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Old 02-24-2019, 08:45 PM
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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T-shirts with slogans/pictures on them. As far as I can tell, they are bought only by people on vacation, or for a quarter at thrift shops. Many seem designed by people who cant speak English ("leave freely anywhere") nor even Spanish ("sol de marina"), to quote a few that I own.

How many T-shirts are actually sold at retail for full price, and who would buy them, and why? Billions are internationally sold at thrift shops (like Ropa Americana) where clothing is imported (from USA) unsorted, from bales still on the palled in the street. How much of this is second-hand donated, and how much overstock?

Somebody talk me through the slogan T-shirt market dynamic.
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Old 02-24-2019, 08:48 PM
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Not sure in your country, but in the U.S. they are sold in just about every store, from Walmart, Target, most department stores and specialty stores, etc. and are bought and worn by many people. I own a few dozen myself and wear them a lot
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Old Yesterday, 07:20 AM
Location: Boydton, VA
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I do not own a single t shirt that has advertising on it....never will.....I buy my plain Hanes brand t shirts on line for 1/2 of what walmart charges.

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Old Yesterday, 08:11 AM
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Printed tees are a huge business, you've got a lot of questions.

Obviously the misspelled ones were sold cheaply or donated because of the mistake. You'll have to ask the people at Ropa Americana how much they paid for all those bales, how would we know?

Why do people buy them at all? They are sold everywhere. They like the colors, the message, they identify with the slogan. The tee promotes their favorite school, rock band, event or holiday. Some are custom made for groups, teams, work places, giveaways, 5K's, churches, etc. And tees that promote specific organizations (colleges, sports teams, bands, movie characters, companies) usually require approval, licensing and royalties, which significantly bump the price.
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Old Yesterday, 08:23 AM
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Planet Money once did a podcast tracking a T-shirt from a young woman's Bat Mitzvah to the country in Africa where it showed up for sale. Many people who are concerned with alleviating poverty in developing countries say that donated clothing disrupts the local economy instead of helping it.

I have a lifetime supply of T-shirts after a 38-year career and multiple athletic events, blood drives, etc. I'm still entering athletic events and donating blood. Haven't bought one in years. I wear them to the gym every day and use them as rags when they're no longer wearable.
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Old Today, 03:26 AM
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I only wear graphic tees. It's the best way one can express their interests and hobbies. Tees made as recently as the early 2000's are already collectible. I'd pay $100 each for the ones I wore in high school, all a size or two bigger of course.

I assume the OP has a corporate job and must wear clothes that most Americans only want to wear at their own funerals. For the self-employed, its t-shirts about 350 days per year.
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