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Unread 04-30-2009, 03:31 PM   #1
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Default T-Shirt Vendors - Any recommendations?

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.
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Unread 04-30-2009, 03:51 PM   #2
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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.

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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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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.
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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..
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.


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Thanks everyone for the suggestions, you've pointed me in some great directions.
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