Minimum Order Quantities

Just like when doing laundry, you don't want to run the washer for just one sock. You want to be as efficient about using the resources necessary to run a full wash cycle.

For us, minimum order quantities are similar. By establishing minimum order quantities, we ensure we are covering all the costs and materials incurred in printing your job. With that being said, we do our best to be fair about those minimums. We based the minimum order quantity on the extent of the job. DTG orders don't require the same amount of set up as a screen printing job, so we don't have a minimum order quantity for DTG and can run single samples that way. Screen printing, requires much more artwork preparation, printing films, burning screens, mixing inks, etc so we have to ensure you are ordering at least a certain amount based on the number of screens necessary to print your design.

Most shops need to keep their machines operating at a certain pace to make sure they are meeting or exceeding their profit goals, therefore do their best to limit the amount of time the presses are not running my sticking to high minimum order quantities. At Print Renegades, we find that we can lower our minimums for certain jobs and still be operating within an acceptable range.

For example, a 1-color screenprint can be done by hand and require an order minimum of 10 pcs. In contrast, a screen printing order with 7 or 8 colors would be best printed on an automatic press and require a minimum order of 50 pieces.

Now, a common misconception is that once your graphic is burned to a screen, we can use that screen to print on a variety of garments. That's not necessarily true. Just because you order 5 t-shirts and 5 sweatpants to print the same graphic on, both need to be loaded onto the press differently and require the screens to be burned based on where the print is going. So you would not meet the order minimum for a 1 color design. You would need to meet a 10 pc order minimum for each type of garment.

Another caveat would be when printing a multi-colored design on multiple colored garments. A multi-colored graphic may need to be printed differently on different colored garments. For example, if you are printing on black t-shirts, we may require a white base and would not print black ink. But if you need to print the same graphic on white tees as well, we may need to organize the print sequence in a different way or require additional colors or screens to recreate the same image. All of this will affect the costs as well as the minimum order requirements.