Local print shops have been around for decades. They are a great option if you need just a few shirts or if you need them quickly.

The digital revolution impacted nearly every industry, and the t-shirt printing market was no exception. Today, t-shirt printing online is a viable option for brands that want to manufacture custom apparel to sell, give to their employees, or use for marketing purposes.

At Scrappy Apparel, we are proud to be a 100% online apparel manufacturing solution. That means you can order your custom t-shirts from the comfort of your own home or office.

Like any method, online apparel printing has its pros and cons. Today, we’re going to share 10 things you should know about t-shirt printing online and how it compares to the capabilities of a local print shop.

1. Online Custom Apparel Solutions Offer Convenience Like Never Before

Thanks to technology, you can order your t-shirts from your desk, couch, or even while you’re on the go. You no longer have to take time out of your day to drive to a local print shop and hope that they can accommodate your order.

Now, we have to commend local print shops for the personalized service they can offer their customers. There are certain situations in which a face-to-face conversation is preferable. But if you’re looking for convenience, an online t-shirt printing company is the way to go.

P.S. We’d also like to mention that the custom apparel experts on our team are available to answer your questions via phone or email. We’re available Monday through Friday 10:00am- 5:00pm to answer general questions.

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When you choose Scrappy Apparel, you’ll get the same personalized service you’d get from the print shop down the street. Our team will answer all your questions and guide you through the ordering process from start to finish.

2. You Have Complete Flexibility With Online T-Shirt Printing

With an online t-shirt printing company, you can place your order from anywhere in the world. Whether you’re in New York or Los Angeles, you can get high-quality custom apparel without leaving your desk. All you need is an internet connection.

At Scrappy Apparel, we serve all kinds of brands. Some of our partners have warehouses in locations that aren’t close to where they live. Since they work with us, they can get their garments delivered to their warehouses without any hassle.

If you’re in the USA and need custom apparel, we guarantee more flexibility than any local print shop.

3. Online T-Shirt Manufacturers Give You More Options For Printing Techniques

When you visit a local print shop, they may only offer one method of printing. That isn’t true of all shops, of course. However, you can’t compare the capabilities of a local print shop to an established online apparel printing company.

For example, we have partnerships with factories around the world that allow us to offer a variety of printing methods. We vet our partners to ensure they have incredible quality standards and cutting-edge equipment in their facilities.

When we founded Scrappy Apparel, our owners pressed each shirt one by one. We respect the hustle of local print shops because we remember the days when we were just starting out. But as our company grew, we quickly realized that we needed to scale our production capabilities to meet customer demand.

Today, we can handle large-scale orders with ease thanks to our state-of-the-art printing machines. We are proud to offer a range of printing methods, including:

We also have private labeling and additional cut-and-sew capabilities, which means we can create custom apparel from scratch.

Not sure which printing method is best for your project? Our team can help you choose the perfect solution based on your goals.

4. T-Shirt Printing Companies Offer A Wider Range of Apparel

When you walk into a local print shop, they may specialize in t-shirts. That’s great if all you need is a small batch of custom shirts. But what if you want to branch out and explore other garments?

An online t-shirt printing company gives you the ability to order a wider range of apparel, including:

  • Tank tops
  • Short-sleeved t-shirts
  • Long-sleeved t-shirts
  • Polos
  • Hoodies
  • Sweatshirts

…and more!

Online t-shirt printing companies also offer a better selection of fabrics. For example, Scrappy Apparel offers screen printing on the softest cotton in the world, Pima cotton.

Materials will make or break your custom apparel. After all, what’s the point of ordering t-shirts in bulk if they’re going to be scratchy and uncomfortable? With a reputable online t-shirt printing partner, you can rest assured that you’re ordering high-quality garments made with the best materials.

We recommend ordering samples from a few different online t-shirt printing companies before you make a decision. That way, you can compare the quality of the garments side by side.

5. Online T-Shirt Printing is More Scalable

If you’re working with a local print shop, they may not be able to accommodate a large order. That’s understandable since they have physical limitations in their production process.

Online t-shirt printing companies don’t have the same constraints because they can rely on resources from around the world. That’s why it’s easier to scale your order when you’re working with a custom apparel partner like Scrappy Apparel.

We can manufacture thousands of garments quickly. And if you need more than that, we can scale up even further. We have the capability to fulfill colossal orders while still maintaining our high quality standards.

Of course, we understand that not every customer needs thousands of t-shirts. But if you have an apparel brand that you want to scale to infinity and beyond, we can help you make that happen.

