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[DTG HM1] Thinking to buy a DTG HM1 and need help...

 
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Old March 15th, 2009 Mar 15, 2009 9:11:01 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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Default Thinking to buy a DTG HM1 and need help...

to know if this gadget is OK (or not) for us.

We're a spanish factory that print our own tshirts with our designs. Our customers are 95% souvenirs shops and zoo..... We have a lot of designs. Price screenprinting one of our designs is 1,5$ (1,16€). As everyone knows, times are changing and customers use to order less and less everytime. So that's the reason about thinking on a DTG HM1.

We'd like to:

1-Offer AWESOME wildlife designs. It's much easier on a DTG than screenprint it!

2-Avoid to set up a 7 color automatic machine to print only a 30,80... tshirts order.

3- Offer customized designs to future customers that only will be order by just a few of them (example, we are in spain but we could offer nice customized designs for other countries, Eiffel tower in Paris,....). I

Now, we know prices of DTG printing must be a little higher but we don't know how much. I've attached a couple of designs and we'd like to know a stimate of printing on EVERY TSHIRT COLOR. I mean Red, lime, yellow, black....

Problem is we can't price a dtg printing (realistic wildlife design) more than 2,32$ (1,80€). If we price it higher than that, we couldn't offer to our customers because ii would be very expensive and they won't do orders to us.

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Old March 15th, 2009 Mar 15, 2009 9:44:30 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Thinking to buy a DTG HM1 and need help...

I have same question too ,(i do same job in Greece) but i thing if the designs are already made from a factory
is better to get them ready as print ,but if you have a print that nobody else have it near you or the can't find it soon then worth the money and the time that you are going to spend.
By the way if you are using plastisol prints (like wildlife or others) and you need more than 500 i can give you with less than 1 euro
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Old March 17th, 2009 Mar 17, 2009 3:00:55 PM -   #3 (permalink)
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Default Re: Thinking to buy a DTG HM1 and need help...

You can likely get away with printing on light shirts for less than the $2.32 per shirt in ink but I doubt if you can print on dark shirts for less than that. It is possible depending on the size of the print but for large print you are likely going over that cost. I would have to actually run one of your pics to see what the ink cost estimate is.

Very nice eagle pic by the way.

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Old March 23rd, 2009 Mar 23, 2009 12:16:10 PM -   #4 (permalink)
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Default Re: Thinking to buy a DTG HM1 and need help...

Im not a 100% sure on this because I have a Kiosk II but we can print on white shirts as low as about 1.16 a shirt using the basic anvil 5.4oz shirt and can usually keep black shirts at around 3 as well, again depending on the size of the print. One thing you should look into is the new Viper DTG from SWF. Not sure how much they run for but new technology is usually better than old.

But saying all that, you are not going to make much of a profit if you are looking to keep your prices the same a screen printing. You need to be thinking of making around 6-10 dollars a shirt profit with a DTG. You have to remember you dont get to throw in all those random fees like screenprinting. And you are doing small runs.
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Default Re: Thinking to buy a DTG HM1 and need help...

i agree, you should make a larger profit off runnig the garmet prints than screen printing. Using white with those prices wont leave for much of a profit
 






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