Price Indicators for Each Product

April 29th, 2008

One of the most frequently asked questions that we receive at You Design It is about our pricing. When we get this question in phone calls, we usually have to ask a series of questions to arrive at the price. That is because the exact price is based on several factors such as the product selected, the number of pieces being ordered, and the number of ink colors in the design. Naturally we don’t mind going through this with our customers and assisting them in any way that we can. However, what we find in many cases is that the customer isn’t looking for an exact price so much as they are looking for a good starting point in estimating their cost. That is where our price indicators for each product become very important.

When you are in the beginning stages of making a purchase for custom t-shirts, you may already know some of the general information about your order, but still be working toward nailing down the specifics. For instance, you may know that you are on a tight budget and if so, you would of course want to look for the most economical t-shirt to start with. On the flip side, you may be looking for a premium T-shirt and you may not mind paying a little more for it.

With these types of situations in mind, we have created a pricing key, or pricing indicators. When you are looking at the product pages to choose your item, these pricing indicators will appear as small icons next to the product. You will see varying numbers of dollar signs and these various dollar signs will give you a relative price estimate for each item. Here is how the indicators work:

  • $ = Most Affordable
  • $$ = Standard
  • $$$ = Premium

Here is a snapshot from the site of where you can find the pricing indicators next to the products:

Pricing Indicators

Thus you can see that the Jerzees 50/50 tee is considered one of the most affordable tees while the American Apparel tee is considered one of the most premium. That will help you pick your product accordingly and give you a relative idea of what you can afford based on your budget. Remember, however, that this is only one factor. The quantity being ordered and the number of ink colors in the design will also heavily impact your price. The main thing to keep in mind is that two identical designs and order quantities will always be less expensive on an affordable tee, versus a standard tee, versus a premium tee. Keep this information in mind and you are well on your way to making the wisest selection for your purchase!

Helping keep you informed on how the pricing works is one of the best ways that we can keep you happy with knowing you are getting the best price. Our transparency becomes much more apparent when you see that we aren’t hiding the pricing, that we just can’t give you a proper price until we have all the factors involved. You can rest assured you will get the best price once we have that information.

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Custom T-Shirts Shipped Free

April 23rd, 2008

One of the most commonly asked questions by customers after they receive a price quote from us is, “how much is shipping?” That is certainly a very logical question to ask and we can understand why they might be concerned about shipping fees since very often with other companies these can really add up and throw a whole project out of budget. However, the good news is that here at You Design It we offer free shipping on all of our orders!

There are no exclusions to that either. We will ship anywhere in the US with free shipping. This even includes Alaska and Hawaii. In addition to offering our customers free shipping we also do our best to ship out within as short a period of time as possible. Our average turnaround time is much less than the industry standard and very often we can even exceed our own estimated shipping time and get the orders out a few days earlier.

For our customers who are in a rush we also offer rush shipping options. It is of course unavoidable that these do cost extra since they require extra cost on our end. Often we have to ship out in a more expensive expedited way to meet the time frame and in any case the order will require more immediate, specialized attention. We are very happy to provide this service for our customers and though we do often have to charge for rushes we will always do them for the lowest price possible and in some cases depending on the circumstances involved we can even waive the rush fees completely.

Since we are internet based our physical location really doesn’t matter because we want your business bad enough that we will do whatever it takes to get the order. With that said we have been seeing quite a few orders in the Texas area recently. Here are a few locations that we have sent orders out to in fewer than 10 days recently to Houston, Dallas and Austin.

Rest assured though that Texans only make up one valued customer demographic. We appreciate our customers from coast to coast. What is more we happily ship free from coast to coast. So call today for a price quote and rest assured that the price you will be given will include everything with free shipping!

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How to Price Custom T-Shirts

April 17th, 2008

One of the main concerns that we receive from customers is regarding how much their order is going to cost. People often have a lot of confusion and misconceptions over how the pricing works, but it is actually quite simple. It really comes down to three fundamental things:

  1. What kind of printed t-shirts are you looking for?
  2. How many?
  3. How many ink colors will be printed on the front and how many printed on the back?

