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T-Shirt Business

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by Sliar, Sep 28, 2010.

  1. Sliar

    Sliar Regular Member

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    I am going to try my hand at making and selling t-shirts. I was wondering if anyone knows of a site like cafepress that doesn't limit you to the amount of designs you put up at one time. I'm looking to go with variety (few hundred different designs).


    I know some people will say to start my own company because it isn't that expensive to setup the printing equipment but keep in mind i'm in my second year of college and trying to do this small at first with the online market and then eventually maybe take it further.

    So does anyone know of a good cafepress etc site that offers unlimited or at least a high amount of slots to upload the designs
     
  2. LiamLC

    LiamLC Regular Member

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    Spreadshirt is good. But I honestly recommend to do it yourself and not use one of those sites. If you don't want to make them, you can bulk order custom shirts from lots of websites. I would look into that. However, the best alternative to cafe press is spreadshirt (I don't think they have any limits).
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    monkey Registered Member Premium Member

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    if you have $6k and you want to get it made properly, i can help you setup manufacturing in asia.
     
  4. Sliar

    Sliar Regular Member

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    I am planning on trying to set it up myself later on if they are successful in selling. But college full time and working part time doesn't leave me to much free time or money atm. I'll defiantly check out spreadshirt thanks
     
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    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    Zazzle is another one similar to CafePress and Spreadshirt.
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    http://anonym.to?http://www.zazzle.com/
    "Wiz"
     
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  6. Sliar

    Sliar Regular Member

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    have you done any buisness with them? Do they allow unlimited designs?
     
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    WizGizmo Super Moderator Staff Member Premium Member

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    No . . . Sorry. I was just aware of the fact that they are similar to CafePress. You will have to read their terms to find out exactly how they operate.

    Cheers! - "Wiz"
     
  8. jeffern

    jeffern Newbie

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    Imagine a forum that's as useful as BHW, but all about T-shirts. It has well over 100,000 members, and they tend to be very helpful. You can certainly get an exhaustive answer to your question there.

    Consider just outsourcing the printing to a heat press or DTG printer. There are people there eager to do it and your profit will be FAR greater.

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    http://t-shirtforums.com
     
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  9. jeffern

    jeffern Newbie

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    I just reread your post. I would respectfully suggest that you reconsider your plan for a site featuring hundreds of designs.

    Just like most other types of internet marketing, a successful t-shirt site involves doing keyword research and picking a good niche.

    And avoiding bad choices. For example, humor t-shirts. The market is saturated, yet there are more sites every day. You constantly need new designs. Decent designs get ripped off within hours, and there's not much you can do about it. Prices are cut-throat.

    On the other hand, "I Hate Clowns" has no competition, and has been raking in the bucks for over a decade.

    If you want to sell a wide variety of shirts, your best bet is to set up a network of niche sites.
     
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    Fastlane Registered Member

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    I thought about starting this once and I still want to do it.
    I did a quite good research and I think "Printfection" (you have to google it since I can't post links) is the best T-Shirt printer service out there. You get good commissions and they don't appear very big on your shop, so it looks more professional (if you have a good design of course).
     
  11. velcom7

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    Get an iron and iron on sheets! hehe... Actually, you can get a good iron press for a few hundred dollars. The iron press requires an area about the size of a stove top.

    With a setup like this, all you have to do is, design, print, cut, iron press it and you're done!
     
  12. papadre

    papadre Regular Member

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    work with a local mom and pops shop. you can get shirts printed pretty cheap. develop a relationship and when you get bigger you'll get the best price around town. open up a big cartel store and sell your shirts. that's what i did. ;) (http://filthydripped.com)
     
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    jtorres75 Newbie

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    Im in the same position as the thread starter but I seen in your website you have a program for the designs. Whats the name of the program and where can i get it for cheap or free?
     
  14. ligarius

    ligarius Newbie

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    make your own webstore, many script for that
    make a facebook app and make it viral

    get good designs!

    try to put your design on deviantart, you can setup your own shop too
     
  15. profits

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    Out of all the print on demand sites the best I've seen is skeened and Redbubble as far as quality. As someone who is a screenprinter and has been making my living for the last 10 years selling t-shirts online, Do Not Do It Yourself. Hire a printer, even someone to package and ship the orders. It's cheap and a better use of time. You'll still have a 10 times markup and can concentrate your personal resources on design and marketing which is where the money is made. It requires skill, knowledge and a big learning curve to print quality garments. You can short cut that using someone else's skills. It can get unmanageable real fast if you are getting a hundred orders a day and trying to do it all yourself