Bandit Signs: The Scourge of Cheap Advertizing

Coroplast signs infest park
Bandit signs invade just about every public space imaginable

Bandit signs are a form of very “un-green” advertising and in many places, especially in Philadelphia; they are illegal simply for this reason. They come in a variety of formats but the most common one is the “coroplast” (corrugated plastic) rectangle.

Coroplast signs construction
Coroplast signs are produced from a high impact polypropylene copolymer, making them weather resistant

Coroplast signs are designed to mimic the structure of cardboard boxes. They have a uniform flat surface held together with a ribbon of plastic ridges, which makes it easy to screen print 1-color copy. Professionally made signs through a screen printer generally cost about $1.00 a sign to make.

Other Bandit Signs

For those that cannot afford the cost of inking the signs with a screen printer, which is a paltry sum, they buy blank coroplast and magic marker.

At the bottom of the barrel are those who barely have two nickels to rub together.  They make signs on construction paper, card stock and other materials that are more susceptible to the elements and staple the hell out of them to wooden utility poles.  Their signs last about as long as their get-rich quick schemes.

See a bandit sign that bugs you?  Report it!