Please note: we do have minimum order quantities (MOQs) for each of our services. Sublimation printing has a lower MOQ than screen printing, so keep that in mind when planning your project.

If you have any questions about which printing technique is best for your needs, reach out to our team and we’ll be happy to help.

6. T-Shirt Printing Online Can Be More Affordable

Local print shops have many expenses, such as rent, utilities, and labor. These expenses are often passed down to the customer in the form of higher prices.

Online t-shirt printing companies have overhead costs, too. However, the difference is that online solutions can scale up or down much more easily than local print shops. This scalability leads to more affordable prices for the customer.

At Scrappy Apparel, we’re proud to offer some of the most competitive prices in the industry. We understand that every penny counts when you’re starting a t-shirt business. That’s why we offer price breaks for higher quantities of garments.

7. Online T-Shirt Printing Companies Often Have More Accurate Turnaround Times

While local print shops are more likely to struggle with bandwidth, online t-shirt printing companies have the luxury of relying on multiple resources to produce garments.

This gives them more control over their production process and ultimately leads to shorter turnaround times.

At Scrappy Apparel, we pride ourselves on our quick turnaround times. No more waiting 10 years for your order to arrive. And we always ship for free to your doorstep, so you don’t have to worry about hidden fees.

We understand that when you’re starting a t-shirt business, time is of the essence. That’s why we do everything in our power to get your garments to you as soon as possible.

8. T-Shirt Printing Online Is More Efficient

Printing shirts locally can be a time-consuming process. (And we’re guessing you don’t have any time to waste!)

You have to find the right print shop, schedule a time to drop off your garments, and then wait for the finished product. Then, you might even have to visit the print shop again to pick up boxes of t-shirts when your order is ready.

When you choose an online t-shirt printing company like Scrappy Apparel, the process is much more streamlined. We make it easy to submit your design, select your garments, and get your order shipped right to your door.

9. An Online Solution Like Scrappy Apparel Operates as a True Manufacturing Partner

Local print shops are self-explanatory. They print t-shirts. (And some of them are amazing at it, too!)

But if you’re looking for a long-term manufacturing partner to help you grow your brand, an online solution is a better option.

Scrappy Apparel is a true manufacturing partner. We don’t just print your garments and call it a day. We work with you every step of the way to ensure that you’re happy with your order.

To ensure the satisfaction of our customers, we developed our proprietary Brand Building Process (BBP). The BBP is the process our Scrappy Sales Reps will guide you through after you request your quote.

Here’s how it works:

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Get Your Quote

Once you submit your project through our “Get Your Quote” process, you will receive a detailed estimate within 24 business hours.

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Connect with your Scrappy Sales Rep

Once you receive your quote, you will be connected to a Scrappy sales rep to finalize your project details.

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Approve Your Pre-Production Layout(s)

After payment, you will receive pre-production layouts to confirm your print size, location, private labeling, etc.

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Sit Back And Relax

After approval, your order will be scheduled for production. Ground shipping is FREE to your doorstep… early, on time, never late!

When you work with Scrappy Apparel, you’re collaborating with a company that cares about your success. We want to help you manufacture luxury-level garments that will delight your customers every time. We’ll do whatever it takes to make sure your apparel turns out perfect.

10. Online Solutions Offer More Design Options

Like we mentioned, online t-shirt printing companies have access to resources that local print shops do not. Therefore, customers that choose an online manufacturer will likely have more design and customization options for their apparel.

In addition to the core services we listed earlier, we can provide specialty screen printing services. Here are some of the options you have as our customer:

  • Foil printing
  • Liquid gold and silver inks
  • Glow in the dark inks
  • Puff printing
  • Reflective printing
  • Burnout printing

Custom apparel shouldn’t be cookie-cutter. It should be unique, just like your brand. When you work with Scrappy Apparel, we’ll help you create garments that will make your brand stand out from the rest.

It’s Time to Choose Scrappy Apparel as Your T-Shirt Manufacturing Partner!

Now that you know all about the benefits of t-shirt printing online, it’s time to take the next step and choose Scrappy Apparel as your manufacturing partner.

We’re confident you won’t find a better combination of quality, customer service, and price anywhere else. We’ll help you bring your vision to life when you work with us.

To get started, all you have to do is click the button below to request your free quote. We’ll review your design and get back to you with a price, the estimated delivery date, and all the details you’ll need to make a decision.

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