Is anyone is currently using T-shirt fulfillment services and how is your T-shirt experience?
I am launching a store that specialises in the latest season's anime T-shirts and apparel. I have tried one T-shirt fulfillment service so far, but the result was a unsatisfactory plastic feeling on the prints. The prints also allows some of background color of the shirt (black) to peek through.
I have seen some T-shirts (especially those made by Anajet printers), that have a better print quality without a plastic feeling over the prints. It will be good if the fulfillment company also offers other products such as mousepads, as I am planning to expand into other products after launching. Any recommendations?
Picture of my test print: http://puu.sh/2yzeA
Picture of my T-shirt mockup: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0216/3182/products/download_1_1024x1024.jpeg?1458
Is there also anything I have to keep in mind while working with artists to design the artwork? Does cell CG or soft CG coloring style affects the printing process?
Thanks for sharing your experience and feedback.
I can suggest using Printful.
Printful has Shopify integration, so you can connect your store without having to program anything. Then all of your orders are automatically pushed to Printful, and are printed and shipped without any extra work.
Printful filfils not only t-shirts, but also hoodies, tanks, posters, mugs, canvas prints, and are constantly updating the offered products. You can check out the quality specs if you're interested.
Whatever you do, do not go through Shirts.io. They seem legit, but they are far from it. Poor customer service and communication. Their fulfillment system has tons of bugs, and they would put the wrong addresses on tracking information all the time. When I addressed these and several other issues with the company they dropped me as a client. This company is not helpful in any way, I strongly suggest to stay away. I am already much happier with Printful and Merchify. They are much better solutions, and have excellent customer support.
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I have used Teelaunch for my shirts and not only is the quality better than traditional screen/silk printing I've used in the past but the turn around time for shipment was great. Used them once and willl only do my printing through them!