To go into more detail, the first question is just asking what you want your design printed on. Will you be getting regular, crewneck t-shirts? Did you have a specific brand shirt in mind? Are you getting a different type of garment like a long sleeve t-shirt, hoodie, hat, or polo? Naturally the product makes a big difference in the price because that essentially provides the base of the cost. Naturally an item like a zip up hoodie is going to be a lot more expensive than a short sleeve t-shirt because the blank item itself costs us much more to order from our vendors.

The next pricing factor is also very self-explanatory. The quantity of pieces in the order makes a very big difference in the price. That is because it is much more cost effective per piece for us to do a large order of the same design than a small one. There are many set up costs and unavoidable materials on our end that go into getting an order ready for production and even though our prices are all inclusive and we do not charge any set up fees, we still have to keep this information in mind when setting prices. Naturally the more shirts or other items in the order the more pieces these initial costs on our end can be divided among. By the same token, as most people understand once everything is set up and rolling it is much more efficient and time effective on our part to do an order of, for example 100 t-shirts on a single design than it is to do 10 t-shirts each for 10 separate designs.

The third factor deals direction with the heart of screen printing: the screens. Each ink color in each print location will require a separate screen. The more screens necessary to print the order the more expensive the order will be. This relates directly with the cost of materials, labor, and time involved in doing each different screen. We are certainly happy to do designs that use several screens for you, and it is definitely no trouble at all for us; however, the cost in labor and materials is unavoidable.

We hope that this information has cleared up any confusion you may have about how the prices work. Remember if you are armed with these three pieces of information you can always call in for a price quote by phone, or email us for one. If you are doing your design online in the design studio then all you have to do is click on our real time price calculator and enter your total quantity for it to give you an accurate price quote based on the design and product that you have chosen. If you are using our online price calculator just remember to enter in the full estimated quantity and to also do so after you have created your design rather than before since both factors can influence the price.

If you have any further questions or concerns please feel free to call us. We are always happy to talk with our customers directly by phone. And don’t worry…you’re not buying used cars, so we don’t pressure you!

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Reason #1- We Are Cheaper Than Local Screen Printing

April 17th, 2008

We have a daily pickup at the t-shirt wholesalers warehouse which cuts out shipping one way. The other shipping of custom t-shirts to you from us, we give to you for free. This is like having our own inventory of 300,000 square feet of custom hats, t-shirts, and much more. A lot of local screen printing shops will “forget to mention” at purchase time that you will be billed the freight in the end to get the tshirts shipped to them. So even if you are picking up, YOU ARE STILL PAYING FOR SHIPPING WITH LOCAL T-SHIRT SCREEN PRINTERS.

These types of savings can go a really long way when factoring in a total price for the job needed. Shipping prices can cost as much as $60 for ground shipping on just 100 shirts. This depends on where they are coming from and where they need to go and how much travel they do in between. That is almost adding up to $1 per shirt sold. A lot of times when you’re getting competitive pricing these types of things are failed to be mentioned in the beginning. They tack it on the invoice at the end and just act like it was something you are expected to pay. This could be a big surprise if you weren’t ready for it.

That is why we offer free shipping and complete transparency from beginning to end. We don’t try to trick you into ordering with us and would rather offer a higher per shirt price but make it clear that it is all inclusive. No gimmicks, no tricks. Other shops, including local, will give you a price that is low per shirt but then add in a lot of other costs when it is time to invoice after the shirts are printed. Not only are you saving with free shipping with us but you are also saving artwork fees by doing the designing yourself. That doesn’t even include the amount of time you save by having everything finished at the time you hit Place Order and allowing us to print immediately and ship out in a few business days.

We work on our processes and systems daily and try to improve everything down to the smallest details. We take all of the guesswork out of it and offer you the lowest possible price by not having much overhead. As our purchasing volume increases and our prices get better on the vendor side, we share those savings with you to make our jobs affordable and budget friendly.

