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How I Lost $11,000 Selling T-Shirts – DONT MAKE THIS MISTAKE

How I Lost $11,000 Selling T-Shirts - DONT MAKE THIS MISTAKE

How I Lost $11,000 Selling T-Shirts – DONT MAKE THIS MISTAKE

In this video I talk about how i lost $11,000 on t shirt printing equipment. Dont make this same mistake.

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Comments (46)

  • Sandra De La Garza Reply

    Thanks for sharing this video
    We thought we were the only one
    😢 we have a DTF 😢 it suck
    If people could be Honest and tell us the truth no one would buy things like this

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • HelmetVanga Reply

    DTG = Direct To Garbage

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Kimi Alli Phillips Reply

    Thank you for the straight no chaser info! Much appreciated

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • DJ LIL ONE Reply

    Dam that's messed up it seems once they get paid they don't care about the customer

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • All_in_tech Reply

    Someone tried to give me a dtf printer and a DTG printer and i said no think you, i took her sawgrass 800 and the 400 instead because those don’t require any maintenance and they are great machines with great customer service, thanks for the advice Brando, i stay away from those machines 🙏

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • MantisColorLab Reply

    what are your thoughts aboud thre Punehed A4/A3 L805DTF PRINTER/? aRE THRERE ANY UNFORSEABLE PROBLEMS IN THE FUTURE?

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • TheBinfordMan Reply

    What I like about your channel is you are a straight shooter, clear and concise. I have learned a lot. I wish I had seen this video 7 months ago. Our shop decided to venture into DTG because we were turning down a lot of smaller orders that were too expensive to order transfers for. We had outsourced some orders to third party wholesale DTG shops. The quality was all over the board – and none were close to acceptable. Turns out they were outsourcing smaller orders to small jobbers. Never the same person twice. Leadtime's were3-6 weeks and longer!

    So we canned the DTG idea. Then someone recommended doing DTG inhouse. I was 110% unfamiliar with the current DTG printers and that you could do it inhouse. We ultimately came across the RICOH Ri1000 out of Brioso Dr. Costa Mesa, CA. We had a lot of conversations over a couple of months. We requested samples and what we received was nothing short of amazing. However, we don't know what we don't know. . .

    We finished a couple large projects and had the cash to make the purchase. We negotiated an attractive discount and some additional accessories at no charge, and ordered the printer. The printer arrived and we put it on a custom cart and moved it into the shop. While waiting for the printer to arrive, we continued to research in order to be prepared to use it. We discovered the "humidity" issue and when I called RICOH I was told we had a small range of humidity within which to operate. Great. More expense in humidifier and heater.

    We unboxed the printer and loaded all the accessories into the cart. Then three large projects came in and the printer sat there, covered up and never turned on, never loaded with ink. We were having issues maintaining the proper "humidity" while working the three projects, so I was not interested in loading ink and testing anything, and risking clogging the printhead or causing other issues.

    The Regional Sales Manager is totally indifferent after the sale than he was getting the sale. Typical. Where we stand now, is we have a brand new RICOH Ri1000, a lot of accessories and ink, and what amounts to no desire to go any further. The additional cost to test, dial in, run daily, etc. to keep the printhead clear, (even though it has a built in self-cleaning feature and the lines are suppose to drain and we were told as long as you run a shirt every week or so, it should be fine. . .), doesn't make sense in our situation. It's not the printers fault or RICOH's, it's that. . . we didn't know what we didn't know, Letting it sit between jobs is not a good idea and wasn't clearly driven home during the sales pitch.

    We may not be giving the RICOH a fair shot, as it is a world renowned printer company. However, I'm at the point where I believe it makes sense to cut my loses and sell it to a shop that can use it daily and it would most likely be a great addition to their shop. Once we load everything and use it, the price I could recoup will drop significantly. As it stands, it's brand new and needs the right home.

    Thanks again for your channel and all the information you are sharing.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Limon Ortega Reply

    That's what you call a money pit

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Joshua Johnson Reply

    DTG-C has given a lot of training on the printer I bought from them, but DTG is expensive for sure.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Tanya Greene Reply

    Hi, what would you recommend for printing on demand in a small country store that works on dark tshirts?

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • i Heat Press Reply

    Thank you so much for sharing this video!
    I had the same issue with this printer, sold it out, and preserved the rest of my money! I didn't buy any other new devices before ensuring that after-sales services were practical and helpful. I lost my money, about $4000! That was a lot of money for me. We all learn from our mistakes.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • JoseKaws Reply

    Different for me DTF printer always leaving it with solution capped it’s been a year and we replaced the print head. But for us it’s been good

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Love Mode Reply

    Thanks for sharing. I’m going to continue to invest in my screen printing setup and skills and become efficient as possible in this method. 😎

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Randy Whitener Reply

    Thats Why I Dont Jump On Every New TechnologyThat Comes Out If It Aint Broke I dont Try To Fix It Id Take Em To Court!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Vibes and Chills Reply

    Hey Big Brandoh, that was a super bad experience for you, that was a hell of a let down. But the best thing is you didn’t give up. And by the what’s the best quality plain tshirts to start with. Having trouble with finding good quality tshirts plains with the tear off tags 🏷️. Would be great to hear from you about what to go with.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • etenbroeck Reply

    It happens to us all. I had similar experience with a software company. My fault, I did not do my research or check references. E

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Alfonzo Blackburn Reply

    Thanks for sharing some wisdom B. I know for sure that you really helped a lot of people that probably couldn’t afford that kind of loss !

