T-Shirts: Keep Costs Down Without Compromising Quality

UE T-shirts

By Steven Morse

You don't have to break the bank to make a great t-shirt. Just stick to a few basic principles, have a desirable design, and make smart choices. We recommend that you: 

  • Limit designs to one or two colors
  • Choose blue shirts, which offer the best visual contrast when paired with the UC Davis brand colors. White t-shirts also keep costs down.
  • Leverage the UC Davis Brand.

Price Comparison:

High-Priced t-shirt: 3 colors, 3 design placements (front, back, sleeve) on an upper-mid priced shirt

  • Bella Canvas Navy T-Shirts, Qty 100 @ $8.50 each =$850
  • 3 x three color design placements, 9 screens @ $10 each = $90
  • Film Charge: 3 x three color design placements, 9 screens @ $10 each = $90
  • 3 underbase charges (one per placement) @ $10 each = $30
  • Three placement print charge, total cost $1.80 each x 300 = $540
  • Grand Total: $1600 + Tax

Cost per shirt = $16.00

Suggested Specs: 1 color, 1 design placement on mid-priced, soft cotton tee

  • 100 District (Bella Cavas's sister company) Navy T-Shirts @ $6.50 each =$650
  • 1 single-color design placement, 1 screens @ $10 each = $10
  • Film Charge: 1 single-color design placements, 1 screen  @ $10 each = $10
  • 1 underbase charge @ $10 each = $10
  • 100x 1 one color design placements= $180
  • Grand Total: $860 + Tax

Cost per unit = $8.6

Total Savings: $760