Common Misconceptions: Screen Printers Carry Stock

I just started doing some articles for Threadbird.com about common misconceptions about screen printing, so make sure to keep checking out Threadbird’s Blog and of course if you need screen printing look no further.

In this series of articles, I am going to attempt to uncover some of the most common misconceptions that customers have about screen printing. Hopefully through these articles the world of screen printing will make more sense to you and lift the veil of mystery behind how your t-shirts actually get made.

The first misconception that customers have about screen printers is that they actually stock t-shirts on their shelves. A few years ago, when I was getting shirts printed for my band, I just assumed that the screen printer had all the t-shirts on hand. Working at Threadbird has shown me that many people have the same assumption.
So lets talk a bit about the reasons, positives and negatives, why most screen printing companies don’t carry stock themselves.

Reason #1

Too many brands, styles and colors.

Let’s use our most popular selling t-shirt, the American Apparel 2001 unisex tee, as an example. The AA 2001 alone (not including the AA 2001 Organic) comes in almost 60 different colors and 7 different sizes! Take a moment to envision how much warehouse space would be required to stock that inventory. Now multiply those numbers out over the 30+ styles of standard crew neck t-shirts that Threadbird offers…

Reason #2

Manufacturers, wholesalers and shipping times.

There are wholesalers out there that specialize in buying stock directly from manufacturers. These companies warehouse and ship stock to screen printers within a matter of days! They have the warehouse space, buying power and shipping power and play a vital step in the success of getting your t-shirts to us, allowing us our to concentrate on our specialty, screen printing.

Reason #3

Money, money, money…

Most importantly, not stocking inventory allows us to keep costs down and keep customers happy.

Does ordering stock slow down the process?
The entire screen printing process (normally) takes around two weeks to complete and getting stock only takes a matter of days which really never effects the customer. The only times there might be an issue are if a customer changes their mind on what stock they want after an order is placed or suppliers (occasionally) run out of certain sizes or colors. Having stock run out is not very common, but can happen from time to time. In the event that certain stock does run out, Threadbird is excellent at finding you a comparable option.

How will I know if I like the feel and fit?

Threadbird will gladly order sample blanks for you so that you know exactly how the shirt will feel, fit and look. Never hesitate to ask your Threadbird rep if you have questions on blanks or if you really want a hands on approach have them order you some blanks and compare for yourself!
We hope this helps! Stay tuned for the next installment of Common Misconceptions…

Cheers,
Adam Hendle
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@iamthetrend


  • great article! I love this theme, keep them coming! This will answer many questions to a newcomer wanting to get tees printed.

  • great article! I love this theme, keep them coming! This will answer many questions to a newcomer wanting to get tees printed.

  • Thanks a lot Colus.  I am going to try and do a couple articles on screen printing every month for the Threadbird Blog.  Which then i will eventually port over to IATT.  

  • Thanks a lot Colus.  I am going to try and do a couple articles on screen printing every month for the Threadbird Blog.  Which then i will eventually port over to IATT.  

  • I love the idea that the goods and screens are on the cart together! Of course the way my guys clean screens I could never lay them on top of the shirts like that without an ink stain or two.