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Old December 13th, 2013 Dec 13, 2013 4:56:23 PM -   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I want to create a new t-shirt selling business with a unique line of designs and slogans. I have very little startup capital, and very little experience. I've been looking at zazzle, cafepress, printmojo, and spreadshirt. I have a few questions:

First, which company do you think I should use for my business, based on my goals, their quality, and your experience with them?

Second, can you describe the difference between screen printing, digital printing, and plot printing (and which has the highest quality).

Here is some info on how I would like my products:

I want decent quality, not something that my customers will be disappointed in. I don't want the design to wash away, crumble, or feel rigid when they wear the shirt. I also would like to have a variety of different shirts and colors. Eventually I would prefer to expand to sweatshirts and hats, also decent quality. I'm looking in particular for trucker style hats that aren't cheap foam material.

In terms of inventory/storage, I would like to use a company that doesn't require me to buy all the shirts up front. (I think what I would prefer is called rolling printing, or something like that?) Also, I understand that these sites store your shirts at their warehouse. Are there any sites that create the shirts, send them to you, and then allow you to store the shirts (is this cheaper or more expensive to store it yourself and ship it yourself)? I also would like to make shirts or products with our logo embroidered over the breast (like polo and other companies do), is this possible with these sites? I'm also prepared to do all the marketing myself, and may be able to promote the site I'm using (be an associate) on social media in the near future.

Anything else I should know, or any other advice you have to offer?

Thank you, I appreciate your time and help.
 
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Old July 16th, 2014 Jul 16, 2014 10:58:56 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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If you do want to buy your own shirts in bulk at a discount, this company is offering discount bulk shirts, see if this helps and start out small: Fruit Of The Loom Unisex 3391 - Â*8 UNLIMITED Solar
 
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Claude,
Contact Peter Rinning at www.qrsts.com they have two different pieces of digital Direct to Garment Printers which would be the way to go.
As far as the "Blanks" go.
You can buy them directly at Alpha Broder www.alphabroder.com
Comfort Colors or Aurum Organics from www.dyehouse.com (speak to Lori Willette, she's a doll and VERY knowledgeable) or Spectra out in California (They make the shirts here in the USA if that's important to you)
All of them offer really high quality blanks.
If you go digital, you can Print On Demand on a discreet as need order basis. QRST's will hold your blanks for you and then print, however, that having been said, we tote around our choices for blanks (BTW all of our Blanks have Tear Away Tags so we can private label them. We take the customer orders, order the blanks, have them shipped to the vendor, they print and ship. Quick, easy, fun and your done. We make up "Look Books" here in house with our designs and go out and sell.
Feel free to call with questions
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BTW- AlphaBroder even has a FREE design studio where you can design your shirts.
 
 
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Finally, you want to go Digital. Unlike Silk Screening which utilizes Plastisol based inks that sit on top of the fabric and will eventually crack and peel. Direct to Garment printing actually sprays (It's has inkjet printing heads) the ink INTO the fabric, in essence Dyeing it so it won't wash out and you won't be able to "feel" it either. The garment, if you use a really high quality 110% Cotton will just get softer with every washing and eventually will feel like "butta" as they say in Massachusetts
A really good quality blank cost about $5.00 each for a T but is well worth it!
 
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What brand of machine is good for DTG printing?
 
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Hi everyone, I have been doing a ton of research and am using Teespring right now. It's not perfect, as I wish they had more of the "store" feel that you can get with CP. I am on CP but have not done any marketing to it yet.

Personally, I cannot see doing any meaningful volume at those prices. I just did a search for Vancouver thirts on the .ca and saw some pretty cool ones. I picked one and my price out the door was C$55.50. For a short sleeve tshirt?

I would kill for a guy working in his basement that would do DTG printing (I would provide the garments) for a reasonable wholesale price - that could print one at a time, stick it in an envelope (that I would also buy) and ship to BC and Alberta mostly. I'd pay him for his printing and time.
 
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Finally, you want to go Digital. Unlike Silk Screening which utilizes Plastisol based inks that sit on top of the fabric and will eventually crack and peel. Direct to Garment printing actually sprays (It's has inkjet printing heads) the ink INTO the fabric, in essence Dyeing it so it won't wash out and you won't be able to "feel" it either. The garment, if you use a really high quality 110% Cotton will just get softer with every washing and eventually will feel like "butta" as they say in Massachusetts
A really good quality blank cost about $5.00 each for a T but is well worth it!
This is BOLLOCKS. DTG is definitely better than inkjet printed transfers, but from what I've read in most cases it doesn't hold up to washing as well as a screen printed shirt. The only time a screen printed shirt will crack is when it's under cured. And one more thing. How exactly is it possible to have a shirt be "110% cotton"?
 






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