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Post Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:35 pm

tee shirt printing

hi all please help
i do a fair amount of printed tee shirts and Polo's etc etc

i have just given a quote to a customer who wants 20 tees done
she would like to supply her own tees which is fine but no mark up on them for me so I'm only making on the work

OK just one colour design on left front breast and small logo on back using Dora tape garment flex

i priced this job at £6.50 per tee shirt knowing i would be getting more each month and I'm also doing a nice print job on there new van

i just got an email back saying its far to expensive
please let me know if you think the same i thought it was cheap
supply the vinyl
weed
heat apply
surely I'm not over pricing this
thanks rich
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Post Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:48 pm

Rich I wouldn't say that was too dear let's face it the mark up is suppling the t's, if your putting two logo's on two pressings, small logo's intense weeding you can't do it cheaper than that, we don't do them any more your question is one of the reasons. !!!


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Post Sat Mar 04, 2006 7:56 pm

Hi Richard,
I have 9 polo shirts a year multicoloured embroidered & 6 V neck jumpers.
Polo's & jumpers cost (for embroidery only) £3.50 each. These consist of two lines of text in one colour (left breast pocket) & a multi coloured rainbow above the text.
is this any help?

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Post Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:11 pm

I'd say your price is right on the money...

If you do a fair amount of tees, don't worry about the complaint and stick to your guns. If she wants cheaper let her spend money/time for the couple of extra dollars. Guarentee she will be back in a day or so. You have to make your money, forget the knit picking.

Good luck with it.
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Post Tue Mar 07, 2006 2:30 pm

I used to think that i was over charging, then if you do a time study you will find you are making ZERO so stick to your guns. The thing is if like us your t shirt stuff is an add on to your sign company you will never compete with the people who do clothing alone.

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Post Tue Mar 07, 2006 3:28 pm

I agree with George, you're not charging too much, I would have said the same. Let this one go and spend your time doing something that will make money.
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Post Tue Mar 07, 2006 9:48 pm

Ive just quoted a parachute club £7 to £10 per shirt (supplied) depending on quality, IE heavyweight medium weight etc, using Dark jet transfers in full colour. material cost inc shirt/ink/transfer would be about £4 so the £6.50 you quoted was about right. if people are going to charge less than they cant be using top notch materials, or they are screen printing.
if we were to screen print the design we just did it wouldnt even be worth doing just 20 shirts due to set up cost to the customer, a single colour design like yours however would, you would only need 1 screen with the designs set at each end, print the one side on all 20, cure them then do the other sides.
If you get a lot of requests for one colour designs a single or dual silk screen carousel might be worth considering. theyre inexpensive and the material cost is very low in terms of ink/screens etc as you can re-use the screens, if its a one off job just print it and wash out the emulsion ready for the next job. as for time weeding/cutting etc, yes thats time conuming, time taken to set up and expose a screen and print 20 shirts in 1 colour I would estimate at about 1.5 to 2 hours tops.
So definetely worth considering.
we got into signs totally the other way round we started silk screening and dye sub etc and needed a cutter for the flex materials etc and started doing signs after
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Post Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:02 pm

thanks for replys


guess what

















she has gven me the go ahead
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Post Tue Mar 07, 2006 10:35 pm

Rich just tell her you don't give a guantee as you didn't supply the t's and you don't know the mix ie: nylon and cotton or that ploycarb stuff? that's why I always hated using there own we only used 100% cotton because of the high heat you have to apply :roll:
well done for not backing down.



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Post Wed Mar 08, 2006 12:53 pm

Well done mate

I run a custom t-shirt printing shop and I get people coming into my shop all the time and moaning about price.

I charge from £10 (with T supplied) for a one off, I give 10% discount for orders of 10 or more.... some people are happy with that some are not.

People think it costs penny's for flex and the equipment came free in my Christmas cracker.

I never back down..... no point (:) if you do that you are better off closing. I ask people if topman and high street shops give you big discount for buying two of the same tops :wink:
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Post Wed Mar 08, 2006 2:48 pm

fast good cheap you can have any two

1= on the top point quality
2= on left price
3= on right speed

(a note for your customers)
we provide three type of service.
FAST,CHEAP,GOOD

you may have your choice of any two,

if you want it fast and cheap - it wont be good
if you want it fast and good - it wont be cheap
if you want it cheap and good - it wont be fast

shirt printers pyramid

......... quality
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.........../..\
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.price /-----\speed

YOU CAN HAVE ONE SIDE OF IT , BUT YOU CANT HAVE TWO
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dont let them wear you down
all the best from freddy in scarborough

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