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T-Shirt Printing

Discussion in 'Making Money' started by zach1888, May 17, 2011.

  1. zach1888

    zach1888 Newbie

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    I print T-Shirts, currently have a small niche (Football Team) that I have a website dedicated to and a few designs. I have a youtube account in the same niche which has over 3000 subscribers & has had over 12 million video views, I have the link to my site in the description of every video (40 of them) this brings in a decent amount of targeted traffic & generates sales.

    The majority of my sales come through eBay, but currently I have a selling limit which is holding me back. I want to list hundreds maybe thousands of designs but eBay have this stupid selling limit.

    Currently working on a new website that will cover everything, I can design t-shirts on any subject, so want to have a huge catalog of designs (the t-shirts are made to order, so I haven't got to worry about unsold stock, I sometimes pre make some of the more popular designs though)

    It costs me approx £3 to make the t-shirt.
    Profit from the sale of one T-Shirt on the website is approx £8
    Through ebay it is about £6.50 (with all the fees ect)

    Currently I sell approx 5 T-shirts per day online, which is about £35 profit.
    Really want to push this a lot more, target is to be doing at least 20 Tees a day by christmas.

    What is the best route for me to gain more sales? Going to launch the new site soon and will have plenty of designs on it. Should I try adwords or commission junction to begin with?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated.

    Cheers
     
  2. th1221

    th1221 Registered Member

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    What seems to work really well for the other t-shirt companies is having a hot girl wear one of the t-shirts (say, a funny one). Perhaps put an ad like that on Fbook. I don't know if that answers your question - I apologize if it does not.
     
  3. Sako94

    Sako94 Junior Member

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    What do you use to print t shirts I'm looking into getting into the same business as well
    Starting my own clothing company
    How much did it cost you to get the machine
    And is the quality on them good?
     
  4. Madruga

    Madruga Senior Member

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    I always liked this niche, but never had time to try it. One advice, do some contests, where people have to promote your site by any crazy ways, which adds a +of brand to your site, and as for awards, give them t-shirts with your site.com printed on the t-shirts and something like that, among some funny pic, you know~ You might think that it won't work, but I'm telling you that getting your site advertised outside the internet, is all about going to a new level :) Not necessary superior, but a new level
     
  5. businessbira

    businessbira Power Member

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    Have you tried with Facebook Ads? Or creating fan pages/groups about football teams/players and pushing your stuff through them?

    Have you ever thought about creating fan websites about specific players/teams?

    Bottom line: be where your prospects hang out and sell your shit.

    First things that have come up in my mind.
     
  6. zach1888

    zach1888 Newbie

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    Thanks for the tips.
    Being 'where potential customers hang out' works 100%. I am a member on the football teams main forum, but had a low post count so didn't want to make a thread advertising my site, as it is usually frowned upon... But a friend of mine is a mod, so he made a thread about the site, that thread alone generated a massive spike in sales.

    I think Facebook ads is a good shout, might give it a try.
    And Facebook groups with large amounts of members would be good, sometimes the people who run these groups make a post under the name of '2Pac' for example, and the post gets hundreds of likes & comments in minutes. Might inbox the owners of some big groups and try and negotiate a price per post for advertising.

    Starting up your own T-Shirt biz is pretty easy and cheap,
    I spent £200 on a vinyl cutter
    & £200 on a heat press
    Then a few accessories like blades for weeding the designs ect.... thats all you need.

    Then obviously you have to invest in stock of T-shirts, and T-shirts vinyl (the stuff that is cut and printed onto the T-shirts)

    The T-Shirt stock is the expensive part, because for each colour t-shirt you need to stock S,M,L,XL,XXL,XXXL

    At the moment I am working with 3 colours, but as the bank balance rises I am adding more colours. I try to keep minimal stock because I work from home, I have a good supplier who offers next day delivery on all orders over £30 so if I ever have an order and I am out of stock, then I can get it the next day.

    You need to know a bit about vector graphics also, I use corel draw & adobe illustrator to design.

    I might write a in depth guide to starting your own T-shirt printing business & sell it as an eBook soon.
     
  7. businessbira

    businessbira Power Member

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    That would be cool, seriously.

    I was wondering: can't you just send your designs and orders to some company in China and then let them print and ship the goods to the buyer's address? Does something like this exist?

    I once knew a guy who used to sell custom/weird choppers in the US, and he was doing something like that.
     
  8. zach1888

    zach1888 Newbie

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    Their are sites like spread shirt/zazzle/cafe press ect which lets you upload your own designs and have your own store, then you get a commission on each sale. They do all the work (making and dispatching the t-shirt ect) but you wont make much money unless you are selling huge amounts as the commission is pretty low.

    Once you have the equipment to produce the tees, then their is good money to made on-line & offline, I make the majority of my money offline at the moment. Small businesses wanting custom tees/polo's, groups of people going on holiday want custom funny tees to wear on the plane. I need to do a lot more advertising though.
     
  9. tubeincreaser

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    You can use Zazzle or Spreadshirt, as long as the designs aren't copyrighted. I did this for a while until they caught on I was using sports logos and stuff. But you can get a way for a little while.
     
  10. jacklee15

    jacklee15 Newbie

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    Hey,

    You can post your website in Classified Directory, and then you get more traffic through search engine,

    Thanks,
    Jack,
    vistaprint.co.nz