Printing merch isn’t too easy, especially when you sell clothing for women. It’s not like you just contact your printer and send designs, it requires some level of attention and meticulousness. This is because there are many things to consider and of course, you’d want to sell merch that are really badass–shirts that fit perfectly, have soft fabric and sharp print. To make sure your women’s t-shirts and clothing would come out great, here are some things you should ask your on-demand t-shirt printer:
What types of shirts are available?
Knowing the available shirts offered by your on-demand t-shirt printing company is the first step. It would be better to have a manufacturer that has various types of shirts available since different types of shirts are used for different kinds of designs and events.
There are many different types of shirts. To name some, there is the standard short-sleeved shirt, then we have the long-sleeved one, the three-fourth sleeved one, and the polo shirts with the collars. There is also the sleeveless type of shirt and for women, there are subtypes of this shirt type. It has the simple sleeveless one with the shirt having no sleeves, then the racerback type with the shirt having no sleeves and a T-shaped back along the shoulders. Then we have the tank tops, with its low neck cut with different strap widths.
If you’re a metal band, you’d definitely want to print your logo on some loose sleeveless shirts for women. If you’re bubblegum pop, maybe you’d consider printing on some spaghetti straps and cute tank tops.
Are there other clothing items to print on?
We all know the more, the merrier is true but especially when it comes to women’s clothing! In addition, not all women may not be in the mood for shirts. Offering different clothing items would bring in a wider range of potential customers to when you just sell t-shirts.
There are so many options available! There are hoodies, which is a crowd favorite because it’s so comfy to wear. Leggings are also a thing since it can be paired with anything.
Oversized shirts, fit tank tops, flowy blouses, and even dresses! You may even ask if they print on swimwear because why not. You can also ask your printer if they can print on sneakers since women are also very in love with shoes. Who doesn’t want shoes with the logo of their favorite band?
The point is, don’t just think of shirts as your go-to merch item. The options are endless!
What are the sizes available for each shirt type and clothing item?
This is a must, especially since customers will surely ask for available sizes. It would be better to have the standard sizes, extra small (XS), small (S), medium (M), large (L), extra large (XL) for t-shirts, hoodies, leggings, shorts, sweatpants, and swimwear. If they have all of this, then ask for the different measurements for the different dimensions of the shirt. This will greatly help you have lesser order returns due to wrong size and will greatly help your customers accurately choose the right size for them. It would also be better if you ask your manufacturer if they have larger shirts size since there are women that may surpass the XL size. This way, you will have an addition into your potential customers.
What are the realistic turnaround times?
If it’s DTG printing, t-shirts would surely have the same turnaround times (around 2-5 days) regardless of the type of shirt you ordered.
The other clothing items, however, may have different turnaround times. Asking for the different turnaround times for each clothing item would help you in informing your customers on how many days they would be waiting for their ordered items.
But take note that there are other factors that can affect turn times like courrier, availability of garments, etc. It’s a good idea to ask them directly about these things to ensure smoother workflow.
Would there be any hidden fees?
No one loves surprises. This is a good question to ask because some manufacturers charge fees on orders even with the slightest of tweaks. A change in the font or the sharpening of your design would cost you so if you ask them beforehand, you won’t be shocked with the money they charge you with. You may even have a say in the changes they will make since you will be the one paying for the change they would be making. However, some manufacturers do not charge fees on things like this, still there are some, so it would be better to ask.
Is there a specific care for the shirts or other clothing items I will order?
Manufacturers have different kinds of garments they use for a certain type of clothing. It would be best to know if there is a specific care needed for the shirts or other clothing items so you can also inform your customers. Also, digital printing is still susceptible to wear and tear so it would be best to ask your manufacturer what to do best to preserve the print on the item. You can then ask your manufacturer to print a “garment care” card that they can include in the shirt orders.