Whether it’s your first time to have professional custom band merch made or you’ve been making shirts since the beginning of time, it’s a good idea to have your band shirts made online. Most of us still prefer the old-fashioned way…of visiting actual stores to give instructions to the printers because we’re too scared something would go wrong with our t-shirt order. We want everything to be 100% correct. We do not want any flaw on custom band shirts (like spelling errors, god forbid) because once we pay these t-shirt printers, it would be too hard to get our money back if we’re not satisfied with our order.
BUT…it’s time to relax a little and consider ordering shirts online. It’s not risky at all as long as you do your research in finding a reliable t-shirt printing company. You must also make smart steps like asking for a sample, letting their design team do a pre-press review to ensure you get exactly the shirts you need, completely error-free.
Here are some of the legit reasons why you should order shirts online:
YOU DON’T HAVE TO TRAVEL
Now this might seem “meh” because gas just costs a couple of dollars. But you see, it’s not just the gas, it’s your time and your energy which could have been spent elsewhere. Instead of spending an hour or two going to the office, you can just order your t-shirts online in 15 minutes and spend your time with your family. And oh, since it’s lockdown season, you really do not have a choice on this matter for the time being. But it’s good to know that even if you can’t go out to order your tees, you can still have them made.
LESS IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENT
Since you won’t be going to the office, then you won’t be adding carbon emission to the environment. Imagine if everyone would do this. The world would thank you for making it a better place in your own little way.
YOU DON’T HAVE TO LEAVE YOUR HOUSE
Stepping out of the house still requires effort, even for the most laid back girls and boys. You need to put on your decent clothes, your make-up, and leave what you’re doing…and just to go to a t-shirt print shop when you can absolutely do this while you’re in your PJs.
ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS UPLOAD FILES AND WAIT
Now this is what we all secretly want in any type of transaction, right? We all want our t-shirt and custom band merch orders to be really easy and smooth but still 100% the product we want in the end. Well, with a good t-shirt company, there’s no need to worry. Everything can be done online!
HERE ARE SOME WAYS YOU CAN ENSURE YOUR ONLINE T-SHIRT ORDER WOULD BE 100% LIKE YOU WENT TO THE OFFICE:
MONITOR YOUR ORDER
Most t-shirt printing companies have a portal wherein you can see the progress of your order. Are they still checking the artwork or are they already shipping to you the sample printed shirt? You can easily see these updates in real time. If the t-shirt printing company you chose, however, doesn’t have this type of portal, most of them have e-mail, phone, and chat support.
REQUEST TO HAVE PRINT SAMPLES DELIVERED
The only way to really find out if your custom band merch and shirts are awesome or not is to get a hold of a sample printed tee. Check the colors, check the shirt quality, check the ink, wash it even…you have to know how the final t-shirt would look like before you say yes to printing thousands of them. Skipping this step could potentially lead to disaster.
ORDER A FEW AT A TIME
If you’re paranoid that you’ll receive 5,000 shirts that are badly printed, then choose a company that has no minimum order and try a few shirts at a time. Don’t worry too much about the added cost of short-run orders, what’s more important now is that you manage the risk. Try 50-100 first, even after you saw the printed sample.
If you need a custom band merch or custom t-shirts printed and delivered to you with excellent quality, get a quote now.
James Hill is a veteran of the music industry. He first worked at Warner Reprise Records then later joined Interscope/ Geffen Records where he managed producers and songwriters and got his first platinum record for Keyshia Cole’s The Way It Is. He is now helping indie artists with branding and manufacturing through his company Unified Manufacturing, a CD/DVD/vinyl and merch company in LA.