Often times when it comes to placing an order for custom printed shirts, it always comes down to one thing, the money. Sure the quality and the color of the design are always important. The size of the logo, the positioning, the information on the shirt all needs to be correct. Yet at the end of the day, you want to make sure that you are getting the best bang for your buck.
Following are a few things to keep in mind when you order.
1. Are you getting your shirts embroidered, utilizing heat transfer, or getting them screen printed?
All of these options have different prices attached to them. Screen printing usually demands a setup fee of some sort. It might seem rather costly in the beginning, however, in the long run if you are printing hundreds of shirts the setup fee is a nominal portion of the bill.
Embroidery costs factor in things such as how much thread you’re using, the type of thread you are using, the type of stitch, and the size of the graphic that you want displayed on your shirt.
Heat transfer prices can vary greatly depending on the type of transfer you use. Does the transfer have a metallic look? Is it flocked? Subtle things like that will greatly affect the price of your finished product. Check with your embroidery shop and let them know what you are looking for. They can guide you in an appropriate direction so you can make the best choice. When comparing quotes between companies it is imperative that you make sure all of the details are the same.
2. The type of shirt you are using will affect your price as well.
It should stand to reason that the lower quality T-shirt you purchase, the cheaper it will be. However, there are other things to consider as well. The color of the shirt will affect the price, and the size of the shirt can affect the price. Sometimes the embroidery shop owner will run a closeout special on an odd color or size so make sure to ask before you make your final selection. You might find a color or size that would work perfectly with your design for a cheaper price.
This is the one that everybody wants to know about. However, you need to keep in mind the other two points listed above as they play into whether or not you may receive a volume discount. The printer may not have much wiggle room depending on the color or size shirt you need. As always, talk to your printer if you are looking to get the cheapest, most economical shirt printed. They can steer you towards their closeouts or different print options that might suit your budget. Yet, in the end there is always the old business rule of price versus cost. Just because something has a cheaper price does not mean that it will cost you less in the long run.
If presentation and durability are important to your product design, then you really need to think in terms of cost more so than price. The last thing you want is to order shirts for your staff only to have them wear out in a month or two. That cheap shirt might cost you more in the long run if you need to place several replacement orders during the year. Ordering a durable shirt might mean you pay a higher price initially, but it could cost you a lot less down the road. Remember, volume is only one piece of the puzzle when it comes to purchase price.
Contact us today for a quote on your high volume order. Our prices are very competitive, you’ll be surprised.