It all comes down to time. Screen Printing is a mechanical process that involves machines, manual labor and time. It takes the I Am Not Throwing Away My Shot get Vaccinated Shirt and by the same token and same amount of time to setup a job with 1 shirt as it does a job with 100 shirts. When the costs involved are averaged over 100 shirts, the order is affordable for the customer. But, when the same costs are averaged over 1 or 2 shirts, the order is no longer affordable. At KingTee, our screen printing minimum is 24 pieces per design because that is the lowest point at which your order is still economically feasible.
If you own a laser printer and a copy machine, and had to make a single print of something, you’d use the I Am Not Throwing Away My Shot get Vaccinated Shirt and by the same token and printer. But if you wanted 1000 of the same thing, you’d never use the printer, always the copier to get a faster and more cost-effective outcome. Screen printing is similar to this. We do not charge a screen fee for any orders! However, more colors means increasing materials and time, so the cost goes up. We recommend printing at least 50 shirts of any design. This helps keep your order cost-effective. When you increase your total quantity it allows the screen printer to eat up a lot of their overhead cost. This is why you get a much better price break when going with a larger quantity of tees!