How Much Does a Polo Shirt Cost?
Most are surprised to learn that, when it comes to having custom company shirts made, the biggest determinant of what it’s going to cost is actually your choice of shirt (not the embroidery!). Cheap polo shirts start around $10 – and are fine for one time use, but we don’t recommend them for repeated or long term wear because the collars curl, the shirts just don’t hold up that well. Good value cotton/poly blend polo shirts start around $15. You can expect that with reasonable care a “good value” polo shirt will last 35 -50 washings. Performance polo shirts aka “golf shirts” are made of 100% polyester, moisture wicking fabric, and start at $20. Expect big name brands to start around $30. Think about how many times your shirts will be worn, and what people will be doing while they wear the shirts, and you can probably get a good idea of how much you can expect to spend on polo shirts.
What Can Be Embroidered?
A large number of things can be embroidered, anything from hats and polos to golf bags and baby blankets. (Really anything soft) This is one of the most versatile printing methods because it doesn't rely on the garment material or makeup. We only use the highest quality hoops and threads so the delicate baby blanket will turn out with a nice perfect soft hand feel and your work jacket will be rough and tough embroidery that can withstand all the job site can throw.
What Shirt Choice?
All solid red shirts will look pretty much the same in the pictures you see online, but you can tell the difference when seeing and touching them in person.
Performance polyester fabric is more expensive than cotton. As with many things, better quality materials, and better quality construction methods cost more than cheap materials and lesser manufacturing. But that initial investment gets you shirts that will perform better, last longer, and are a better value in the long run. That’s why we feel it’s important to touch and feel shirts before you buy – so that you know exactly what you’re getting. We have tons of styles in stock and can always bring in new samples at your request.
When it comes to polo shirts, adding details adds to the price. For example, contrast stripes on the collar or two-tone color blocked designs are distinctive, and can do a lot to make your company shirts stand out from the crowd, but they do cost a little more than solid colors. Adding pockets and long sleeves also add to the cost. All other things being equal, a lighter weight version of any fabric is typically cheaper than a heavier weight version of the same fabric. Also extended sizes (2XL and up) require more fabric, and therefore are more expensive than sizes S-XL.
How Much Does The Embroidery Cost?
When it comes right down to it, embroidery costs are based on time – how much time it takes to sew your logo, and how much time it takes to prepare. The preparation part is a super important – and not a place you want to skimp. How well your logo sews, and how good it looks when translated to embroidery has a lot to do with how well it is prepared. Typically you will pay a setup charge the first time you have embroidered shirts made - $45 - $95 is typical for this service. Once your logo has been set up, there will be a cost each time your logo is embroidered on a shirt. Embroidery charges depend on the size and complexity of your logo, and sometimes the quantity of shirts being stitched. Typical charges for a pocket-sized logo range around $5-8.
A Custom Price Quote Is Normal
Every company and every situation is a little different, and that’s why a custom price quote is generally needed for every job. Be sure to have at least a short conversation before getting your quote to be sure your needs, wants, timeline and budget are understood and accommodated. Pricing isn’t a mysterious secret – it’s just that there are a number of details to be considered in order to give you the best possible answer to your question of, “How much are embroidered shirts going to cost?”