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I am looking to outsource my printing to a Print on Demand company that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg and that also is reliable and does great work. Ideally they would let us supply them with our own inventory. I don’t understand how they can charge $15 for a $2.00 Sanmar T with DTG! Can someone help?
 

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Umm, because good DTG's costs $20,000+. How would you propose they make that money back?

Look local. You won't find national POD companies who wants to handle separate inventory for every client.
 

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POD/DTG is expensive per unit, no way around it. No one is going to want to deal with you providing the blanks, as it complicates how to handle misprints and is a PITA in general. If they need to make $X per unit, then they need to make $X per unit. In the end, you are really paying for the printing service, even if it is sometimes in part disguised as a markup on the blank. Many screen printers price in the same manner (though screen printing would be far cheaper per unit, if there were enough units to warrant screen printing).

All that said, splathead's suggestion to look local is a great idea. Big POD production facilities do not tend to produce consistent results, and can't be bothered to try to improve things for an individual customer. Your odds of achieving quality are better going smaller and local.
 

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POD/DTG is expensive per unit, no way around it. No one is going to want to deal with you providing the blanks, as it complicates how to handle misprints and is a PITA in general. If they need to make $X per unit, then they need to make $X per unit. In the end, you are really paying for the printing service, even if it is sometimes in part disguised as a markup on the blank. Many screen printers price in the same manner (though screen printing would be far cheaper per unit, if there were enough units to warrant screen printing).

All that said, splathead's suggestion to look local is a great idea. Big POD production facilities do not tend to produce consistent results, and can't be bothered to try to improve things for an individual customer. Your odds of achieving quality are better going smaller and local.
Thank you so much! Very much appreciated!
 

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One other point regarding local. DTG/screen printing shops are more than willing to do this. You just have to ask. They can even get your garments for you at prices probably cheaper than you are getting now, even with a wholesale account. And the bigger they are, the less likely they are to have to pay for shipping from the warehouse, even for 1 item.

But you have to have volume. Don't expect great deals if you're shipping 10 items a month.
 

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One other point regarding local. DTG/screen printing shops are more than willing to do this. You just have to ask. They can even get your garments for you at prices probably cheaper than you are getting now, even with a wholesale account. And the bigger they are, the less likely they are to have to pay for shipping from the warehouse, even for 1 item.

But you have to have volume. Don't expect great deals if you're shipping 10 items a month.
Thank you Joe. I really appreciate your input!
 
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