Jun 082009

Choosing the Right T-Shirt for Printing

As many people know custom t-shirts are one of the most effective forms of advertising. If you are interested in getting shirts printed for your company choosing the right t-shirt is one of the most important steps. Hopefully through this article I will be able to help some you make an educated decision when it comes to getting shirts printed.

Choosing the wrong weight of shirt is a very common mistake.

The first mistake is selecting a shirt that is too heavy. If you are having shirts made for a lawn care company you would not want to use a heavy t-shirt like the Hanes Beefy-T 6.1 Oz. They would not breath as well as a lighter shirt and would be uncomfortable during the summer heat. Not to mention these garments would be more expensive than something lighter. If you were printing shirts to sell this would be a good choice. They are very high quality and that would show while on display.

The second weight related mistake is choosing a product that is to light. There is a brand name “AAA” that is made in China. These shirts can be bought for about $.40 a piece. But the old adage applies: “You get what you pay for.” If you are looking to print shirts to give away these shirts would be okay, but will not last longer than a few washes. If you are going to sell the shirts, I would strongly advise not using this brand. Other manufacturers make cheap t-shirts as well. For the sake of longevity you should not use anything with a weight less than 4 ounces.

Now on to color.

The color of shirt that you choose will effect the cost of printing. Light colors like ash, white or yellow should not effect the price. However dark colors like black, navy, forest et al. will increase the cost of printing. They are also more expensive than the lighter colors. These colors — especially black — are worth the extra cost. They will be your best sellers — people love black t-shirts. The printing on these shirts needs an undercoat. If this is not done the color of the shirt will peek through the printed ink. When estimating what you will pay for printing you must add the cost of one color to the cost of printing. Once in a while you will encounter a company that does not require the undercoat. This will save you money. Trust me, I can tell you from experience, it is not worth it.

Shirt Style Effects Price

One thing that will effect the cost of a shirt is the style. It should have no effect on the cost of printing. Unless you are interested in an unusual printing location like down the sleeve. The difference between short sleeves and long sleeves can increase the cost of a tee. While adding a pocket will add to the cost as well. Printing on the pocket is can be difficult and you would have a hard time finding a company that would do that for you.

Discounts for Volume

Unlike other apparel products t-shirts are a little more difficult to get volume discounts on. The price mark up that the distributor is making on the t-shirts can often be as low as 3%. So discounts on top of an already good price would be cutting into profits.

In conclusion choosing the right t-shirt for your printing job is not hard as long as you know what to look for. Don’t choose a shirt that is too heavy or to light. Select the correct color. Match your company colors, or colors that will complement your logo. Or if you are printing these shirts to be sold, you can never go wrong with black. Style is very important, as it will effect dramatically effect the cost of the shirt. Ask for volume discounts, but if you get a discount don’t expect to much.

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  5 Responses to “T-Shirts for Printing, How to Choose the Right One”

  1. I need my own design copied onto t-shirts at the lowest cost. Where do I go?

  2. The cheapest option would be to buy some blank WHITE tees and heat transfer the logos yourself. Use an iron and transfer paper you can get from a local craft store. However this method has to be used on white shirts and without a heat transfer machine can result in misprints. You might want to order extra shirts if this is what you choose to do.
    I would recommend calling the toll free number above and talking to someone about your project.

  3. First off, I’d like to say that the information which I’ve just read has been very helpful to me in making certain decisions on what to look for. I’m trying to launch a “Fight Wear” clothing line which consists of T-shirts, sweaters, sweaters with hoods and more. I don’t have a website yet, but i’m working on one once I have some product on hand. I live in Toronto and I know that purchasing overseas is cheaper but I have no way of knowing to get them my ideas. If there is a company close by my city, I’d really like to do business with them and hopefully my business takes off so we can do more. It’s always easier to speak to someone face to face and explain what it is that you want on the shirt and how you want it. If you know of any manufacturers around here that have good reasonable prices to purchase from where I can make profit, can you please let me know.

  4. Many of our customers choose to buy the clothing blank from us and have the printing or embroidery done by a local shop. This way you get the best price possible on the apparel, while having the ability to interact face-to-face with a company on the more delicate customization work. We will even ship straight to your decorator. And the product will arrive with in a few days. We do ship internationally, Canada is easier than other countries. Give us a call if you have any questions we are happy to help!

  5. Bob, I am not well informed when it comes to new heat transfer technologies. But here is my opinion on starting a printing company:

    I view heat transfer as a “just getting started” type of decoration. If you are going to use this to get started that is fine. However newer technologies are typically more expensive (Screen Print Heat Transfers). And I would be surprised if it could handle dark colored shirts. Why not put that money into professional equipment? You can get a four station press used for a pretty good price — http://www.CraigsList.org.

    If you cannot sink the money into equipment. Why not buy the clothing from us ;) then find a local printer who can print them for you. You could still get the project done for a price that would allow you to make a profit.

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