Why Won't My Local T Shirt Print Company, Print On Shirts That I Bought Somewhere Else?
This is a really common question for our staff here at Melbourne T Shirt Printing. So, give me just a few minutes of your time and I'll explain why the majority of T Shirt Printing services won't accept orders for printing on garments that they have not supplied from their own stock.
FABRIC TYPE - IT'S REALLY IMPORTANT
If garments are not made with 100% cotton yarn then the print quality will often be reduced. 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 which is soft and comfy ...... but it doesn't print well. The ink just sinks into the fibres so 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. They make 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.
Every print shop on the planet will have the odd damaged garment during production (We do). That can't be avoided. If they damage one of their own garments then they simply replace it from their stock. It costs you nothing and it doesn't hold up your order.
On the other hand if they risk printing onto your garments then there is the real possibility of :
1. Reduced or even poor print quality
2. A mis-print or damaged garment that they can't replace
3. You having to buy another garment at normal retail price
4. The possibility that your order won't be completed in time
The end result is that you will be unhappy. Even if all of this has been carefully explained to you before the job was accepted, you'll still be unhappy.
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.