Please read the FAQ below BEFORE getting in touch.
UPDATE: it seems that due to recent changes at our host (i.e., not our fault!), the contact form that used to be on this page isn't working properly. However, you can contact us from the Facebook Action Transfers page.
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I'm very sorry about this, & I do realise this isn't the perfect solution, but I'm afraid this will have to do for now.
(People often ask me what 'FAQ' stands for. GIYF.)
- Q: I've got one, can you tell me how much it's worth?
- A: No. We've bought & sold thousands of transfers, & we still haven't a clue. The same item can sell for pennies one day, & thousands the next. The other day I bought an unused Panorama which I had personally valued very highly, for £6.50 including postage. If your set has any sentimental or curiosity value (or if you just think it's great), then hang on to it, because it will be worth more to you than you are likely to get selling it; or even better, send it to the SPLAT Scan Archives, & get your name in lights.
- Q: Will you buy it or help me find a buyer?
- A: You should really join SPLAT; but if you're not interested in transfers & just want to shift it, we can list it for you on SPLAT if you're very nice about it. SPLAT is an excellent market, since all the people most likely to be interested in buying transfers are already members. As a last resort we suggest eBay, although eBay really is a lottery. If you end up listing it there, remember to tell us as well so we can find it — it's simple common sense to increase your potential market!
- Q: Do you have any spare transfers for sale?
- A: Not here; join SPLAT & see what's available there.
- Q: How do I join SPLAT?
- A: See "How to Join SPLAT", below.
- Q: Does anyone still make these transfers anymore and if so, where can I get them?
- A: Most of these sets are long gone now! You can still find some of them for sale as collectibles. See also 'Forthcoming Attractions' — we're reproducing our own sets!
- Q: What do you mean, 'collectibles'?
- A: Stock purchased, often when new, with the intention of collecting it — & maybe selling it years later for a shocking profit.
- Q: So where would I find these collectibles?
- A: Easily your best bet is to join SPLAT, where we have 200 or so members constantly looking out for them.
- Q: Does anyone plan to reproduce the original sets?
- A: Yes, SPLAT does — starting with some of the Panoramas (but expanding if successful). And we have already started selling inexpensive high-quality reproductions of some of the rarer Free Gift items that otherwise most people would not be able to afford.
- Q: Does anyone produce anything similar nowadays?
- A: Yes, there are loads of new transfer sets available, although none of them are as spectacular as the 1960s sets.
- Q: Where can I get transfers made, & how much will it cost?
- A: Short runs will be expensive, so if you just want one sheet it will set you back a bit! There are quite a few companies producing dry transfers, but we would especially recommend Acorn, since historically they are very closely tied with Letraset. Tell them SPLAT sent you; see their link on our SPLAT page. (UPDATE: Acorn no longer print transfers in the UK.)
- Q: What about these "SPLAT Scan Archives"?
- A: Many of our members are less interested in collecting than in preserving, & high-resolution scanning is our preferred method of preservation. If you have a set which we haven't already scanned, then we are very interested in either accepting it as a donation, or in borrowing it from you to scan for the Archives. All the items in the Archives eventually end up online in this site, along with a Picture Credit which can say whatever you like (for instance, it can include a link). We are very grateful to the many people who have generously donated items, or who have posted them from all around the World in order to have them scanned.
- Q: Do we have to post stuff to you? Or what?
- A: If you've got a scanner & you're not afraid to use it, we have some guidelines we can send you; but — they're a bit strict! However, beggars can't be choosers, & if you are only willing to send photos or quick scans, then so be it. We'll still be grateful! Certainly you can post items; or if you can manage it, why not visit SPLAT Central Command HQ in person, see the museum, & get your items scanned while you wait.
- Q: Why isn't my favourite set on your site?
- A: We'll get to all of them eventually, but if you tell us which one's your fave we can prioritise it.
- Q: Are you going to display sets from other companies such as Kalkitos, PrestoMagiX, etc?
- A: Absolutely.
- Q: Why do some of the backgrounds have transfers on them, while others don't?
- A: We try to obtain unused sets for the Archives & to display online; when we do, you get to see both the clean backgrounds & the transfer sheet. However, sometimes we have to make do with a set which has been used. We 'upgrade' sets when we get the chance, so if you're disappointed to find a used set, tell us; we might have an upgrade ready to go.
- Q: How about letting us apply our own transfers to the backgrounds, like an online game?
- A: Certainly. Visit our 'Rub-Down Your Own Transfers' Game!
- Q: What are transfers? And how do I apply them? I've got some odd ones I would like to identify… (etc.)
- A: See our 'What are Transfers?' article; there are loads of links at the bottom of that page to help you with anything specific.
- Q: I'm interested in the history side of things / the printing technology… (etc.)
- A: See A Brief History of Letraset & Action Transfers; this will get you properly started, & will even offer you a conducted tour.
How to Join SPLAT:
Contact us on Facebook to send us a short message explaining why you want to join. Tip: if you include the password "stingray" in your message, that will help us & speed things up!
Picture Credit: The SPLAT Archives