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Love On You Reply

    I bought a dtf printer with no knowledge. Waisted $3k it’s just sitting there.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Grave Digga Reply

    I learned the same lesson, but with White Toner printers. Expense lesson.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Bryan van Maalsen Reply

    Valuable lesson learned. I think companies have a responsibility to tell customers about the good and bad side of their product. Will only make them more trustworthy if they tell the truth. Thanks a lot for sharing 👍🏾

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • bigandsmallsrvadventures Reply

    I love your honesty.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • LadyC White Reply

    Ur awesome

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am

    I really do appreciate your integrity. Thank you for all your videos!!!

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Jeff Polk Reply

    Great information bro! Sucks you had to go through all that!

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
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    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • vee majeno Reply

    dang sound like espon eco tanks printers lol aka subby all bad

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • richie gonzalez Reply

    What machine was it? There some dtg’s that don’t dry up

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Lady Z Reply

    Wow what a sad and incredible story. You were patient!

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Robbie Black Reply

    bro ty so much for these vids bro youve saved me so much money 100. because of your vids i make sure i research everything. 1 year in business doing tshirts i fee like ive just broken even or maybe just over and im happy with that when it could have easily been alot worse. appreciate it bro 100000000

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • iAMAV Reply

    THIS is great content. real life struggles, we all go through them and yeah talking bad aint good for content but the real needs to be talked about not just the good and sometimes the real aint pretty. Thank you for this.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • G. Ivanov Grozev Reply

    shit… i was almost convinced!!!

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • King Marzz Reply

    Damn thats crazy🤦🏽‍♂️

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • exquisitemarkk Reply

    are you a filipino?

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • pressedbymigs Reply

    Def appreciate you sharing the struggles, it helps others realize they are not alone during hard times like this…

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Mark Arrington Reply

    I learned that with a $16000 DTG. Ill say mine. RICOH. The Ricoh 6000. Same exact story only difference meine didnt work on arrival. Ink not pulling, then printer table not moving, laser not calibating. The list go on. Never printed one shirt. Not one. Just a nozzle check on paper. Emails, on the phone send pics. No tech available in my area to come out and fix it. For months going back and forward with phone call and emails. Then they tell me oh we dont we no longer have tech here to even talk to me able it for that model because the Ricoh 1000 and 2000 just dropped. Told me about a guy in California that can fix it. Yeah California. Im in Texas. Contacted that guy, $900 just for labor not even parts. Crazy. I found better luck with a Espon F2100 but it IS a money pit. Pit. A big pit. Especially starting out. Im fortunate to have a thriving business before getting in the DTG printers. And lucky to grab a contract with a local school and still not really making much of a profit. Listen to this man. It aint what they are painting these machimes out to be. The ink, pretreat, heat press, maintenance etc all cost especially for a small business get started.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Philip Travisano Reply

    Thanks for the nightmare story. Confirms my decision to have never tried to start my own company.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Thomas O'Keefe Reply

    I've found out that absolutely 100% of everything that your sold is a 90% lie

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Eunice Appling Reply

    Thank you, i was definitely thinking of getting one. I am not mechanical minded at all.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Jason Regan Reply

    Real as it gets. Thanks for helping me avoid mistakes. I wish you didn't have to go through all the headaches.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Duran Humberto Reply

    Man I gotta say you hit the nail on the head on this one ….can I add fake software being sold from non trusted reseller …so yes thought it would be a snap but same issues just starting DTF humidity temp acrorip it starts to add up ,oven which I haven't purchased yet cause I'm starting to see your point and have someone else with set up make my ready to press dtf's quick ? I'm sure lots of others would like to know is cost , what's reasonable price for a full color DTF if I out sourced that part ? I also realized why some designs are simple with hardly any artwork , cost $$$ and trial plus errors … well got more stuff dealing with like who to purchase if you go with temu you can find some good quality but if you want a large you'll have to go up a size XL think they measured people outside of the states 😅 thanks 👍 for video

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Nelly A Reply

    I had a DTf printer and noticed all this problems in the first month so luckily put a charger back when the company refused to return the hectic printer.

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Lionel Fullheart Reply

    I appreciate your honest fr .

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am
  • Rástradamus Reply

    So was the humidity too high or too low?

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  • Jorge R. Reply

    Do you have a ricoma machine?

    November 22, 2023 at 11:15 am

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