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crd26a
04-30-2009, 03:31 PM
We're looking at getting some t-shirts made for our new logo, but we're at 7 colors (see attached image). Due to the cost of setup, could become expensive. I was wondering if anyone had some recommendations / vendors they've used and been happy with, that have helped to keep cost low.

Any info you can share is greatly appreciated.

WineMaster
04-30-2009, 03:51 PM
I just went through the same thing. I was able to reduce to 5 colors and use the color of the shirt as a color. I would have to say that the logo looks just as good as with the full 7 colors. Just a thought.

Dan

paydabill
04-30-2009, 04:14 PM
zazzle.com - used them onse, and they are great. What I like about them no screening fee. shirts are around $20 each. SO you need to do a break even analsys on how many shirts you want to buy.

KC_Bobby
04-30-2009, 04:24 PM
Can you change the art to CMYK? That would change it to 4 color.

BTW, I count 9 colors: Black, Yellow, Green, Lt Blue, Dk Blue, Red, White, Brown, Orange

C Rocke
04-30-2009, 04:24 PM
IMHO - In the long run, it's best to deal with a local screen printer. Yes, there are screen charges, set up, etc and the first run of shirts may be a little pricey. In the long run, having local vendors who can also act as referral sources (or customers), who know you and your business is important. YGWYPF

crd26a
04-30-2009, 04:42 PM
Can you change the art to CMYK? That would change it to 4 color.

BTW, I count 9 colors: Black, Yellow, Green, Lt Blue, Dk Blue, Red, White, Brown, Orange

Correct on the 9 when we throw in white. Had slighed my count.

KC_Bobby
04-30-2009, 04:46 PM
How did you design the file?

I only have enough graphic knowledge to be dangerous, but programs like Photoshop should allow the art to be changed to a 4 color CMYK - however, I don't think that's a screen print friendly format. But I believe other digital options exist for printing on shirts.

Fast signs might do shirts, might be worth a call.

timzcardz
04-30-2009, 04:58 PM
FWIW, I tried cafepress.com and printfection.com to do a few shirts with my logo on the front, and "Don't Fear the Reaper" on the back. I found printfection.com to produce a far superior T-shirt.

That said, it was for a small quantity and if I was to do a large quantity I would look to a loval provider.



BTW, both provided excellent turnaround times..

Slamdunkpro
04-30-2009, 05:23 PM
How many shirts are you looking for? There are other short run processes that look and wear better than screen printing that don't require set-ups. We use a Solvent ink thermal cut & transfer process, and there are a lot of people offering direct to garment printing as well.

Merl
04-30-2009, 06:01 PM
I have used Sports Imprinters from Pueblo, Colorado. I do not know the minimum order. They do many of the contests shirts and other items.
The owner is a KCBS supporter: Randy Anderson
1-719-544-4777

Merl

moocow
04-30-2009, 09:59 PM
Digital printed tee shirts are the way to go. You can get as many colors as you like. WWW.queensboro.com. I have had lots of t-shirts, hats, polos done there. They have specials every week.

smknwhlswife
04-30-2009, 10:44 PM
If you want local. Alphi Creations is in Lenexa. They have done many bbq teams shirts. Ours, Early Bird, Plowboy, We Like Big Butts, etc. www.alphicreations.com Ask for Alice, she is the owner.

Bigmista
04-30-2009, 11:07 PM
Go to the Swap Meet.

ammoore
05-01-2009, 01:50 PM
I used uberprints.com for a digital print. No minimum orders, I think we ordered 12 shirts and the price came down to around $15/per shirt.

They were very fast. We had our shirts in 4 days.
The only drawback is that for digital prints, you are limited to certain color shirts.


Good luck.

crd26a
05-01-2009, 06:18 PM
Thanks everyone for the suggestions, you've pointed me in some great directions.

BBQ Grail
05-01-2009, 09:37 PM
Queensboro.com

T-shirts $8.95 four shirt minimum.

sign up and wait and an discount promo code will appear in your email box with in a day. Free Shipping for other great deal.

Cigarbque
05-04-2009, 02:42 PM
A local screen printer told me the digital printed shirts washout after about ten wash cycles. Have any of you that went the digital route had any problems with wear? Thanks.

nthole
05-04-2009, 02:48 PM
We ordered through Cafepress because they were simply the best deal for numbers we needed and had such a huge variety of items.

