As someone who has done a considerably high amount of sales and services survey on the internet, I know how overwhelming online survey can be. You are faced with a number of endless options out there and at least 70% of them are good enough to make it to your ‘to compare’ list.
Things can be next-level confusing when you are looking for a service to produce apparels, considering you are not able to feel the fabric in your hand or physically see the product before purchasing. You might even have to come up with a long list of several services and proceed to create a comparison table! So, how to make that list shorter than how long it originally is?
We don’t know much, but when you’re in search of custom apparel printing services, we know exactly how you can find the right one! Here, we’ve fleshed out 5 ways to filter out the services you may not want to engage with and find the ones you definitely should!
Read genuine reviews
If you have been going through hundreds of reviews on the internet, perhaps you already know how to distinguish the genuine reviews from the ones that aren’t. They normally sound very specific and personal and the reviews carry different voice and personality from one another. Likewise, if you detect a similar tone or throughout the review list or even similar-looking reviews, they could be from the same person from the company.
Genuine customer reviews never lie. As a matter of fact, you have probably made up certain purchase decisions before simply based on the good reviews you’ve read – we’ve all done that.
So, the first step you should take after finding these different companies and services is to read their reviews. See what they say about the quality, services (both during and after the service), and most importantly, the whole dealing process. Did it go smoothly? Was their customer service team accommodative? If any of them had to get a refund, was their request attended to properly? Make sure to look these things up among the reviews.
Find one that provides you sample
This is possibly the most important benefit you need to look at. No matter what kind of sample – design sample, fabric sample, or overall result sample – if they don’t have anything to show, they should not be among the top three to be compared on your list.
Some businesses will be more than glad to post the sample to you and let you have a feel of the sample first. This way, you can truly imagine how the t-shirt would turn out like and what purposes would fit the material best.
On the other hand, if you already have a fixed purpose for wearing that t-shirt, you may not like the samples they send you. If this happens, you can always request to see the samples of other materials. Even better, just ask for samples of all materials at once.
Judge their customer service
Judge is a heavy word, but it fits well here. A custom apparel company’s online user flow goes back to whether they put the customer first. Consider the experience from start to finish. If they are always willing and happy to help you, that is a plus point. Do check others’ experiences who have personally dealt with them before too.
If you have the chance to talk to the customer service officers directly, ask them about the lead time and the process. Be as clear and specific as possible about what you are asking. Let them know your expectations and how many you are printing, and where you are at with the designing. Clear communication will prevent any issues arising later on.
Get design mockups
You design hasn’t looked its best yet? Can’t picture how your design will look on your tees? That’s okay! Some apparel printing teams actually have their own graphic designer team *cough* like us *cough* who is credible and skilled to recreate your design properly using their advanced software.
You could submit your sketch or draft and the team will recreate it AND visualise how it will appear on your garment. This can give you a clear idea of how your design will look on your choice of base colour – whether the colours match and the size fits well. Of course, you are free to ask for amendments after getting the mockup. The important thing is, getting a mockup will prevent you from making any mistakes prior to printing your apparels.
Talk to different printing services
The best way to know someone, of course, is by approaching them and actually talking to them. If you never ask, you’d never know, right? The same goes to a printing company. The more you talk to them, the more you know the nature of their work and can learn from and about them.
Don’t sigh yet – it may not even take you as long as it sounds! First, list down the basic aspects you need to know. ONLY the basic, since we do not want you to be more confused than before you talk to them. For example, list down these things from each service: pricing, time lead, and benefits. This will spare you a lot of headaches and help you tremendously to compare the services and find the right one for you!
When finding a team of printing experts, choose one who understands that most customised apparel orders are normally driven by certain purposes, like for an outdoor event or a class. They would try to fulfil these purposes by putting more attention to the kinds of fabric and printing method to be recommended for you.
Find a printing team whose priority is the quality of your garment. Others would have simply go through it designing the ones that you want half-heartedly without giving much thought to why you are asking for it.
All in all, while finding t shirts printing Singapore services is not challenging, they can get a little tricky. We hope we have helped you through this article, and you are always welcomed to talk to us at Custom Prints & Apparels!