How To Buy Custom Band Merch T-Shirts

25th Apr 2019

Custom T-Shirts are a key component in your bands’ branding and marketing efforts. By selling your branded T-Shirts at your shows, your effectively turning your fans into walking billboards, advertising your music wherever they go.

In this article, we’ll walk you through the key questions to determine your T-shirt needs:

  • Amount of T-Shirts You Need
  • Amount of Colors In Your Shirt Design
  • The Sizes of Your Tees
  • The Print Locations On The Shirts

How Many Shirts Do You Need?

The largest factor in deciding the cost of your shirts or apparel is the quantity. It’s a simple numbers game: the more you buy, the lower the cost per shirt. That’s why quantity is is biggest factor in the price of your shirts. We encourage our customers to take the long view and buy for the future. Your goal is get millions of Spotify streams, so go big! You’ll save a lot of budget on your T-Shirts by buying in bulk.

How Many Colors Are In Your Design?

T-Shirts are printed using screens; each color get its own screen. So if your logo has one color, you’ll save us a lot of labor, which means your cost goes down. Pretty simple stuff. We love printing high color designs too - we can print up to 8 colors using our standard printing method. While solid colors typically cost less, if your T-Shirt art is a photographic image we can handle it just fine. You can usually drop your logo onto a shirt and just print that - simple is smart. Photographic art needs to be custom quoted, drop us a line anytime and we’ll get you a fantastic quote today.

What Size T-Shirts Do You Need?

Not all shirts are created equal. Here’s how the prices of the sizes shakes out:

  • Adult Tees:
  • Small
  • Medium
  • Large
  • XL

These are all typically the same price - regardless of the mix sizes you choose. For example, a 100 shirt order of 50 Smalls and 50 Large shirts costs the same as 100 Large shirts.

XL, 2XL, 3XL and 4XL all cost more - the larger the shirt, the greater cost. It’s just like buying a burger, the huge ones cost more because meat ain’t free. Well, almost the same idea.

Are You Printing On Two Sides Or One?

Getting back to our spectacular burger analogy, double the meat costs more than a standard burger. If you need printing on both sides of your T-shirt, it will count as double the amount of colors. But you also get the double the branding, so this is certainly an important consideration for your band.

Let us know if you have any more questions, or design your shirts online today and we’ll get the shirts rolling!