Been washing them for 2 years and they still look great.

Slamdunkpro
05-04-2009, 03:23 PM
A local screen printer told me the digital printed shirts washout after about ten wash cycles. Have any of you that went the digital route had any problems with wear? Thanks.

The shirts I've done digitally out lasted the last batch of screen printed ones by a wide margin. But, your mileage may vary, There are a lot of variables in both screen printing and digital printing that impact the longevity of the garment.

Balls Casten
05-04-2009, 04:16 PM
A semi-local company that we use was bought out by Staples. They have a promo running now for $1.70. They will up charge for smaller orders but still a deal if they are looking for orders.
http://www.staplespromotionalproducts.com/Landing.aspx?name=tshirt_special&cm_sp=Johnson_Box%20-%20SPP-_-1.70T-Shirt-_-Box (http://www.staplespromotionalproducts.com/Landing.aspx?name=tshirt_special&cm_sp=Johnson_Box%20-%20SPP-_-1.70T-Shirt-_-Box)

Finney
05-04-2009, 04:49 PM
We ordered through Cafepress because they were simply the best deal for numbers we needed and had such a huge variety of items.

Been washing them for 2 years and they still look great.

Same here... they still look good.

Slamdunkpro
05-04-2009, 04:54 PM
A semi-local company that we use was bought out by Staples. They have a promo running now for $1.70. They will up charge for smaller orders but still a deal if they are looking for orders.
http://www.staplespromotionalproducts.com/Landing.aspx?name=tshirt_special&cm_sp=Johnson_Box%20-%20SPP-_-1.70T-Shirt-_-Box

$1.70 per shirt / white only / 144 minimum order / + set up / + screen printing charges / + shipping

Stitch
05-04-2009, 05:13 PM
http://www.dollarshirts.com/ One of the best to deal with :-P

Smokin' Joe
05-06-2009, 09:20 PM
Queensboro.com

T-shirts $8.95 four shirt minimum.

sign up and wait and an discount promo code will appear in your email box with in a day. Free Shipping for other great deal.

Thanks for the heads up Larry..I placed my order today...got 51% off with first order. Easy to deal with and for less than 5 bucks a shirt I'm happy:-D

I'll post about the quality when I get em

Balls Casten
05-07-2009, 07:58 AM
$1.70 per shirt / white only / 144 minimum order / + set up / + screen printing charges / + shipping

So does this mean you wll not be ordering from them?

Norcoredneck
05-08-2009, 12:53 AM
A semi-local company that we use was bought out by Staples. They have a promo running now for $1.70. They will up charge for smaller orders but still a deal if they are looking for orders.
http://www.staplespromotionalproducts.com/Landing.aspx?name=tshirt_special&cm_sp=Johnson_Box%20-%20SPP-_-1.70T-Shirt-_-Box

Only $1.70 while supplies last!
Get a great deal on high-quality, white Hanes Tagless T-shirts.
<LI class=idea_article_li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 130%">Perfect for school events, contest giveaways, sports teams, and community fundraisers <LI class=idea_article_li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 130%">Tagless adult tee made from 100% heavyweight cotton <LI class=idea_article_li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 130%">Screen printing done in the USA: Orange City, Iowa <LI class=idea_article_li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 130%">Quick turnaround from in-stock inventory <LI class=idea_article_li style="LINE-HEIGHT: 130%">Minimum quantity: 144
Special pricing applies to blank shirts; decoration costs apply.

smoke-n-my-i's
07-16-2009, 05:12 PM
Digital printed tee shirts are the way to go. You can get as many colors as you like. WWW.queensboro.com (http://WWW.queensboro.com). I have had lots of t-shirts, hats, polos done there. They have specials every week.


yeah, thanks... You cost me $$$$$ I got 4 adult shirts, 1 childs shirt and 4 hats. Order with S&H, tax, was just over $50. I have 2 shirts being embroidered right now, that is costing me $20 each just for the embroidering. Those shirts are going to cost me by the time I am done with them right at $35 each, and that is just basic lettering, no emblem.... so you saved me a bunch.

Bill

CAGE
07-16-2009, 09:54 PM
Airware INC. out of Pensacola is great. They make all the T's for the Blue Angels. They have great prices! Tell'm Hound Dog McClain sent ya!

http://www.airwareinc.us/index1.html