Digital Music News: Merch Prep

This post was published and formated for an old version of the blog.

As part of our partnership with music industry heavy hitters, Digital Music News we are providing articles for their email publications as well as their website.

Our latest article –

Be Prepared When Ordering Your Merch…

Buses break down, shows pop-up last minute, superstorms happen. The life of an artist – especially an artist on the road – is chaotic, but when it comes to ordering merch, a rough guide can come in handy. The following comes from merchandise leader Jakprints, and offers some rough estimates for ordering a broad range of products.

Production turnaround times are estimated and can change. If you want a proof before your job goes into production, add an additional 1-2 business days to accommodate any changes you may have.

The times listed are estimated but that doesn’t mean it can’t be done faster (blue = typical turnaround, gray = outer edge of an estimate, for example, in ‘2-3 days,’ gray is day 3).  If you need to hit a specific date because you’ll be in that city for one day, make sure you specify that.  The last thing you need is a huge order shipping all over the country – missing you each time.  Drop-shipping is also a great option to get you a portion of your order faster and allow you to save some money on the remaining portions.

Keep your order moving – have your shipping information, payment and artwork ready to go when placing your order.

Full Color & Sticker Printing

Quick tip: Gloss coated stocks will have the quickest turn time.

Apparel Screen Printing & Finishing

Quick tip: The more you add the more time needed. If you’re in a rush, keep it simple.

To read this graph use the initial turn time listed for the 1st location and add the additional days as listed below for each additional color, image location or finishing option.

Apparel Embroidery & All Over Shirt Printing

Quick tip: Get a quote for embroidery. We need to see your artwork to see how many stitches you’ll need and how much time it will take.

Quick tip: All Over Shirt Printing is quicker on smaller quantities, if you want a bulk order consider ordering a small amount for your immediate needs and a larger order when you have more time.

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