I promised I'd report in on my tshirt research SEVEN DAYS AGO; but my exposure to the Brothers Ford has clearly turned me into a shameless liar. Also, I tried to post my learnings last week, but somehow managed to erase my post, instead. So I'm incompetent, too: something I'll blame on them, because taking responsibility for your own actions is for losers. I could go on...
If people want shirts that are brand-consistent, it looks like they'll cost somewhere between $30 and $40 each. CafePress.ca is the more expensive of the two "on demand" websites I visited - however, the larger the number of tshirts ordered at the same time, the more the price per unit drops (as does the cost of postage per single tshirt: postage is $13 if you order a single shirt, but only $15.50 if you order two at a time). Spreadshirt.com looked to be less expensive. But it's hard to see how we could get the price lower without ordering a lot at the same time - something I think we'd have difficulty organizing.
Both sites have a range of customizable products, from shirts to hoodies to iPhone and android cases to coffee cups. (Possibly also Dasani bottles, beer cups, and crack pipes - I'd have to ask.)
A cost-controllable alternative, as some suggested (and modeled) at the meeting, is DIY. Here's a step by step guide from Hewlett Packard on how to do it:
The special transfer paper seems to be from $1 to $1.50 a sheet,depending on how many you buy and a number of manufacturers (HP, Avery, house brands at the big office stores) make them. Beyond that, it's a question of choosing your shirt, choosing your look, accessing a good enough printer of the right type, and ironing away!
Katherine, aka @kacarleton