Please....who tf is TINA? (1 Viewer)

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Guys, I know this will be funny to you all that live here, but I came here looking to replace my chips for my 2 table home game. I have now lost 7 days of my life I will never get back. Along with those lost days went a lot of my hair and a little of my sanity. My current chip set is the old Nexgen River Poker Tour Chips. I wanted to upgrade to something really nice. So, I got a bunch of samples. I got samples of crappy composite chips with heavy slugs inside. I got samples of ceramic chips. I got samples of real clay chips. Then, I happened across this cat Justin. Got some samples from him. God only knows what they are made of and who makes them. Nonetheless, this Justin guy seems pretty solid and the samples he sent me are the best of all that I've seen (They are the Sands, black label, web mold). I mean, these things feel good, sound good, shuffle good....they are good. So, I'm getting him to send me more samples of the 43mm chips of same ilk. I think I'm pretty much sold here with the Sands....but.....

1. Does anybody actually know who manufactures these chips? I mean, what do I call them when I'm telling my friends the kind of chips I've got? "The Justin chips?"

2. Does anybody actually know what they are made of?

3. And I actually mean this, so please help me,......Who in the actual f*** is TINA? I keep seeing post after post after post about TINA. I have no idea who or what this is. If TINA is actually a thing, shouldn't I get samples of her/it's chips before pulling the trigger?

Thanks in advance for all your help and insight. This is one helluva ride!
 
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Guys, I know this will be funny to you all that live here, but I came here looking to replace my chips for my 2 table home game. I have now lost 7 days of my life I will never get back. Along with those lost days went a lot of my hair and a little of my sanity. My current chip set is the old Nexgen River Poker Tour Chips. I wanted to upgrade to something really nice. So, I got a bunch of samples. I got samples of crappy composite chips with heavy slugs inside. I got samples of ceramic chips. I got samples of real clay chips. Then, I happened across this cat Justin. Got some samples from him. God only knows what they are made of and who makes them. Nonetheless, this Justin guy seems pretty solid and the samples he sent me are the best of all that I've seen (They are the Sands, black label, web mold). I mean, these things feel good, sound good, shuffle good....they are good. So, I'm getting him to send me more samples of the 43mm chips of same ilk. I think I'm pretty much sold here with the Sands....but.....

1. Does anybody actually know who manufactures these chips? I mean, what do I call them when I'm telling my friends the kind of chips I've got? "The Justin chips?"

2. Does anybody actually know what they are made of?

3. And I actually mean this, so please help me,......Who in the actual f*** is TINA? I keep seeing post after post after post about TINA. I have no idea who or what this is. If TINA is actually a thing, shouldn't I get samples of her/it's chips before pulling the trigger?

Thanks in advance for all your help and insight. This is one helluva ride!
Yes, @justincarothers is more than solid. Probably a majority of members here have ordered from/through him.

1. Chinese manufacturer. Apparently you can find them on Alibaba and order directly. I have not bothered to try to hunt them down. I go through Justin. And we call them "Tina" chips. You can tell your friends whatever you want.

2. These are "ceramic" chips, but that is misleading. They are actually made of a hard nylon plastic. ChipCo made casino quality chips out of a similar material for decades. BR Pro uses a similar material. It is durable and holds up well, especially given the price. But does not have the sound and feel of real clay - which many (but not all) prefer.

3. Tina is a handle we use here for the China company. You already got some samples through Justin. You can and should get more if you decide you want to order a different mold (e.g. cards mold, greek mold, no mold).
 
Anita faded away. She's was a TAG. Tina is LAG and a winner.
 
Welcome, have you seen the new members start here post? Check my sig for links. Landscape on mobile

show us some photos of the old chips and you can tell ppl that you have the Tina chips it will drive them crazy too.

Have you gotten samples of CPC or Paulson yet?

What’s your break down?
 
You know how you're on the phone with an agent of some company and they're speaking with the worst, broken English possible while telling you they're in America, they they are American and their name is "Tina?" Every person from the chip company was named Tina, hence, the name Tina chips. They're really just Chinese ceramic chips, pretty good for the money, but, many believe not the same quality level of American ceramics like BR Pro, or, the Japanese SunFly. Still, very good for the price.

If you had used the "new beginners start here" link as @Machine mentioned you could have saved a few days and a few handfuls of hair.

Welcome!
 
Tina is the anglicized name of the rep at Shenzen City Chenglin Industrial Co., Ltd, which doesn’t really roll off the old tongue.

Legend has it, @SeanGecko, in his quest for awesomeness, discovered this tiny company in a massive industrial area just outside Hong Kong. He daringly led some incredibly huge group buys before others wanted to get in on the sadistic fun, resulting in a flood of cheap ceramic chips. Folks evaluated other vendors, but generally, Tina’s chips were deemed to be the one. Group buys came and went, with different organizers taking the lead. At some point, @justincarothers saw an opportunity and jumped in to create a steady stream of product for those not wanting to deal with the hassle of supplier management. I’m sure I got some of the details wrong, but, yeah…

Here’s the company if you want a peak under the hood: https://szchenlin.en.alibaba.com/company_profile.html
 
Tina is the anglicized name of the rep at Shenzen City Chenglin Industrial Co., Ltd, which doesn’t really roll off the old tongue.

Legend has it, @SeanGecko, in his quest for awesomeness, discovered this tiny company in a massive industrial area just outside Hong Kong. He daringly led some incredibly huge group buys before others wanted to get in on the sadistic fun, resulting in a flood of cheap ceramic chips. Folks evaluated other vendors, but generally, Tina’s chips were deemed to be the one. Group buys came and went, with different organizers taking the lead. At some point, @justincarothers saw an opportunity and jumped in to create a steady stream of product for those not wanting to deal with the hassle of supplier management. I’m sure I got some of the details wrong, but, yeah…

Here’s the company if you want a peak under the hood: https://szchenlin.en.alibaba.com/company_profile.html
lol their R&D is a bank of internet connected computers….
 
I like to picture Tina in a tuxedo T shirt, cause it says, like, “I wanna be formal, but I’m here to party, too.” Cause I like to party, so I like my Tina to party.
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I like to think of Tina, like, with giant eagle’s wings. And singing lead vocals for Lynyrd Skynyrd, with, like, a angel band. And I’m in the front row, and I’m hammered drunk.
 

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