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As our forum readership grows to nearly 30,000 members, so do the needs of our members.

To help keep the discussions organized, and in response to the suggestions we've received through email, Private Message, and our Feedback Forum, we've added a few new forum sections that are now open for posts:

  • Exclusive Discounts and Offers from Our Preferred Vendors

    This is a "read only" forum where I will post the various exclusive offers that our forum advertisers have been kind enough to extend to our T-ShirtForums members.

    You can also view the offers on our "Preferred Vendors" page of our site, but by adding it to the forums makes the info much easier to find when you're ready to buy some new t-shirt supplies and equipment (or when you're looking for t-shirt printing/designing services)!

    This forum is only visible to registered T-ShirtForums members who are logged into the forums.


  • Business and Finance

    If you're starting a t-shirt business, there's one thing that you might want to know more about: business.

    From writing a business plan, overall business experiences and tips to finance questions, the Business and Finance section is where to go to learn and share!


  • Region Specific T-Shirt Information

    Don't get me wrong, the internet is great. I'd even call it wonderful :)

    But sometimes, every now and then, you just want to pick up the phone and make a local call or walk into a local business to get what you need for your t-shirt business. The Region Specific T-Shirt Information forum is where you can connect with other T-ShirtForums members in your local area and share information and resources.

    Right now the focus is for international locations (based on where the majority of our international forum readers are located: Asia, Australia, Canada, United Kingdom), but we may add US based regions if the demand is there :) It's just a lot easier to find information, vendors, supplies in the US.

  • Vinyl Signs and Decals

    Yes, we're still a "t-shirt" forum :)

    However, with the growing use of vinyl cutters and plotters for t-shirt decoration, it makes sense that the discussion naturally progresses to one of the more popular uses for a cutter: making signs and decals!

    So if you want to expand your offering beyond t-shirts, and you have a vinyl cutter, or if you're thinking about getting one, this new forum will be a great place to discuss the sign and decal side of the business.

  • Referrals and Recommendations Forum

    This one needs a little preface :)

    \start preface\
    One of the main (and sometimes misunderstood) guidelines of our forum is that we don't allow self promotion/advertising or offering your products/services in the main forum threads.

    The idea behind this rule was to help create a community environment where people could ask for help without having to worry about being "sold" or bombarded with people trying to sell them stuff. Nobody likes being spammed.

    Many times, people just want help and information from a fellow community member that doesn't have "making a sale" as an ulterior motive or side effect. They want an opinion, a shared experience, a tip, an unbiased lead that will help them in their business.
    It's nice to get helpful answers that aren't motivated by dollar signs. That's what our main forums are for: sharing and learning about the t-shirt industry in a friendly environment.

    Additionally, since T-ShirtForums.com is generally a "business to business" type forum, we have literally hundreds (if not thousands) of members who are t-shirt printers, designers, wholesalers, distributors, manufacturers, CEO's, etc. Each member, in effect, is a potential vendor or supplier.

    If we allowed the "I can do this for you", "here's a link where you can buy this on my site" "send me a PM and I'll give you a quote" type messages from all of our members who are also business owners, each thread would quickly be inundated with "sales posts", and we'd lose sight the "helpful" posts that have made this forum great.

    In the past, we've avoided specific t-shirt printer or designer recommendation posts all together because it encouraged the type of self promotional posts we don't allow.
    /end preface/

    Enter reality :)

    Sometimes, people want to be "sold".

    Yes, sometimes people know exactly what they want or need to buy, and they just need a good lead to "get r done".

    Search engines, local phonebooks (and of course our Preferred Vendors list ;)) are still some of the best ways to find supplies and vendors, but for those people that are having trouble finding a service provider that fits their needs, we now have the Referral and Recommendations forum.

    If you're looking for a t-shirt printer (screen printer, dye sub, heat transfers, direct to garment, embroidery, etc) in your area or if you need some type of design services, please use this new forum to post your request.

    With our large membership of t-shirt professionals, chances are, there is either someone in the forum that can do the work for you, or there is someone here who can point you in the right direction with a lead or two for you to try.

    To help combat the issue of spam and to discourage the overuse of link dropping, the posts made in this forum can only be seen by logged in T-ShirtForums.com members. That means the posts and replies made in this section won't be picked up by Google or any other search engine and they won't help your search engine rankings in any way :)

    Just a few guidelines for this new section of the forum:

    1. You must have made at least 1 post in the forum to use this section of the forum.

      So go ahead and introduce yourself in the Member Introductions area and then post your request a little later (it may take up to an hour for the forum software to recognize that you need permissions to post in the Referrals section)

    2. You must have made at least 15 posts in the forum to be able to post a REPLY in the thread. If you don't have 15 posts, you can still send a Private Message (PM) to the original poster with your referral or recommendation.
    3. Please be as specific as possible with your service request.

      This will help other members give you a more solid lead or know if they can provide the services you need.

      By specifics, I mean it would be helpful to include your: location in the world, type of service you need, what kind of quantities "per design" that you need, whether you need printing on light or dark garments (or both), if you prefer a specific type of printing technique (water based screen printing, DTG, plastisol transfers, dye sub, etc). If you're looking for a designer, please post as many specifics as possible (style of graphic you're looking for, budget, etc)

    4. Understand that by posting in this section of the forum, you are asking for commercial information to be sent to you (either by Private Message or email).

      That means other forum members may post leads for you to businesses that they've used, or they may offer to do the work for you themselves. You get to decide how people contact you (Private Message, Email, phone). We won't share your email address with anyone, but we do offer a "secure email" feature that allows a logged in forum member to send you an email (without revealing your email address) by clicking on your member profile (if you have enabled this feature in your "Receive Email" section of the member control panel options.

    5. You can recommend your own services in the Referrals and Recommendations section of the forum (and in this forum only). This is the exception to the rule :)

      Private Message (PM) is still the best way to contact someone to offer your services, but if the person has PMs turned off, you are welcome to post a short message in their thread saying that your company offers they services they need with a way to contact you.

    6. Please try to avoid commenting about another member's recommendation or lead unless the member specifically asks for feedback about the company. That means, don't say "that company sucks" or "that company is great".

      Why? Because, although most people's intentions are pure, we don't always know if a company has registered for the forums pretending to be a "third party customer". Sometimes this fake "third party customer" will pretend to be a happy customer of X company or a disgruntled customer of X company. Yes, unfortunately, this does happen. We've setup this section of the forum to avoid this type of activity, but you never know.

    7. In relation to the last guideline, please note that by posting in this section of the forum, you may receive "biased" leads. That means companies may contact you directly or indirectly to offer their services.

      By indirectly, that means that, although it is strictly against our site policies, sometimes companies may pose as "customers" to recommend their services. Sometimes people may recommend their cousin, brother, uncle, next door neighbor, best friend, colleague, without disclosing their relationship to the person they are recommending. They may even act as a happy customer of that person, even if they're not. Yup, that's kind of shady, but unfortunately, people do it.

    8. Lastly, a disclaimer in relation to guideline #7 :)

      Please take the precautions you would ordinarily take as in any transactions involving money and items of value.
      T-ShirtForums.com, its owner, sponsors, and members are not responsible for any losses. The T-ShirtForums.com referrals and recommendations system has no provisions for assisting individuals who have been defrauded but if you have problems inform us immediately via the Feedback Forum, Private Message or e-mail. Abuses to this system will not be tolerated.

  • Have fun!


 
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