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Say you dont want to heat press or print your own designs and have decided to get them done by a screen printing company or whatever it may be. All i've seen is sites where you get to add your design but the total price per shirt is up to 20 dollars per shirt even using cheap 1.60 per shirt gildans? How is it done
 

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Great Question,

I have never printed a single shirt I have sold, I figure I am a business person, not a printing person. I outsource the things I don't do (dedsign, printing, fulfillment) and I focus on the things I can do (Selling, product development)

Yes you have to give up some of the money, but it is helping a printer, designer, fulfillment company, while I can focus on building a business. I am a business person, not the actual guy that prints the shirts. I have found that sales drives any business, you can be the best printer in the world, but with no sales you won't stay in business long (although good work normally brings in more business)

So how to do it ?
1) Have a legitimate business set up, not just an 'idea that I want to sell shirts'
2) Have some money either to screenprint or DTG print , so you can actually pay for what you need.

3) make contacts, make a phone call with printers and find out their minimum order qnty and see if they will offer you contract pricing.

Best of luck
 

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Say you dont want to heat press or print your own designs and have decided to get them done by a screen printing company or whatever it may be. All i've seen is sites where you get to add your design but the total price per shirt is up to 20 dollars per shirt even using cheap 1.60 per shirt gildans? How is it done
Those sites are not a good comparison at all. Find some local screen print shops and ask them for pricing. The two biggest factors in screen print pricing is the volume per design and the numbers of colors per design. And as a general rule, screen printing is quite affordable for higher volume orders. Depending on your budget, volume and colors in your artwork, you can also look into print shops that do direct-to-garment printing.
 

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I think i am looking at retail sites. Do most who get other companies to print there shirts for them use local shops? Because i'm not sure if my town even have a screen printing shop. And the only shop i know that has a heat press is extremely expensive. I am trying to figure out which route to take maybe it would be best to buy a heat press and press myself until i knew orders would be steadily coming in?
 

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the price you are getting your shirts printed for, you should probably sell for twice or something as reasonable. that way you either have profit when you tie everything else in or at least break even. plus if its priced at 20 bucks a shirt to be printed you should probably find someone else.
 

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I think i am looking at retail sites.
Yeah, a lot of those custom t-shirt websites are for retail. Instead of walking into a store and buying a $20 t-shirt, you can order a custom t-shirt for yourself for the same $20.

But since you need to resell the shirts, you need to purchase at wholesale prices.

Do most who get other companies to print there shirts for them use local shops? Because i'm not sure if my town even have a screen printing shop.
I've used a variety of shops in different areas based on what the job entails. If your area doesn't have a shop, keep searching. Check out the closest big cities. Where are you located, maybe someone can make a recommendation. Or post a thread in the Referrals section of the forum. I'm sure you'll get some responses.
 
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