Contract Screen Printing

This is for brokers or screen printing companies who purchase their own blank goods in bulk and then send those goods to us to decorate.

This is something we do every day for some very popular well-known companies.

If you want to begin using us for this purpose, please read the guidelines below and if you have any questions feel free to call us.

Also, by clicking on the “Get a Quick Quote” button to the right you can create a quote to see both your cost and the suggested wholesale price to your customer for the printing.

  • A contract print buyer should qualify as a “business” witha business license and a tax-exempt number. This will authorize him to buy printing tax-free by the state for the legal purpose of reselling to his customers. If the buyer does not have a tax-exempt number then, as far as the state is concerned, he must be charged sales tax at the time of sale.
  • Contract print buyers should provide their own garments at least 24 hours before the scheduled print date. If not, there isn’t time to count them and alert the buyer to any shortages the distributor may have caused. If the print price is based on a specific quantity and the order is short of that quantity due to distributor error and we are not allowed sufficient time to rectify it, pricing will be redressed based on actual quantity.
  • Contract print buyers who “expect no art charges” should provide excellent, clean art and, in some cases, clean registered film. Buyers who provide low-res or otherwise insufficient art will incur art charges.
  • Contract print buyers should provide written documentation detailing all pertinent aspects of the print job to allow it to be done correctly the first time. If there is a potential for confusion, be on the premises to provide guidance during the strike-off/approval stage.
  • Contract print buyers should always be clear on the P.O. what they expect to pay for the job. Clear up any confusion about pricing before the job is printed.
  • As a printer we understand, and we expect a contract print buyer to understand as well, that a misprint allowance of 3% is industry standard. We do not charge for printing misprints, although we do count them as part of the quantity price break. As long as the misprints are within the 3% allowance, we do not replace them or charge for printing them. If we exceed the allowance then we replace the goods, if there is time to do so without missing the delivery date. If there is not time to replace the goods, we credit the cost of any goods over the 3% allowance against the bill.

Our maximum limit of liability for any contract printing job is equal to the total invoice for that order.

Contract print buyers should always buy a few extras and ask the printer to replace misprints from those extras as needed if the quantities must be precise. Blank unused goods can always be returned for a refund to the distributor, so there is no reason not to do this. In addition, if the buyer is shorted for failing to provide extras then rerunning the job to fill in shortages will be billed as a separate job at a price relative to the quantity being rerun. (In the years 1995-2014 our misprint averages have been below 1%.) Our contract pricing is based on monthly average volume, timeliness of payment, and the professionalism of the print buyer.

In my years of handling contract printing, these 6 rules have proven to be the very best guidelines I have used. All of my better clients are fine with these guidelines, and when we all understand each other’s requirements we are able to offer very consistent, high-quality screen printing, faster turnaround times, and more aggressive pricing. Timeliness of payment is often the biggest factor in choosing to do work at a lower rate, so if your volumes are high and your cash flow is good we can be very aggressive with price.


David Robison

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