Why Do Most T-Shirt Print Companies Refuse To Print On My Own Shirts That I Bought Somewhere Else?
This is a common question for us here at Melbourne T Shirt Printing. Give me just a few minutes of your time and I'll explain why.
FABRIC TYPE IS REALLY IMPORTANT
If garments are not made with 100% cotton yarn then the print quality can be affected. That's because the inks used in modern digital, garment printers are made specifically to work best on 100% cotton.
Cheaper T shirts are often made with Open ended cotton yarn. It's really soft and comfy ...... but it just doesn't print so well. That's because the ink sinks into the fibres and then the prints look dull.
The better quality T shirts are made with Ring-Spun cotton yarn. The fibres in ring spun yarn are first straightened and then twisted into finer, stronger yarns, which produce a better quality fabric that prints really well with bright white and colours.
GARMENT COST & AVAILABILITY
Most T Shirt Printing Services invest a lot of time and money sourcing and testing products and suppliers to find the best quality and service. Of course they make a little more money when you buy a shirt from them, but that's certainly not the main reason. Really - it's not!
You see, if it was just about profit then they could just charge more for printing to make up the difference.
The real reason is that there are just too many problems that can and do happen when they print on garments that they have not used before.
WHO PAYS WHEN GARMENTS GET DAMAGED
Even the very best print shops on the planet will have the odd, slighlty damaged garment during production. It can't be avoided and when it happens on one of their own garments then they simply replace it. It costs you nothing and it doesn't hold up your order.
On the other hand if they take a chance and print onto your garments then there is a possibility of one or more of the following :
1. Reduced print quality
2. A mis-print or damaged garment
3. You having to buy another garment at normal retail price
4. The possibility that your order won't be completed in time
Even if all of this has been carefully explained to you before the job was accepted, you'll still be disappointed.
No sensible T Shirt Print shop owner will want to take that chance of you being unhappy with their work and a possible negative post on social media that could hurt their business even more.