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Sometimes people wonder why one stock transfer design costs more than an other of the same design.

Stock transfers are just like art items and increase in value as they get older and less are found (rare items).

For example, a 1983 Airwaves transfer design that is still in their catalog today, the original print that was made in 1983 is worth a lot more money than the same design that was made/printed last year.

Ok, so if you are buying to sell the designs to the general public, this would not matter much. But to the collectors market it does.

examples (originals 1st. print/originals re-prints):

http://www.tbible.com/1-ORIGINAL.jpg
http://www.tbible.com/1-REMAKE.jpg

http://www.tbible.com/2-ORIGINAL.jpg
http://www.tbible.com/2-REMAKE.jpg


Now to do with prices for Current Stock Designs.

There are companies that Distribute Transfer designs Like Pro-world, there are Companies that have catalogs and sell them like Impulse, The Wildside and others... and then there are Manufacturers that actually make the transfer designs and may have a few hundred designs that they sell too but their minimums may be more like 100 of the same design in a pack.

So, your best bet as you start out is to buy from Distributors or Catalog companies, this way you will inventory a good selection at an affordable cost.


Any other tips on Buying Stock Transfers ?
 

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I always wondered how a "vintage tee" applies compared to a fresh remake. Some of these have been stored for decades, and as to how they were stored, well thats anyone's guess....makes a difference right? Im more of a graphic artist so I like to put my art on a shirt. Now we can talk about shirt choice, cut, color. Its almost like the art, shirt style, fabric go hand in hand.Combined makes one of a kind wearable art. I'm glad that created this thread
 

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Polle Prints said:
Some of these have been stored for decades, and as to how they were stored, well thats anyone's guess....makes a difference right?
I'm glad that created this thread
Good quality transfers when properly stored will last forever. Sure some might not print 100% perfect but that's to be expected since they are old.

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Another thing to consider when buying transfers, is that most catalog companies will not allow their distributors to re-sell Licensed Designs. Like the Current GM collection from Impulse. So you will need to buy these transfer designs directly from Impulse/Catalog.

Also, they will NOT allow you the retailer to sell these Licensed Designs Pre-Printed on Shirts. In other words, you can only Sell these Licensed Designs 1 at a time and print it on a shirt on Demand. These types of Licensed transfer Designs
will cost a little more.

Often people forget that there is an Artist behind every transfer you buy. The general transfer price per unit is a minimal amount of the total printed shirt retail price. So, if you pay 50 cents more or less it will not make a big difference in the shirt retail selling price.

An Example of a Current Transfer Design Artist is Rober J. May. Currently in the Impulse Catalog.

When the Digital Tranfer Paper media bloomed in the mid 90's, this was a new copetitor for all catalog transfer companies since now everyone would be capable of making their own transfers at home.

So buying transfer designs from catalog companies is more than just buying transfers, you are buying ART, made by Artists.
 

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JS said:
Is there anywhere that sells licensed transfers for bands or car brands, ect?

cheers, Jasper
Impuse has some car transfers.

most of the band ones they had are now deleted from their catalog.
 
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