How to Purchase T-Shirts at Wholesale Prices

Written by christy admiraal
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Whether you're printing jerseys for your husband's softball team, customising T-shirts for a family reunion or simply stocking your closet with plain white tees, buying shirts wholesale is a simple process that anyone with a computer and a charge card can accomplish.

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Things you need

  • Credit card and/or PayPal account

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    Where to Go

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    Search for the best wholesale T-shirt bargains online using search engines such as Google or bing. As with many products, T-shirt bargains are better on the Internet. Three popular wholesalers are American Apparel, Gildan and Jones T-shirts.

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    Visit a warehouse location not far from where you're at if you prefer. Some of America's favourite T-shirt sellers, such as American Apparel and Gildan, have warehouse locations. Online orders also are made easy on both companies' sites.

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    Research wholesalers that ship all over the world if you plan to send T-shirts internationally.

    How Many?

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    Determine how many T-shirts you want to purchase in order to find the best bargains. Wholesale deals often come in a predetermined quantity: American Apparel usually offers between 84 and 144 shirts per case. Jones T-shirts sells their shirts in blocks of 1, 12, 36 or 72. Gildan is a bit more lenient, allowing customers to determine a specific amount of shirts and pay per item.

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    Think about what fabric you are looking for. Cotton T-shirts or 50/50 are the most popular choices.

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    Consider the style you want: Fitted, cap sleeved, traditional, long or short sleeved are some options.

    How Much?

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    Figure out what wholesaler delivers the best product for your budget. Jones and Gildan offer the same product at similar prices -- as of August 2009, each T-shirt was typically £1.90 or less before shipping. Both wholesalers charge a set price per shirt. American Apparel is a name brand and charges more per shirt than either of the other companies.

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    Consider the level of quality you're looking for in a T-shirt and consider your budget when determining the T-shirt you will purchase.

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    Weigh the pros and cons for each wholesaler before determining which one to order from. Although American Apparel's quality and variety might be better, it is a slight improvement, and if budget concerns you at all you might prefer to go with Jones or Gildan. There also are myriad other wholesalers online.

    Placing an Order

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    Log on to the wholesaler's site after you have determined how many shirts you're looking for, what style you desire and which wholesaler you've settled on.

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    Join the site as a wholesaler before making your purchase; all this takes is registering yourself with a user name, e-mail address and your order information. This is often required.

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    Receive your account approval and information from the site, log in, find what you're looking for and order your merchandise.

Tips and warnings

  • If you have any questions about your order, call the company rather than e-mailing a request for help. Even if you're on hold for a few minutes, it's better to talk with a customer service rep than write to a phantom address. Also, confirm shipping costs before placing the order.
  • Colours won't always look how they appear on screen, so make sure your estimation of what the shirt will look like suits those who will be wearing it.

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