We believe these are types of things that you should come to expect from your printer and not have to ask for. We know that if we trick you the 1st time that you are not going to come back to us. It only matters to us if you become a repeat customer. That is where our money is made and our hearts are fulfilled.

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Custom Youth T-Shirts in a Variety of Sizes

April 10th, 2008

One question that we often receive from customers is whether or not we have any youth sized t-shirts available and if so where are they on our site. The good news is that we absolutely do have youth t-shirts available. If they are available in the particular t-shirt style and brand that you are interested in – and most styles and brands that we list on our site do have youth options – then they will be listed in the sizes available for that shirt with a Y in front of them. For example if the t-shirt comes in youth sizes then when you open the size box you will see a YS, YM, or YL for sizes youth small, youth medium, or youth large respectively.

There are a few additional considerations to keep in mind when ordering youth t-shirts however. For example while most of our t-shirt styles and brands come in youth sizes not all of them do. We do have a few shirts on our site which are only offered in youth. By the same token the availability of colors in youth sizes isn’t typically as plentiful as it is in the adult colors. For instance a t-shirt brand may offer the common colors in youth sizes, but not make the more uncommon speciality colors in youth, instead choosing to only offer these less common colors in adult.

However, rest assured that we want to help you get the shirt you need in the size you need. While we of course have no control over what the various brands choose to offer we can usually help you find an alternative. Usually a similar brand or color t-shirt can be found that is offered in youth sizes. Even in cases where no similar t-shirt can be found in youth sizes, if you are okay with substituting a more basic style and color for those youth sizes then we are always happy to accommodate that request.

One final thing to keep in mind when doing youth sizes is that since screen printing uses the same screens on all the shirts the print size will need to be the same on all the shirts. That means that if you are doing a variety of shirt sizes from youth all the way up to bigger adult sizes that it is important to pick a print size that will be appropriate for all of the shirts. Rest assured that we can help you with this task and we can also let you know your various options if you are having trouble finding youth sizes in the specific shirt that you have in mind. Just give us a call or send us an email and we will be happy to help!

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Upload Your Artwork to You Design It

April 4th, 2008

We very frequently get questions from customers who want to know if they can upload their own logo or other artwork for use on their custom printed t-shirts. This is especially common when we are dealing with a company, business, or institution that is well-established and so of course has their own logo. Naturally for the sake of consistent branding they want to use that same logo on all of their items. Another common type of customer who wishes to do this is someone who is involved in the design or artistic community. Very often the whole reason they are getting t-shirts is so that they can showcase their design.

We understand and appreciate both types of customers and we are very happy to be able to offer the service of printing your own custom artwork that you upload to us. In fact we are so happy and willing to do this that there is no additional fee for this service whatsoever. We do not charge an art fee and the t-shirts themselves will still be priced exactly the same as if the logo or design had been created in our online design studio.

Either way you will need to fill out the upload form so that we will have the information that we need to give you an accurate price quote based on your design. The main additional information that we need, besides the image itself of course, is the quantity and the type of t-shirt or other item that you would be printing on. These factors heavily impact the price and it is impossible to get you an accurate price quote without them.

Remember that while we gladly accept outside artwork, and while there is no additional fee or extra charge, there are a few things you should be aware of. For example we are not able to print photographs, either in black and white or in color. We also can’t print images with color gradients or shading. The reason that we are not able to print these types of images is that we print using the screen printing method and since each color represents a particular screen, images with thousands of colors and shading are not able to be printed.

Along those same lines it is thus important to keep the number of ink colors in mind for pricing reasons as well. The more ink colors in your logo the more expensive it will be. This can be a very important consideration to keep in mind if you or your graphic artist is currently working on your logo and are faced with the decision of how many ink colors to use in it. In general the fewer ink colors used the less expensive it will be to get it printed.

The great thing about being able to upload your own artwork is that this option is open to all of our customers. In this post we have discussed companies or graphic artists using this feature; however, it is really for everyone! Anyone who is in the design studio and decides that they want to use a piece of clipart that they do not see there is welcome to looking for one on their own, or use one they already have, and just upload it to us. This is just one more service You Design It is proud to offer to customers.

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