Solid t-shirts, particularly plain white tees, are typically much less expensive than t-shirts made with patterned fabric or specialty dye processes. Similarly, tees with trim or details tend to cost extra versus their plain counterparts. Those details can really make a project, so the extra few cents may be worth it. But, if the lowest possible price is what you’re after, sticking to solid fabrics in basic unisex cuts or tank tops is the way to go.
4. Talk To Your Printer (Or Read the Manual)
If you plan to have your t-shirts printed, don’t forget that certain fabrics or colors may be more expensive or time consuming to decorate. Getting the wrong shirt for your job – even if it’s the lowest price—is not going to save you money in the long run.
Dark shirts often require an underbase (extra layer of ink) or more ink coverage for the finished artwork to show up. This may require an extra screen and increase printing costs. Be sure to ask your print shop for advice or read the instruction manual for your machine if you’re a DIY decorator. Buying the correct tee will help lower production costs and save time in the end.
5. The Most Popular Cheap T-Shirts
T-shirt manufacturers produce a variety of styles to satisfy price-conscious bulk buyers. Just because you’re aiming for something inexpensive doesn’t necessarily mean you’re limited to short-sleeved tubular shirts. These are popular low-price tees across various styles and fabric types:
Cheap 100% Cotton T-shirt: Hanes Adult Essential T-Shirt, Style 5280
Cheap Polyester T-shirt: Gildan Adult Performance T-Shirt, Style G420
Cheap Long Sleeve T-shirt: Gildan Adult Heavy Cotton Long-Sleeve T-Shirt, Style G540
Cheap Women’s Cut T-shirt: Next Level Ladies’ Ideal T-Shirt, Style n1510
Cheap Kids T-shirt: Hanes Youth Authentic T-Shirt, Style 54500
6. Order All at Once
Getting your shirts in one single order can pay off—literally! If you can, gather all the size and quantity information for your t-shirt project up front. Then place a single order for the shirts you need. Consolidating into one purchase will save you money on shipping and packing costs. It will also help maximize any bulk discount program offered by your supplier.
7. Get A Bulk Discount
Speaking of bulk discount programs… If you are shopping for blank tees from a big box store, you are missing out on this HUGE way to save. Wholesale t-shirt suppliers like Threadsy offer rich discounts for customers who purchase in large quantities.
Check for bulk discounts before placing your order to find the lowest per-piece price for your tees. You may save a ton of money by combining a few orders into one purchase, or by getting a couple extra shirts to hit the next discount tier.
Pro Tip: Our bulk discount program starts at $110 and the savings appear automatically in your cart. You could save up to 15% on your entire order!
8. Save On Shipping Costs
Sometimes getting t-shirts delivered can be more expensive than the garments themselves! Particularly if you need expedited delivery, prepare to pay extra. The good news is that if you’re not in a rush, wholesale t-shirt suppliers often give free ground shipping once you meet a certain purchase threshold.
Pro Tip: Threadsy orders $50+ ship for free, with fast delivery. It pays to take advantage of those savings!
9. Avoid Hidden Fees
It pains us to say it, but there can be a LOT of fine print in the wholesale apparel industry. Make sure to read retailers’ customer service policies to avoid hidden costs. Some companies offer a low price per-shirt, but tack on fees for everything from packing your order to processing returns. And don’t even get us started on order minimums! Some online shops charge you extra if you don’t meet a certain purchase threshold.
We don’t do that stuff at Threadsy. There’s no minimum order, returns are free for 30 days and we’ll never charge you extra money to pack your order.
10. Don’t Get Scammed
Social media is a great place to find inspiration. But buyers beware when it comes to purchasing tees from strangers online.
We’re increasingly hearing about scammers who target bulk t-shirt buyers on Facebook, Instagram and even TikTok. It works like this: a scammer messages people offering shirts at unbelievably low prices. Catch is, they insist on payment via methods like cash apps or wire transfer—methods that leave buyers with little protection from fraud. Once the funds are transferred, the money is gone along with the scammer’s social media profile, leaving unsuspecting t-shirt buyers high and dry.
You can save a lot of money and heartache by purchasing bulk tees from reputable companies who stand by their business practices. Threadsy is proud to be certified by The Better Business Bureau, and we offer consumers protection through secure payment methods, free returns, and an outstanding US-based customer service team.
The Bottom Line
Whatever project you’re dreaming up, there are many ways to save money when shopping for bulk t-shirts. Buying shirts online is easy and convenient, and we hope these tips help save you cash and time. Considering Threadsy for your next wholesale t-shirt purchase? Check out our full catalog of low-cost blank tees today.