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T-Shirt types – choose the right one

T-shirt types

The design printed on the t-shirt is the most important, but the t-shirt type (also known as style) is also very important.

So, what t-shirt types exist? And how to choose the best for your business?

This theme is long and technical, but we’ll try to simplify it as much as possible, giving only the information you need.

When looking at a t-shirt, there are 3 aspects to consider

  1. Sleeve
  2. Neck
  3. Body

So let’s take a look at each of these, in detail.

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What are the most popular t-shirt colors

popular t-shirt colors

Do you need to create a t-shirt collection and don’t know what colors customers are looking for? Or do you want to order t-shirts, and want to know which colors sells the most?

I will give you the answer. And I’ll also tell you how many different colors you need.

But first, you need to understand that top-selling colors depend on fashion trends. Sometimes red is fashionable, sometimes it’s gray, or any other color.

But fortunately, there are several colors that are always on top of the best-selling, regardless of fashion trends.

In our stores, we sell thousands of t-shirts a month, and our audience is essentially tourists, which means they are customers from all over the world, so sales reflect the general tastes. Therefore, our top sales by color certainly represent the world average.

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Advantages and disadvantages of each t-shirt printing method.

So, you want to start a t-shirt business and don’t know which printing method is the best?

In this article I’ll show you the main printing methods, and advantages and disadvantages.

There are 5 main printing methods to print the design you want, on the t-shirt (or sweat-shirt, or whatever):

  • direct screen print
  • DTG
  • digital transfers
  • vinyl cut transfers
  • screen printed heat transfers
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Anyone can have a successful retail business

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What is a successful retail business?

Opening a store (online or physical) is a dream for many people. It has many advantages:

  • If successful, it’s easy to scale. This means high growth of sales.
  • Interesting, because you deal with consumers (people not companies).
  • Most retail businesses don’t require technical knowledge.

Retail has always been one of the easiest ways to become very rich. Over the last centuries, many millionaires earned their money in retail. For example, Sam Walton, and Jeff Bezos.

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How to buy blank t-shirts

If you want to buy blank t-shirts (without any print on it) you have two options.

1 – Buying ready made blank t-shirts

Originally the market for blank t-shirts was targeted to merchandising and advertising companies.

These companies bought t-shirts with their logo on to give away in contests, music festivals and others. As the t-shirts were not for sale, the only item really important was price.

These t-shirts were very cheap (less than $1), but the quality was very bad.

Even thought, some designers started using theses t-shirts for screen printing  their designs and selling them. Continue reading How to buy blank t-shirts

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How to create your own t-shirts at home

Is it possible to create your own t-shirts at home?

If you mean, manufacturing the t-shirt, It’s difficult. 

But I guess what you want to know is: Can I print t-shirts at home?

And the answer is yes.

Making t-shirts at home is a process. And for this process, you need 3 things:

  • A design
  • The t-shirt
  • To print the t-shirt

The most difficult part is printing the t-shirt.

And there are 4 main ways to print t-shirts. Continue reading How to create your own t-shirts at home

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Ideas for t-shirt packaging

pizza box for t-shirts

Once, I ordered a t-shirt just to see how the packaging was.

I was searching for an original packaging, so I though “Let’s see what the others are doing”, so I ordered a t-shirt.

It was a famous brand and t-shirts were not cheap (around $35). If you live in Europe you may know the brand – Superdry.

I was expecting something amazing. And then, order arrived.

It was a plastic bag. Not promising much. “Maybe inside there’s a wonderful package”.

No, it wasn’t. T-shirt was packaged in a clear plastic bag. You can find lot’s of fake Superdry t-shirts in chinese web sites. I am sure these fake sellers have better packages than the real brand. Worse is impossible.

And, by the way, no card, thanking for my purchase. No coupon. Just instructions on how to return merchandise.

Your t-shirt packaging design matters.

T-shirt customers love design and they’ll be disappointed if you don’t have an original package.

Luckily for you, t-shirts have roughly the same format, which means you’ll only need one kind of package.

If you’re selling on-line and intend to send your t-shirts with only one package, then the package should be strong enough to resist mail transportation and delivery. Continue reading Ideas for t-shirt packaging

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Is it possible to start a t-shirt business with only a t-shirt printer (DTG)?

If you’re new to the t-shirt business, you probably have already thought: Wouldn’t it be nice to have a t-shirt printer. A printer that would work as a common inkjet printer. But instead of paper we would put a t-shirt instead.

The good news is that this kind of printers already exist. They are called DTG printers. And DTG means Direct To Garment.

The way this printer works is much like a paper printer. In reality, most of them are based on paper printers. Continue reading Is it possible to start a t-shirt business with only a t-shirt printer (DTG)?

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Brick and mortar vs online store

online or brick and mortar t-shirt store

Which is better: online or brick and mortar stores?

Of course there is not a unique answer. Both, online and brick and mortar t-shirt stores, are good businesses. No doubt about that.

The answer is in your goals, conditions and on what you like to do.

Let’s take a look at theses aspects and see what is best for you. Continue reading Brick and mortar vs online store