How to Pick a Customized T Shirt Printing Company
Thinking about getting some customized t shirt printing in the Philippines? Well, the good news is, a lot of companies now exist offering this service in the country. Custom-printed shirts have become popular of late as personalized gift ideas in the Philippines. This means that you can choose from a multitude of options in order to really maximize the value of your peso.
There’s a flip side to this, though: you may well find yourself mired down by the sheer number of possibilities. Having a lot of options available can confuse some people, particularly when they’re not sure of how to go about getting what they want. To help you with that, here are some guidelines that can narrow down your search for the best customized shirt printer your money can get you.
Always the First Step: Clarify what you need in the first place.
This really should be a no-brainer. Where most people run into problems with this part is that they get stuck with a broad idea—that is, they have a general idea of what they want but leave the details for later. The fact is that you should iron out as many of the details of your concept beforehand, since these details are often things that influence your prerequisites in a printer.
Let us say you know you want to get X number of shirts printed of a particular design, for example. Which printers are capable of producing the quantity you want in the time you want them? Also, how do you want that design printed? The answer here will narrow down your choices by letting you scratch off printers incapable of meeting your requirements. Examples of other important questions to ask would be the following:
1. Is the design you want to get printed very intricate? Only the best printers can deliver on highly complex designs, as they should be able to prove from their previous work.
2. Is the shirt printing style/layout unusual? An example of an unusual layout would be all-over prints (ones that feature a print design that runs from a shirt’s front/back to around the sides or even the collar). Not all printers have the ability to do these, so you need to ask.
3. Is there a specialty ink you want to use? Glow-in-the-dark inks are specialty inks, for instance, and not all printers offer them.
4. Do you have a deadline for the shirts? Some printers are capable of following deadlines and some even offer rush ordering.
Consider costs and value.
Other questions to ask relate to your budget, of course. You should know how much you are willing to spend on each shirt and set a reasonable ceiling where you think a printer’s bid is already out of consideration. If you are not sure how to go about this, it helps to do a quick canvass of the bigger printers on your list first to see how they price similar products.
Always keep in mind, though, that certain factors can drive up your price. Want higher-quality clothing? You usually have to pay more for it. Want a specialty ink for the design? That would likely cost more too. More sophisticated/lasting printing techniques mean higher costs too.
The upside to this is that you generally get more for your money in the long run, even if the shirts seem like a costlier investment than they could be. This depends on your use for them, of course.
If you are just having shirts made that can be discarded or forgotten after the event for which they were made, this might not be important to you. On the other hand, if you were getting shirts associated with some sort of lasting sentimental value—think family custom shirts for a reunion, for example—spending more might be wiser.
Compare each printer’s base materials or rules on them.
Many printers nowadays offer their own selections of base materials, from shirts to inks. For example, for apparel, we carry a selection of unbranded shirts in different styles as well as Gildan shirts for our clientele. Other printers may carry other brands, from Hanes to Fruit of the Loom.
With printers carrying base materials, customers just choose from what the printer has available for their designs. While this means you can skip the task of looking for these yourself, it also means you are often limited to just these options per printer.
Unless the printers you are considering allow special material requests (a fair number do, so please ask first if you need this), you can narrow down your choices by just looking at the ones that offer the base materials you want.
Compare expertise and referrals.
Naturally, this is something you should do when comparing your printer options. Talk to prior customers and get referrals for the printers and choose only those with the best feedback. In lieu of (or in addition to) this, you can also request printers to supply samples of their work so that you can see if it is of the quality you require. You can also test them at this point to see how well their communication with clients works—you want people you can trust and talk to.
Just add on any other needs you might have when evaluating your prospects, of course. If you need graphics assistance, for example, some printers offer it. If you want delivery instead of pickup, some printers offer that too. All of these guidelines should help you find the best options for your customized t shirt printing in the Philippines. Just go through them systematically and you should find your list of options manageably short while looking for printers to do the job.