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Postby Tmoyer » Sat Nov 21, 2015 5:02 pm

I am starting an apparel company and am trying to decide whether to print in-house or get tees, etc from a company who does this only. Barring things like experience, what the amount of orders will be and other variables, I am wondering what the cost per color is on a t if I subbed it out. I know there are set-up and screen fees as well but really just wondering cost per color per t.

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Re: Pricing

Postby Catspit Productions » Mon Nov 30, 2015 4:38 pm

The cost per color on a shirt if you subbed it out would depend on the pricing for the contract printer you are working with. You would have to break down specific pricing to get those numbers. There are no set standards in the industry for pricing. If you want to figure out how much it would be to print them yourself then you could look at this thread:


OR this one:


Basically I think you need to look at the mark up. What is the going rate for any particular job in your area retail? Then consider the cost of subbing it out and what the percentage of the markup is. Follow? So if the contract printer has a price you can work with and mark up making enough money for yourself then it's a good thing. If you feel the mark up is too low for the work you're putting into the job then you may want to consider printing in house. BUT there is a major learning curve to screen printing and you will not be able to print everything right away and even after you get rolling you may have to sub out a few jobs until you reach the experience level you need to satisfy your customer base.

If you're just getting your feet wet and seeing about this whole garment industry then try subbing out first. Then start printing the smaller jobs yourself working your way up to printing it all in house.

There is a reason why screen printing costs what it does even though we can see a great degree of variation in pricing. It's a good amount of labor especially if you do not have all your ducks in a row.
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