[QUOTE=txh2oman;140729]True re: Hanes; Hanes, Gildan and Fruit-of-the-Loom are all made in Central America (Honduras, Guatemala or El Salvador – at least they’re not made in China).
The only men’s t-shirt brand produced in the U.S. is American Apparel, and it is about twice the price for the blank t-shirt as, say, the Gildan standard-weight. For women, both Bella and ALO shirts are made in the USA. Here’s a complete list of sourcing for the Spreadshirt platform: http://www.spreadshirt.com/-C3532
That said, printing and production all occurs in the U.S. – either Greensburg, Pa., or Henderson, Nevada.
In the spirit of transparency, here’s how the pricing works: blank t-shirt (Gildan standard-weight: $6.95, American Apparel standard t-shirt:$14.20) + direct print fee ($4.50 per image, which is why we’ve left off doing images on both front and back for now) + design commission (usually $5 to the designer, who may have spent 20 hours or more creating or fine-tuning the image) + shop commission ($4 or $5, but sometimes only $1 if we feel like the price is getting too high).
So, for a Gildan shirt: $17-$20, for an American Apparel shirt: $24-$30.
If you really feel strongly about “Made in America,” but don’t see the design you like offered on an American Apparel t-shirt, you can always send a message via the Facebook page and we’ll throw that option up there. If you have an idea you’d like to see on a t-shirt, and it fits the general nautical/workboat theme, same thing, and we can get you the shirt at cost.
This is still cheaper than most CustomInk, Zazzle, CafePress or Etsy options, and the quality of the shirts and the printing is really pretty darned good. The only way we could fairly make it less expensive is to buy the blank shirts in bulk and do our own screen printing and fulfillment, and since I’m usually on a boat 28 days at a time, that doesn’t work so well. Maybe down the road, though.
Anyway, that’s the deal. I feel like I’ve abused John’s kind permission to post the freebie advertorial at this point, so I’ll just shut up. But do check out what we have, and if you want something different, or slightly different, let us know. Cheers.[/QUOTE]
Some nice designs there tx, your time is valuable also, I will look to order from you in the near future. Good job.