I would like to know what do I look for in a screen company? What should I ask and how much should I pay ( ball park figure) ? If there is a post on this, please list the link.
$20 set-up is pretty good. Make sure that you still own your art. You should call around and see what other printer's are charging and then go with the best one.Buechee said:I've called a place and they told me this:
$20 set-up fee and $5.75 a shirt sm-xl. Add 1.50 2x and 2.50 3x.
The pricing on screen printing jobs will vary based on:and $5.75 a shirt sm-xl.
paying a "set-up" fee is rediculous. i've never done it, and will never do it. simply negotiate that if you're going to be a regular customer, then that regular business should more than make up for the "set-up" fee...total crap if you ask me.
Can't agree more. I just finished a run of 25 shirts 3 print locations, 3 different screens... AND there were 11 color changes. You do the math. time is money.Sort of. Granted, I use maybe 2$ worth of chemicals exposing and reclaiming, a buck for film, but there's time involved, and some people have rent to pay. I'll waive a set up on anything over 24 shirts, but some printers can't afford to. Storefronts are pricey.
And if the printer libraries his screens, that's 25$ at least sitting on the shelf until you decide you want more shirts.
I think there are all kinds of printers out there. I'm in a fairly small town, and in the two years I've been in business, I can count on both hands the number of orders I've taken for quantities over 200 shirts. Most of my business is in the 12 - 72 piece range. If you are a returning customer, and you want to change a one or two color design, I probably won't charge the screen prep fee. If you are ordering 200 or more shirts with up to four colors, I not only won't charge the screen fees, I will try to sharpen my pencil and save you some more money. I also run a special early in the summer for family reunion shirts, where for a dozen or more shirts with one-color/one-side, I basically eat the prep fee, and I have done well with this both times I ran it.You're right...time is money...which is exactly why I wouldn't put that amount of work into a 25 shirt run. If the customer really demands that many locations and that many colors...then perhaps your minimum order should be much more than 25 (or you're charging a ridiculous amount for the run...but if they'll pay, more power to ya). Here's what I'm saying though. I wouldn't pay a setup fee...I'm not saying you shouldn't charge one, I'm simply saying I wouldn't pay it. Luckily for me, there are enough vendors out there not charging one.
Thanks everyone for your question advice! All so helpful and a good preparation to understand how things work in the printing world. Just a few questions though. What is misprints and Colour Changes? I need these explained to me in detail because I don't know the process of these.The pricing on screen printing jobs will vary based on:
1) Quantity ordered of the same design
2) Garment color used
3) Number of colors in the design
4) Number of print locations
5) Garment style/brand used (assuming the printer is supplying the blanks)
You can get quotes from other screen printers locally. Ask them what their policy is on misprints. Ask them what brand garments they can supply. Ask them if they can relabel or refer you to someone who can (if that's a concern of yours).
Ask them any question you can imagine It's better to ask before than to be surprised later.
If you like really think ink coverage (bulletproof ink), then ask them how they usually handle ink coverage. If you like a lighter coverage or a special technique that you saw somewhere, try to describe it or bring in a shirt like it).