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Wholesale shirts

Discussion in 'Printwear' started by ICeMAnAbk, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. ICeMAnAbk

    ICeMAnAbk Member

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    Hello,

    Recently, an old friend contacted me about getting her some t shirts for her hairdresser class. So, it got me back into checking out wholesale blank t shirts. I'm looking for Gildan (of course). However, I remember paying a heck of a lot less a few years ago for shirts then what I've been findig lately. Anyone have any wholesalers they'd suggest? Doing my price shopping. Not looking for second rate / irregulars or cut tags.


    btw, has the price of blank apparel gone up that much in the last few years?!
     
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  2. showcase 66

    showcase 66 Very Active Member

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    Prices have gone up. I use Alpha Alphashirt.com You get better prices if you call in. At least I have in the past.
     
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  4. amw

    amw Member

    +1 we use them also.

    Marsha
     
  5. jim wood

    jim wood New Member

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    I use SanMAR. Good Prices and free shipping.
     
  6. 2B

    2B Moderator

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    free S/H how?
    Based on QTY or long time customer? our last couple of orders have not been free S/H
     
  7. Air Art Girl

    Air Art Girl Very Active Member

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    I use SanMar mostly. Free shipping at $200. But, their warehouse is close enough to go pickup for me.

    Cotton has gone up in price if it's been awhile since you bought shirts.
     
  8. WildWestDesigns

    WildWestDesigns Major Contributor

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    +1 here, but I also get a trade discount as well through one of my trade groups. Due to people now going to more of the performance fabric type of shirts (at least with my experience anyway), I have found a very good selection from them.
     
  9. OlsonSigns601

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    There are so many T-Shirt suppliers, it wouldn't make any sense to use a supplier on the east coast if you are on the west coast.

    Finding a good supplier close enough for 1 day ship and good inventory stocks is essential.

    I use SS Activewear. May not be the cheapest price but its cheaper that others I've looked at, but they have tons of inventory, 1 day ship, free shipping with $150+ orders and I have it next day if I put my order in before 4pm.
     
  10. TheSnowman

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    I get them from S&S Activewear. I haven't ever really shopped around cause I don't do a ton of this stuff, but when I do, they always have what I'm looking for, so I have just always worked with them. Website is very user friendly.
     
  11. ICeMAnAbk

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    Whoa! lot of replies. Thanks for the input everyone. I was price shopping myself online, and kept seeing black Ts for roughly 3 a piece. Maybe I'm just imagining things but I think in 07 I was paying around 1.50 each.

    Ya Olson, I do plan on trying to find the best bargin, but also reasonably close.

    Guess it's time to start researching. Thanks again all.
     
  12. OlsonSigns601

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    If it helps you.

    My S&S Costs:
    Gilden 2000 - 100% Cotton
    White - $1.49
    Black - $2.29

    Gilden 8000 - 50/50
    White - $1.55
    Black - $2.19
     
  13. amw

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  14. binki

    binki Very Active Member

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    Cotton prices went from about 40c a pound to over $2 at one point. It has come back down but the prices are still higher than 2 years ago.

    A combination of a bad economy, bad forecasting by the mills, a major earthquake in Haiti that shut one mill down and hording by the growers sent prices up on the shirts by 10% a month 4 months in a row.

    Since prices went up so much with raw cotton the planting at the end of last year was up 20% and has helped bring prices back down.

    There was a time when we couldn't get black T's for about 6 weeks because of bad forecasting on wholesale sales.

    But, finding a white shirt for a buck-twenty wholesale hasn't been seen since then.

    Hope this helps your understanding of what happened to the price.
     
  15. 401Graphics

    401Graphics Very Active Member

    Yes
    NES, Alpha, and Broder Bros
     
  16. slipperyfrog

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    Same here. Love their service out of CA from their sister company Americana.
     
  17. ICeMAnAbk

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    Thanks for the info. I thought my head was going to spin off when I kept seen 3 a shirt hah. Explains a lot though with Haiti's situation.
     
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