When it comes to printing, we want to be efficient and use resources wisely, just like doing laundry. (You wouldn't want to run the washer for just one t-shirt.) That's why we have minimum order quantities to cover the costs and materials incurred in printing your job. However, we strive to be fair with our minimums and base them on the extent of the job.
For DTG orders, we don't require a minimum quantity as they don't need the same amount of set up as screen printing jobs. This means we can even run single samples. However, screen printing requires more preparation, such as color separations, printing films, burning screens, mixing inks, etc. As a result, we require a certain quantity based on the number of screens needed for your design.
Most shops aim to limit the amount of time presses are not running to meet their profit goals, so they stick to high minimum order quantities. At Print Renegades, we can lower our minimums for certain jobs and still operate within an acceptable range. For instance, a 1-color screenprint only requires a minimum of 10 pieces because it can be done by hand. On the other hand, a screen printing order with 7 or 8 colors is best printed on an automatic press and requires a minimum of 50 pieces.
One common misconception is that we can use the same screen to print on different garments, but that's not always the case. Each garment needs to be loaded onto the press differently and require different screens, depending on where the print is going. So, for a 1-color design, you need to meet a 10-piece minimum for each type of garment.
Additionally, when printing a multi-colored design on multiple colored garments, the print sequence may need to be organized differently, or additional colors or screens may be required to recreate the same image. This affects the costs and minimum order requirements. For example, if we need to print on black t-shirts, we may require a white base and not print black ink. However, if we need to print the same graphic on white tees as well, we may require different printing sequences and additional colors or screens, affecting the minimum order requirement.
We're always happy to discuss your project in person, on the phone or via email to find the best way to meet your goals without going over budget.