Sure, there are a lot of design-your-own custom t-shirt sites out there such as CustomInk and Blue Cotton. They all do the same thing. You create a design, put it on a shirt, place your bulk order and they ship it to you. (Yes, we do that, too).
But what if I said that you can make money selling your own custom shirts and not have to worry about storing inventory, collecting payments or distributing goods? What if I said it was all FREE? Crazy awesome, right? Well, that's how we're different from the rest.
Want to know more? You can watch our video or continue reading.
So, here's how it works. Once you are done designing, you save and proceed to the INK Wizard. You will have 3 options to choose from. Select the one that applies to your needs. If you wanted to do what I was talking about above, then select the third option (PUBLIC).
You will be asked about pricing. What you do is enter a minimum quantity. This is the number of sales that you will need to reach before your sale ends (your end date is determined by you as well). If you reach that number, we print your shirts, ship them directly to your buyers and give you your profits (more on profits later). If your sale does NOT reach that minimum number, all orders are canceled. No one pays a thing, but no one gets their shirts either. No harm, no foul. You can always revise your settings and repost after that.
Once you enter your minimum quantity, you will be shown a base cost per item. Use that number as a guide when determining how much to sell your shirts for. Enter your selling price and your potential profit will be calculated. For example, if you put in a minimum of 24 pieces. we may give you a base cost of $10 per shirt. You could decide to sell your shirts for $20 each, producing a $10 profit per shirt. If you sold at least your minimum of 24, let's say you sold 30 shirts, we would pay you $300. Then we print your shirts and ship them to your buyers. All for FREE!
Okay, back to the INK Wizard. As I mentioned earlier, you will select a deadline date. This is when your pre-order sale would end. You can select up to 3 weeks, currently.
Before submitting your design, you can select a variety of ways to share your sale. You know, get the word out. Then click submit. Your design is live.
There are so many ways to use this feature. Say you want to fundraise for a charity or your team. Or promote your student org, club or Greek house. You can sell shirts for your rock band. Maybe you have a family reunion coming up and you want your family members to choose their own size, pay for their own and get their shirts delivered to their house so that they can wear them to the reunion. Or maybe you are an artist with a cool design idea. You get the picture.
Start your design today, it's FREE!
We here at INK love Halloween. The costumes, the candy, the horror movie marathons. It’s pretty much the best holiday, if you ask us.
So, what would make more sense than gathering our favorite t-shirt costumes in a fun and entertaining list?
In the spirit of sharing, we’ve compiled an incredibly biased collection of the 25 best t-shirt costumes found around the internet.
Did we miss any? Show us your favorite or create your own on Ink to the People.
A name that can't get any more masculine.
And he has the nipples to prove it.
Yes, that IS a t-shirt.
Rick from The Walking Dead
This one is not that recognizable, so
be prepared to answer some questions.
Shoot first, answer questions later.
I had no idea that Mighty Mouse had
such a cute figure.
Anyone else think this was a costume
for the WWF (World Wrestling
This one is a staple in American culture.
Just steer clear from pretty green crystals.
So cool, he can pull off wearing
a fanny pack.
The Incredible Hulk
Can also double as your "Leprechaun on Steroids"
St. Patrick's Day outfit.
Perfect costume for all of those "husky" boys out
there. Their favorite candy bar is "Chunky".
I'll stop now.
This one is always cool. You get bonus points if
you can get a friend to go as Batman.
More like Sponge Bob Squareshirt.
See what I did there? You're welcome.
2 in 1. This also doubles as Abe Froman aka
The Sausage King of Chicago.
"Does whatever a spider can"?
So you put this on and hang out in my bath
tub because you can't crawl up the slippery sides.
About as unfunny as Scooby Doo.
Still watched it like crazy, though.
Sheldon from The Big Bang Theory
((trick * x / y) + (z - treat)) = BAZINGA!
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle
If your costume gets wrinkled, you can always
go as an Elderly Mutant Ninja Turtle. Yeah,
I'm so clever.
Whatever. BabyBjorns are the invention of the
century in my book. Thank you, Sweden.
This is a tough one because if you can't do the
vocalization, the illusion is ruined.
Elf - The Movie
If you love Will Ferrell that much to wear this,
I feel for you. I really do.
Data from The Goonies
No, this isn't Inspector Gadget. This is Short
Round turned prodigy inventor.
Lumbergh from Office Space
“Um yeah. We have a little problem here.
If you could go ahead and come in on
Halloween, that would be great. mm-kay?!”
Dr. Venkman from Ghostbusters
There was a whole lot of "sliming" going on in
the 80's. You had Ghostbusters and what was
the name of that show on Nickelodeon?
