Thanks so much for the input....you can imagine how alone I feel in this and I`m glad to get any comments and feedback. I have a lot of knowledge, but not a lot of hands-on experience with this part.
My former companies had whole departments handling such things. All I did was design the graphics and later on, I learned how to market it.
Now, having to set it all up myself is so daunting. It is ALL about overseeing the garment and screen print details. I have decided to go with my middle-man, but as you say...I will keep my eye on the samples that will ship back and forth. He has convinced me they can do it. I need product by November for 2 shows, one in December and then in January! Yowza!
After my overseas research in China and the Philippines just this summer, I figured out what you have cautioned about here. I`m excited at the possibilities, but have my reservations.
The quality control is just so difficult to manage...you really have to stay on top of things. Seeing some manufacturing facilities (really, converted garages and old warehouses) with my very own eyes...was a wake-up call, even though I have heard a full range of stories, not all bad. They are just set up much different, labor is so cheap, their equipment, if they have it, is not state-of-the-art...and for this reason...the cost is less.
I am pushing through, but I remain open to doing business in my area NY/NJ, or even out-of-state.
Any screen printers out there please let me know.
One question for you, Ron, if you`re inclined.
Do you buy your tees "already made" from a US wholesaler or do you have all your garments (t-shirts) made in the USA as well? This must really add to the cost.
Are they made overseas to your co. specs. and screen printed here in the USA?
That`s a lot of questions....sorry.
I commend you for getting quality products on time to your clients...when I see quality work from overseas...I can appreciate all the logistics that probably transpired to get it here.
Thanks Again for your advice,
rodrigo2128/8/2008 5:28 PM