I am often asked where is the best place to buy wholesale shirts. There are a couple of reasons why this is a question you have to answer for yourself.
First of all, I couldn’t possibly give away all my sources for buying wholesale shirts. That would be detrimental to my business and the industry as a whole. If everyone knew where to get the best deals on tee shirts, we would have wicked price wars for the labor alone. Many screen printers would just end up working for barely any profit.
Another reason is that as you do business with any given shirt supplier and your purchases grow, your pricing should be adjusted to match the volume you are doing. That is to say a screen printer who buys 1000 shirts a year is paying more per shirt than a screen printer who is purchasing 100,000 shirts each year. So pricing can be dependant on your purchase volume. For some of you who are very small, this may not be as much of an issue. You would just need to start with the best price on small quantities.
In order to get the best pricing on small quantities, you will not only need to find the vendor with the best pricing but you will need to find the best priced vendor who is closest to you. The reason for that is shipping costs.
I purchase my shirts from a local vendor and I pick up my orders. That way I do not pay any shipping. Because I do not pay for shipping on my shirt orders, I can be assured that I am actually getting a decent price even if some online shirt vendors sell for a bit less but charge shipping.