Inflatable / October 9, 2018 / Sydney De La Ronde.
Many of these companies make up their start-up costs in only one season! Plus the advertising is done for them as each public event draws in more and more people. The downside is that the cost of a rental space combined with paying a full-time team of employees can be pretty high and more accidents are prone to happen to your inflatables in a large crowd of people. And finally there is the indoor inflatable play center option. Family fun centers are popping up all over the United States and are doing surprisingly well. Children of all ages enjoy coming to locations with a series of inflatables vendors and video games.
But as with most things in life things change. In the last five years most U.S. "manufacturers" have thrown in the towel and are no longer making their own Inflatables. Theyre now importing China made Inflatables and passing them off as "Made in the U.S.A." In addition a new breed of internet phonies are posing as "manufacturers" and selling "China made Inflatables" or acting as a distributor for some other inflatable company importing from China. The fact of the matter is there are only a few manufacturers left that still build their entire product line of Inflatables right here in the good old U.S.A. Its more expensive but far superior in durability. And yes in spite of what you have been told there is a big difference in Safety Quality Craftsmanship.
These are a step above the event rentals but with the same basic concept. Instead of renting inflatables and choosing some employees to man them this company targets specific carnivals fairs and public events like the California State Fair. They set up a permanent location at these events pop up a large inflatable and people purchase tickets to enjoy the inflatable area for a certain period of time. For this company the wear and tear on the inflatables is less sporadic and more of a full time concern. However they make a constant stream of money during the events unlike the one-day rental options.
The few hundred dollars you thought you were saving when you bought your China Inflatable has now turned your "Great Deal" into the most expensive Inflatable youve ever purchased! Most of the Inflatable Manufacturers take the easy way out by giving away American jobs and going the cheap route by making our products overseas. And while it would be much more profitable to do so You would pay the price in the form of inferior quality of raw materials and substandard workmanship. You cannot control Safety Quality and Production Times if your products are being made a world away. Most of the US Inflatable Manufacturers start cutting corners by buying cheap vinyl inexpensive thread and single stitching. They cut corners on many exclusive safety features to save even more money. They do not have product liability insurance and so you are left to battle it out yourself in case of an accident for defective products. Before you make the decision on who youre going to buy from you should ask all the right questions then consider all the facts features and benefits of doing business with each company youre comparing and resist the temptation to buy on price alone. Like a trusted advisor once told me "A smart investment is one you still feel good about many years down the road."