I swear I am a curse for print shops….
Here’s the story….
First off I like to point out that it is hard to find a printer that will print shirts 1 at a time.
They would prefer to do bulk orders. However, as a startup, I could not afford to do bulk orders for each of my designs. I would have the process of having a customer pre-order a shirt then I would send the request in to get it printed.
I tried working with local printers, but one seriously left me out to dry. The best way to describe it is that they told me they were going to be completed, then started avoiding my emails and calls. Mind you, this wasn’t my first time ordering from them. The guy who was in charge ended up leaving the company, and the person who took over did not even know about my order! Yet he wanted to charge me double the price over the original quote I was given! I was told $15-20 a shirt, and he wanted to charge me $35-40 PER SHIRT!
Note: this price does NOT include any markup from me for my design work NOR shipping.
And instead of apologizing and trying to make the situation right they wouldn’t do anything for me. And this was such a bad experience because I had customers already waiting for the shirts to be done. I ended up refunding them and sending them to TeePublic once I got everything up on there.
After that terrible experience, I had to find a printer that would be more cost-effective not just for myself but for my customers. This is what I came across TeePublic and Zazzle. They offer a broad range of products and have great reviews for their print quality. So they take care of all the payment processing and printing. This gives me more of the ability to focus on the design aspects and the marketing.
I don’t have total control over the colors of placing my logo on them, but this was a small price to pay for at least being able to get my Designs out there to the public.
I did try to work with another screen printer; nevertheless, the place that they work with to get their DTG printing done ended up going out of business. *Whelp*…. like I said I must be a curse…
I do know in the future I plan on releasing Limited Edition Designs printed on shirts that you cannot normally get on either one of those sites, but that would be for the future.
So to sum it up:
Unless you have the money to do bulk orders, I would suggest that you would sell your designs online through a place like TeePublic or Zazzle or any of the other online print shops. You can even do more than one store! Get your designs up anywhere you can! Different online print shops offer different items to be printed on, and they take care of everything!
You can always try buying 1 design in a bulk order and try to push that… just remember to get a variance of sizes.
I hope this can help anyone who wants to get started in the t-shirt business! If you have any suggestions on other online print shops, please leave them below! I would love to check them out!