Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-14-2007   #1
Charc in = charc out
ToddG's Avatar
Seattle, Washington
Paddling Since: 1992
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 475
Need your input MBuzz

ok, so i have 2 designs that i want to have printed on t-shirts. the designs are unique & aesthetically tasteful -- i work for a creative agency after all, so i think they'd look good on a t-shirt.

anyway, my main question is on pricing. i'm pretty committed to using organic cotton blanks, which obviously drives the price up considerably. (( until OG becomes the standard on the supply side, until the infrastructure exists to support OG, & until wholesalers really adopt OG product, it will be at price premium compared to conventional cotton))

obviously creating screens for 2+ colors drives up price. for many colors, you gotta go digital, which is spendy. for a short-run, you can easily end up with landed costs that are in the normal *retail* range.

so my question -- what price or price range would you guys pay for a limited-edition, unique design printed on a short-sleeve organic cotton blank?


what price is your absolute cut-off?

is supporting organic important enough to you that you'd pay a little extra?

thanks amigos.

ToddG is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2007   #2
IkayakNboard's Avatar
, Colorado
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 169
I wouldn't pay more than $25 for a T-shirt, and it would have to be a pretty sweet T for me to spend that much...but I'm a cheap (and broke) bastard. I have never taken into consideration whether or not the cotton is organic, since I don't eat the shirt, but I haven't read anything on the pro's of organic cotton either.

IkayakNboard is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2007   #3
Carbondale, Colorado
Paddling Since: 94
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 68

Want to go step further? OC is kind of like Free Trade... it can be BS and counterproductive.
mattyb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2007   #4
JCKeck1's Avatar
Seattle, Washington
Paddling Since: 1999
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 1,471
Send a message via AIM to JCKeck1
TG - maybe check out a long sleeve shirt. The cost may not be much different, but I for one would be willing to spend a little more on it. Plus I wear them more. I'd say $25 is the very top for me too.
JCKeck1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2007   #5
Golden, Colorado
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 831
I'm probably behind the times because the last time I bought an item of clothing that wasn't a dry-top or surf trunks or something like that was probably about ten years ago... but I would not go over $20 for a tshirt.

For less than $15 I'd buy one, no problem. For $20 it would have to have a Slayer logo or something that made me fall in love with it.
Ture is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2007   #6
RealitySheriff's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 60
$25 is the max that I would even consider and it isn't likely that I would pay that much unless the cause and design was really Kick A$$. Call me cheap but most of the tshirts I own were free promo style.
RealitySheriff is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2007   #7
BastrdSonOfElvis's Avatar
Thought-criminal, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 989
6 foot twenty fucking killin for fun..

what up ToddG..nice avatar.

When I look at a potential T purchase, it's a combo of sweet shit on the front, thin-ness of the T (thinner the better), and cut (don't want it too baggy)

the most I've ever paid is $30 for my "Ski Iraq" shirt. the bomb.

I refused to pay $40 (including S$H) for a "Jackie Treehorn Presents" T that I could only find online from the UK and wanted real bad. in the end, couldn't pull the trigger.

as far as orgo cotton, can't say as it matters that much. maybe it should, but like homeboy said "I ain eatin it".

Opponents of ToddG and Washington beware...he's coming he's coming he's coming!
I hope in the future Americans are thought of as a warlike, vicious people, because I bet a lot of high schools would pick "Americans" as their mascot. -Jack Handy
BastrdSonOfElvis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2007   #8
COUNT's Avatar
Summit, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1996
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 2,085
Send a message via AIM to COUNT
10 for an okay shirt. 20 for a totally awesome shirt. 25 might be pushing it but if was a really sick shirt and you were pushing the fact that it OC, I might go for it.

"The world would be a better place if everyone kayaked."-Brad Ludden (Valhalla)
"You only get one chance to run a drop blind."-DD
COUNT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2007   #9
paddlebizzle's Avatar
Local, Colorado
Join Date: Oct 2003
Posts: 344
Send a message via AIM to paddlebizzle
as far as orgo cotton, can't say as it matters that much. maybe it should, but like homeboy said "I ain eatin it".
BSOE - I hope Yvon Chouinard doesn't browse through the buzz. . .

I'd pay $15 if it was normal cotton, and pay $20 for organic, because it is a good thing.

Keck's smart too - Long Sleeve definitely doesn't suck. If it doesn't cost much more to make, I'd pay $25.
paddlebizzle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-14-2007   #10
raftus's Avatar
Boulder, Colorado
Paddling Since: 2000
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 1,128
Shirt Prices

$20 is the upper limit and $10-14 is the mostly likely range.

What I really want are T-shirts made out of wicking material with anti-stink built in. I have enough cotton t-shirts and most of my "tech" shirts stink horribly after one wearing. I would be more likely to pay $25-$35 for a stink resistant wicking t-shirt than $15 for a regular shirt.

It would be cool if you posted your designs here so we know what you are looking at.

Unsolicited advice (feel free to ignore or mock with witty comments): I work at a publishing house and we do "fashion" covers on our books - so one book (a day planner) with 6 different professionally designed covers goes to market each year. We usually start out with 30+ designs and then use market research to pick the winners and get weighted numbers of each cover to retail (1500 of cover A, 1300 of Cover B, 700 of Cover C, etc.). It only takes about 2-3 afternoons to get the data and process it - but it saves us every year from picking designs that we like but that fail to market well to our target audience.

Personally I would get at least 40 people to rate each design and t-shirt color choices on day one. Day two I would put the designs on the favorite color backgrounds from day 1 and get both subjective ratings for each (rate on a scale of 1-10) and comparative ratings (If you were to buy one design/shirt color combo which would it be?) and then take those combos to press weighted to the survey results. Or simply do a first run with the top overall choice in the right distribution of sizes and see how it sells. IMHO

raftus is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Input on Digital Software Force Kayaking | Gear Talk 2 02-21-2007 10:55 AM
New Boater needs input Whiskey Bent Kayaking | Gear Talk 5 05-25-2006 02:16 PM
new boater needs input Whiskey Bent Whitewater Kayaking 1 05-16-2006 10:13 PM
need input rasdoggy Whitewater Kayaking 3 04-28-2005 10:56 PM
Input for the Breckenridge Park nate love Whitewater Kayaking 1 03-16-2004 12:45 PM

» Classified Ads
Pyranha Burn 3 Medium

posted by Rendezvous River Sports


*!* Pyranha S6 200 with...

posted by MaxwellSilverKayak

Pyranha S6 200 playboat for sale. Great for larger...

Jackson Rock Star(Medium)

posted by Paddling Life

Brand new 2016 Jackson Kayak Rock Star

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:10 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.