stringers or something like that, I order the 500 pack for like 120 shipped....
     
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  13. rjw

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    that's more like it....thx
     
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  14. Squidward

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    100, 12x36 poly bag on the bay for $15....
     
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  15. max pl

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    you guys are not pro. why waste money on plastic bags?
     
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  16. goran_ace

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    It is a nice little finishing touch for customers and it provides a little bit of protection against scratching frames or rubbing grips.
     
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  18. rjw

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    If the bags can be had reasonably, in many cases people prefer them? I know that I would....but not at anywhere near $3
     
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  19. GlenK

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    I got the GSS bags and they're great. It's a nice touch for customers and mine love it!!
     
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  20. drakulie

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    What store in miami????
     
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  21. GlenK

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    Because it's a nice touch for your customers and it helps build business. Not many stringers, at least where I am, go the extra mile. I clean, polish, and bag every racquet I string. My customers racquets end up looking better than my own. Feed back has been excellent..
     
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  22. rjw

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    don't know if I'm allowed to post names, so....see if yu can figure this out?

    'T plaz'

    ...all stringers are young kids (under 20) I think...they have 4 or 5 BAB sensors.
     
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  23. drakulie

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    Yup. That's what I thought. Horrible stringers completing the frames there.

    Yes, they use the sensor series of stringing machines.
     
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  24. zapvor

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    yep i bought something from them a long while ago. awful customer service. never bought from them again
     
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  25. rjw

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    I only started back playing around 5 or 6 weeks ago after a 15 year layoff. They've been fair with me so far and a couple of the guys seem to string ok.

    Mind you I didn't know what to look for, but now I have an idea...? maybe

    I bought an old Ektelon H and strung 4 racquets so far.....I'm slow but steady...and working on a retrofit to minimize drawback.....might have it done later today!

    At least my racquets' stringing future is in my hands....lol...so far I realy like how my strings feel...
     
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    Reuse Them!!!

    For all of you using poly bags for a "finishing touch," would you consider offering your customers a $1 discount for bringing back their bags so they can be reused? Then they can have their cool poly bags and you can be more environmentally friendly! :)
     
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  27. Steve Huff

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    Why a dollar when bags cost about 20 cents?
     
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  28. rjw

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    cause no one will bother bringing it back for 20 cents??
     
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  29. jim e

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    Think about it, would you want someone to bring back a racquet bag?? I'm sure it will be no longer clean, and then try putting a dirty bag over another players racquet. It would just be more trash to throw out.i would not want any old bags back, yet give $ back for it!!Just being realistic here.

    Either don't use a bag, or buy cheap ones and forget about it.

    If its the expense for stickers and bags, then just increase your fees to cover it. I'm sure most here undercharge anyways.
     
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  30. rjw

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    I've never seen anyone bring a racquet to be strung, in a bag, but maybe some do.

    Unlike some, I have never hit the ground with my racquets while going for a shot and I've never thrown them either.

    I'm curious as to how closely do stringers inspect racquets that are brought in for stringing? Some people are really rough on their stuff.

    And the big question is...'How much can you charge for a great string job?'

    I've seen mostly between $12 and $20 (for labor)

    Can stringers get string at a discount?
     
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  31. jim e

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    You have to look very close.
    Over the last couple years I have spotted a few cracked racquets.
    If I did not look close enough, they possibly could have snapped while stringing, and how many string jobs will it take you to break even if that happens once you pay for a new racquet to replace? Especially if you are giving away your labor for 1/2 of nothing.
    Years ago when I 1st started stringing 1968, I charged $10.00 labor + string price.Needless to say that has increased. Some here charge less than that, evidently they have not heard of cost of living increases or inflation over the years, as gasoline was only 28 cents/ gal. back then. You have to just figure out what your time is worth.Would you rather string 10-12 racquets / week at $20.00 each or 20-24 at $10.00 each. I know I only have so much free time, and base that on what it is basically worth to me, even though I enjoy stringing.Heck, a guy in the airport charges $12.00 to shine shoes add a $3.00 tip, and he gets $15.00 for 15 min. Are you worth at least that?Anyone can shine shoes, but do you want anyone to string your racquet, and do it properly???
    Back then I was able to get a discount with a major sporting goods co.and string prices were at 50% less with a dealership. Now you need to actually get a store front to get any dealership. Unfortunately mine was with Bancroft sporting goods and that was a long long time ago. Even though I have a buisness permit for home based buisness, I cannot get a dealership today.
    Thats why many pro shops offer lower labor as they mark up the strings they get for cheap price.
     
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  32. rjw

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    Sounds like you need to build a great reputation and hope that the competition sucks...just to make any money.

    On another side note, I looked at most of the requirements to get MRT certification from the USRSA...it is fairly involved. Do many people go through this? Seems well worth the effort if only to really know and possibly for credibility

    thx
     
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  33. jim e

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    Not really needed. When I started to string there was no MRT or USRSA, as it was not in existance.I really don't think that your buisness will increase a great amount because of that. I never got certified. I'm sure I could pass the MRT without an issue, but thats more waisted time that would really not help me. I string enough at this point in time anyways, and to be honest I really don't want any more as I do only have so much time, after all I would like to hit some tennis balls myself as well.
    Important thing is to do your best each time, and learn to string properly and consistantly so they can get the same result each time.
    Just look at the Big Box stores, do you really think the person there has an MRT or the one that really strings? The 2 times I watched a stringer at 2 different ones the string jobs were terrible with the corners that were cut, example stringer was double pulling all strings mains and crosses all while explaining how fast he strings and the great # he does. Made you sick just to watch.The other store a racquet was in the machine (an old Prince air machine), and the racquet was in the machine with 1/2 the mains installed all on one side only, and was left that way for the 45 min. I was in the store, and I never did see the stringer. Who knows how long the racquet was left that way. Even if they had an MRT I would not go there for stringing.
     
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  34. WitheringDemise

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    t h e t e n n i s d e p o t dot com is rather cheap...I think the brand is genesis.
     
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  35. pvaudio

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    ^^^ That's what I don't like. I don't want someone's name on them unless it's mine.
     
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  36. Steve Huff

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    The ones I get are clear, no writing at all.
     
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  37. pvaudio

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    Indeed. I get mine from GSS.
     
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