Good grief, make sure to practice your line...
"I got a rock".
Now it would be totally acceptable to thrust at
everyone at the Halloween Party. Okay, it is
never acceptable, just wrong and creepy.
"What's this? A Charleston Chew!?!
Introducing the Rating System and T-Versations:
Here at INK, we have been busy these last few weeks. No resting on laurels and such, no sir. With our noses buried in lines of code, we developed a couple new cool features for the site. We hope you will find these features fun and easy to use.
The first new feature is the shiny new Rating System. Now you can rate posted designs in our Marketplace AND see how people like your design (or not so much). Sure you can rate your own design, why wouldn't you? Give that sucker a running start with a solid 5 star rating. This feature will give you an idea of what people like to see (and wear).
We also cracked the seal on a new dialogue system that we coined "T-Versations". So, say you gave a person 5 stars, now tell them why you love it & bought one for your Aunt Beru. Each INK design can have it's own "thread", if you will. Start a dialogue about your own design, perhaps ask for feedback. Start a dialogue with a fellow INKer about their INK and how they go about creating designs. You get the idea.
With the addition of these 2 features, we believe that inktothepeople.com will be a livelier, engaging community for people who love and want T-Shirts as much as we do.
So head on over to our Marketplace and start talkin' shirt!
Making Strides to End Breast Cancer event - May 5th
Our walk team has been busy fundraising and we’re working hard to reach our goal of $1500. The walk event is Saturday, May 5th at the Discovery World in downtown Milwaukee. Help us with this great event! It’s not too late!! You can join the team online at http://tinyurl.com/732r5y5.
Together we can make a difference!
Everyone Sees the Pimple First - from Dan Rockwell’s Leadership Freak Blog
Blemishes captivate just like the negative past. The dark past draws you backward into futile conversations that solidify rather than solve. Complaints always focus on the past. Problems pull backward. But, solutions draw forward. You become what you talk about.
Reflect: I’ve been thinking about conversation topics. I know better, but I’ve slipped into conversations that spiral around the past. Everyone, it seems, wants to solve the past. I spent years captivated by negative history. It’s easy, sometimes fun, but inevitably futile. Leaders can drown in complaints, problems, weaknesses, and low performance. Unless you intentionally turn forward, you’re pulled into the negative past; something that can’t be changed, developed, or improved, only built on.
Saturday, May 5th
Along banks of Lake Michigan, amidst a sea of compassionate pink, we (and thousands of friends) made strides towards the cure for breast cancer. Even the chilly weather couldn't hinder us or our family & friends. We strolled on, with warmth in our hearts (although that just might have been the strong coffee talking back). Who's to say? One thing is for sure, we walked, strolled & stomped all over breast cancer until it cried "uncle" that day. We put it "in it's place", showed it "who's boss", and so on and so forth.
Hey, can you blame us for being proud of our actions? Our team raised $6,343! Impressive... if we do say so ourselves!
A sincere THANK YOU to all who donated on behalf of our team for this great cause.
April was a big month for us. We launched our site, we had successes, we had failures, we learned a lot! Taking your suggestions to heart, we are continuing to evolve and improve, so don't be shy, let us know what you need. Be the reason that May will be even better.
It seems like only 365 rotations of the globe ago that the last Earth Day was here. But what if we lived on Mercury? We could celebrate Mercury Day every 88 Earth Days. Did you know that it takes Mercury 176 Earth Days to make 1 rotation? That means 1 Mercurian day is 2 Mercurian years long. So on Mercury, you'd have to celebrate Mercury Day twice a day, every day. Okay, that is hurting my brain. Moving on.
Back on Earth, it's Earth Day again, and we here at INK participated in the 3rd Annual Clean Up Calumet Project. On Friday, April 20th, we took to the streets, fields & woods in our surrounding area picking up trash. A couple hours and a few full garbage bags later we enjoyed a yummy lunch, provided by our neighbor Alpha Source, who hosted the event. A big tree hug to them for that.
Also, on Saturday, April 21st, Milwaukee Riverkeeper hosted their 17th Annual Spring River Cleanup. As part of our "Green Initiative", we were proud to be a corporate sponsor. We even printed the event t-shirts! You have to look good while doin' good, right?
Share your Earth Day stories with us. We'd love to hear them!
*give or take
Today is a special day here at INK.
Today we shipped our first set of orders out to the good people of the world. Thank you for supporting us and the fine artists on our site. We would love to see pics of you in your spiffy new shirt. If you'd like to share, you can post on our Facebook page. Happy Inking!