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So, you’ve decided to start searching for a mascot company but are overwhelmed by the dozens of results you find in the United States, Canada, and throughout the world. There are many different mascot manufacturers around the world, all producing costumes varying in quality. Many different aspects contribute to the final mascot that you receive, and these aspects can vary based on the location of the mascot company. We have created this article to highlight why you should purchase a mascot from a USA mascot manufacturer, especially if you are in the United States.
One of the most important aspects of your mascot costume is the quality—you don’t want to purchase a low-quality costume. The term “Made in the USA” speaks of quality, excellent craftsmanship, and a superior product.
A USA-made mascot will last far longer than a cheaper costume produced overseas, meaning you won’t have to replace it as often, saving you money in the long run. If you are interested in learning more about what a mascot costs, check out our mascot prices blog that explains what you can expect from each price level.
Many of the mascot costumes that you’d purchase from overseas companies are stock mascots. With a stock mascot, you get a premade costume off the shelf, meaning that nothing is really tailored to your company or brand. In addition, there is a chance that the costume you see on the website may not look the same when you receive the shipment.
With a custom mascot costume, everything from colors, shape, logo, and other details are all matched to your brand. Usually, American mascot companies are going to offer the most customization when designing your mascot.
Once your mascot is produced, the next important aspect is shipping. If you purchase a mascot costume domestically, it won’t have to go through customs, and shipping charges could be around 30% cheaper. Once a shipment makes it to customs, you won’t know how long it will take, and you won’t know when you’ll receive the costume. If you purchase domestically from a USA mascot company, you will know exactly when the costume ships and when it is supposed to arrive. If you are on a tight deadline to receive the costume, it is best to purchase your costume from a domestic mascot maker.
Even after the initial purchase of the costume, you may need to ship the mascot for replication, cleaning, repairs, or warranty issues. If this is necessary, avoiding customs and the cost of international shipping will save you quite a bit of money over time.
While going through the mascot design process, there will need to be a lot of communication back and forth with your mascot company, which is made easier with small time differences. Dealing with a major time difference and delayed responses can result in a delayed process. Simply put, quicker responses will equal a quicker process, which can be achieved by going with a closer mascot manufacturer.
Designing a mascot costume can be a very complex process. Especially if you’ve never purchased a mascot before, the process can be overwhelming, and you may have lots of questions. If you purchase a mascot overseas, you will likely run into a language barrier which can cause even more confusion with the process. Working with a USA mascot manufacturer can provide a little more ease while communicating throughout the process.
Here at Olympus Mascots, we produce most of our mascots with ABS plastic heads. Having a plastic head allows for easy cleaning, and it will last much longer than foam. In addition to easy cleaning, we save the mold for the heads, making it easier and cheaper to replicate the head.
Olympus Mascots also specializes in custom printing, so we can print off any logo or graphic and zig it onto the costume instead of using iron-on logos. Using our advanced printing abilities results in a more professional looking mascot, and all the graphics used on the costume are better quality and last longer.
Olympus Mascots is located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Your mascot costume is produced just walking distance from your salesperson’s desk. The proximity between sales and production will allow you to receive constant updates as to where the mascot is in the process.
Olympus Mascots has been creating mascots for over 45 years and throughout that time have produced over 17,000 different mascots. Our team is filled with experienced professionals with immense knowledge and expertise, so we will be able to guide you throughout the process and answer any questions you may have.l
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