Bandit Signs: The Scourge of Cheap Advertizing
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
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
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!