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Are print only printing services the best option for you?

Gavin Drake on in Garment Printing Blog

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One of the most popular questions we receive here at Garment Printing is "can I supply my own garments?". In short, the answer to this question is yes, you can. However, what many people don't understand are the benefits you receive from allowing us to provide you with both the printing services and the garments. Allowing us to supply both, heavily outweighs the advantages of purchasing the garments from elsewhere and then supplying them to us for us to then print on them before returning them back to you.

The most notable misconception is, that by supplying and sending the garments to us, you somehow save a lot of money because this will work out cheaper than buying the garments and the printing services from us at the same time. However, this is incorrect.

It's also believed that we may not stock the particular garment you're looking for because you can't see it available on our website. Again, this is incorrect. While our catalogue is full of products, we don't list everything that we're able to print on our website.

Above are just two reasons why it's thought that it's better to buy your garments separately. Below, I'm going to list just a few more reasons for why the advantages of buying the garments from us outweigh you having to purchase the garments yourself elsewhere and then contacting us for our print-only service.

Our Suppliers Offer Great Rates That You Also Benefit From:

T-Shirt Printing Prices

As mentioned above, sometimes you may be looking for a specific product but you're unable to locate it on our website. This can lead you to think that we're not able to stock the particular product you want and therefore think your only option is to source it elsewhere and then return to us to get it printed. The truth is that we work with many major garment suppliers across the UK and Europe, meaning that we order thousands of T-Shirts every day from each supplier for our customers. This entitles us to receive exceptional trade rates from our suppliers, which we then pass on to you, the client. The fact that we're able to provide these discounts to you means that you save more money allowing us to provide you with both the garments and the printing.

We also operate a unique price break system, which means the more you order, the higher your discount will be. Our price breaks start from as little as 10 T-Shirts and it ensures that you always receive the best value for your money when you order from us.

We Solve Any Issue That May Arise:

Quality T-Shirt Printing

One of our core values is that we always supply our customers with quality products. As a result of this, we operate a very strict quality control system which ensures that every garment is thoroughly checked when it arrives before we print on it. If a garment arrives and it has a fault, such as a small hole or a dirty mark, the garment will be rejected and returned to the supplier, who will provide us with a replacement imediately. This means that, even if there is a fault with the product, we're still able to meet every deadline that you have and we can ensure that your printed garments arrive when you need them.

On the other hand, if you provide us with the garments and there is a fault, we have to then contact you to inform you that the garment is faulty. The downside of this is that if you purchased the garment from another supplier, we're unable to negotiate a replacement for the garment on your behalf and we can offer no guarantees that the replacement will be with us the same or the next day. This can create long delays meaning that the deadlines are much harder to keep.

Also, printing isn't a perfect science and there are issues that can arise where the T-Shirt gets damaged during the printing process. If the garments are supplied by us then we will replace them under our 100% satisfaction guarantee. However, if the garment isn't supplied by us then we're unable to provide a replacement and we can only offer a refund of £5 per garment. Although we do offer a refund for the garments, it doesn't help if you need your printing done by a specific time to meet a deadline.

Save On Courier Charges:

 Express T-Shirt Printing

We operate from print offices that are located around the UK. Unfortunately, the only locations where we can offer the print only service is at our offices in Charlton, South East London and Northampton. Unfortunately, this means that our clients often have to arrange for a courier to deliver the garments to us, which itself can create problems.

As you're dispatching the garments to us, we're unable to offer any protection in case deliveries go missing or if they arrive to us having been damaged during transit. This would mean you having to contact the courier and arrange for a refund. It would then mean having to source the garments again to ensure that your printing needs could be fulfilled. However, if you order the garments through us, we can ensure that the garments are delivered to the nearest printing location to you and we'd be able to resolve any issues such as lost or damaged parcels quickly and efficiently..

Another advantage of us supplying the garments to you is that you're only paying one delivery charge - the cost of delivery to you. If you were to supply us with the garments yourself then you would be responsible for paying the cost of delivery to our printing location and then the additional cost of us returning the items back to you once they've been printed on. This additional cost will increase the overall cost of your order which can then remove any potential savings that you may have had purchasing the garments separately. By having us provide you with the garments, it ensures that you'll only be paying one delivery charge and it keeps the cost of your order low by ensuring that you'll never have to pay more than once for delivery.

We Can Guarantee The Print Quality:

T-Shirts for Printing

Although it may appear so, not every garment is printable and sometimes we require a specific mixture of materials to ensure that the print quality will turn out as expected. We carefully select all of the garments that we work with to not only ensure their quality but also to ensure that they're 100% printable. This not only ensures that you're receiving the best quality clothing, but it also means that we're able to offer the highest quality printing service to ensure that all of the printing you require is done exactly how you imagined it.

Unfortunately, this means that if we're provided with a garment that isn't printable, it could lead to issues such as damage to the garment during the printing process or it could mean a poor print quality. While we do offer a refund for damage that occurs during the process - we're unable to offer a refund for poor print quality that's a result of the garment provided to us. This is why it's better to trust in us, the printing experts, as we'll not only recommend the best printing technique to suit your design and your needs, we'll also provide you with the best quality garments for the job as well.


While it's understandable to think that buying the garments separately can save you money, unfortunately, in the long run, this just isn't the case. When you're looking to get printing work done on a budget, it's important to factor in every variable, which includes the cost of the garment, the printing, the delivery and also the expense that can occur if things go wrong.

One expense that is often overlooked and unaccounted for is time. At Garment Printing, our aim is to take all of the stress out of printing so once you contact us to get a quote for your printing needs, we'll provide free visual mockups, suggest the printing technique and we'll also recommend the best garment to suit your needs. If things go wrong with your order, you're covered by our 100% satisfaction guarantee which ensures that we'll either offer a full reprint or a refund for the order, depending on your needs. The benefit of having this guarantee and the savings you'll make from ordering everything from us at the same place ensures that you'll get the best quality service and price when you order from us.

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