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Hi,

I am very new to all of this and plan on looking for a screen printer in the NY area, thinking water based printing.

What do you look for in a screen printer? Do you have samples printed first? How much is the set up cost usually besides the per shirt cost and how does that work when you are having samples made?

Thanks so much!
 

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Gooniebird, the first thing you need to know is not all screen printers do water based inks. Call around and ask them if they do, the ones that do, you need to visit if you can and see there shop and samples. It takes as much time and expense to print a sample as it does to print 100-1000 shirts. The cost is in the screen making and set-up, so don't expect a sample for cheap. Its not unusual for a customer to do a press check before printing, That's where it's on the press and printed then you look at it if it's not right it can be changed. I hope this helps, John
 

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