Today there are tons of places both online & local to purchase custom t-shirts. Knowing where to start can be both confusing and stressful. To get started, it’s always best to do some research on the companies that you are looking at. Reading reviews from other customers is a good place to start. Check your local community Facebook pages, and don’t be afraid to ask for recommendations. We’ve put together a list of a few things to look for.
Is The Company Printing Your Shirts or Outsourcing Them?
This is a biggie. Is there evidence that the company you are working with actually prints shirts? If you can’t see evidence of shirts being printed, they are probably outsourcing the printing to another shop. Some companies collect your order information & artwork and source other “contract” printers to print your garments. This process puts a lot of space between you and the person that is actually printing your shirts. The contract printer then “blind ships” your shirt to you. In this scenario, you will almost never have any interaction with the person or company that is actually printing your garments. This is not a bad process when convenience is more important than the finished product quality.
What Method Are They Using To Print Your Shirts?
There are so many ways to print or transfer images and artwork on to shirts and other garments. If you’re looking for the highest quality prints we reccomend screen printing, embroidery, and direct to garment. It’s never inappropriate to ask what methods will be used to print your shirts. Do some research on which method is best for your purposes. As a general rule, heat transfers, laser transfers, and vinyl are not accepted as professional and wash fast print methods. Few exceptions apply, jersey numbers, for example are often applied using heat transfer vinyl.
What Is An Acceptable Turnaround Time?
Turnaround times are really up to whenever you need them. 14 days is not an uncommon turnaround time, many companies will upcharge “rush” orders if you’re need is less than 10 days or so out.
Do Your Own Research
A few minutes spent going through a company’s website or social media accounts can go a long way. Check out reviews and see what other customers are saying. Look at photos of their previous work. If they don’t have any, the photos or prints look cheap or of poor quality, it might be best to look elsewhere.