02-11-2009, 06:42 PM
i have a guy in my contacts from another forum who makes tshirts and vinyl (he can make bp.com decals for sure) and is always interested in new shirts/work.
if this needs moved, so be it, i'm just seeing if there is someone already doing this and i can't find them. if the market is open, i'll gladly refer him to here, i just want to know if his business is wanted. shirts will be about $15-20 and fit food, good quality and excellent printing on them, i already have a few (one is the JB weld logo :punk:)
02-12-2009, 09:46 AM
Most of the clubs that have any kind of annual event, and some that don't, have stickers and shirts already, and therefore they have contacts that do this type of work.
I used to buy shirts and stickers for my business. I was buying in lots of 1000, red and black on a white background, for 34 cents each, 4 inch round. The 6 inch would have been about twice that much, but most of the customers did not want stickers any bigger than "easily visible up close." The sticker makers have standard sizes and shapes which they sell by the square inch (20" max, 24" max, etc) plus second, third, fourth colors and a separate setup/artwork charge, because they have to load it in to their machines and it takes time, even if you provide a .jpg or .bmp file or whatever they want.
The signs I bought for the yards used pretty much the same standard. I doubt there is much interest in BinderPlanet yard signs, but it could be done as well. The trade show I normally go to in late march or early april usually has 15 vendors with booths that do business over the net and over the phone. They don't do shirts, though. Just stickers and signs.
The primary difference I found in shirts was in the quality of the shirt material and the options, such as pockets and reinforcement, not the quality of the art work, and also whether non-standard sizes are offered, specifically "tall" sizes, like LT, XLT, etc. Even the larger custom uniform companies had a limited selection of tall shirts, so options such as the number of pockets, type of collar, short or long sleeve, type of material became more limited in a hurry. I prefer shirts with many pockets because I do nerd work quite a bit, and having lots of pens, reading glasses, and other items handy makes my life much easier. The shirts are an extra 10-15 bucks each, but no matter. Couldn't get what I wanted in my size.
Event type shirts, or those promoting a specific business or organization, are normally done locally to minimize warehousing and transportation costs. If you have time to shop around, many silk screeners want you to come in and look at what they have to offer. If you can show them exactly what you want, they can give you a quote right on the spot based on quantity. It is important to build relationships with such businesses, because on the next order, they are likely to give you a better price.
It is very likely that your friend could give better prices than anybody else in your area, but an order for a website like this would require some capital outlay that might not see a return, so advance orders would probably need to be taken.
I did a bunch of stickers once that said "Charter Member, SUV Recovery Team." There really wasn't any hope of making money on the deal, but another member and I had some fun doing it. He had large letters made up, and I had standard bumper stickers, and we traded.
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