Iron-On Transfers are Expensive

In considering future ways to grow what I hope will become the Emptyeye Empire, one of the things I will eventually do is offer t-shirts with some design on them for sale (Vague, I know). One potential plan was to use iron-on transfers for this, with the goals of 1. Keeping costs down, and 2. Actually using this as a selling point, pointing out that I would personally iron the designs onto the shirts myself (Which would no doubt amuse pretty much everyone I know, since I try my hardest to avoid ironing my own clothes in just about all circumstances). You know, make me seem human as opposed to some cold, calculating robot on the other side of your monitor.

I got to look at the prices for iron-on transfers at Target…and quickly decided to come up with a new plan. Suffice to say that, unless I can get iron-on transfers at a huge discount for buying them in bulk like I could with the shirts themselves, I’m better off just wandering to the T-Shirt place not far from my house and paying a bit extra to have them professionally done. I knew transfers were expensive–I didn’t think they’d be over $2.00/transfer expensive for dark t-shirts, though.


    • James on April 17, 2008 at 11:24 am

    Doesn’t Cafepress offer a sort of “print on demand” for T-shirts? Iron on transfers look cheap too, so I’d avoid them. If you silkscreen 20-40 shirts, you can get a good deal, relatively speaking–

    • Anonymous on April 19, 2008 at 8:08 pm

    I’d recommend screen printing them by hand. It’s super easy and not even very expensive.

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