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Mabuzi.com FAQs

This page is designed to provide answers to some commonly asked questions, split into the following categories:

Please click the links below to skip ahead to each category.

General Information

eg. Lead times, return policy, minimum quantities, garments etc.

 

Artwork Specifications

eg. Mock-ups, design services, print content limitations etc.

 

Ordering Online / One-Off T-Shirts

eg. How to order, turnaround time, payment, shipping, available garments etc.

 

Large Runs / Wholesale

eg. How to get a quote, our print methods, off-shore manufacture etc.



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General Information:

(for all order sizes)

Please also see these pages for more information:
- About Mabuzi
- Order Online in our T-Shirt Lab
- Online Product Catalogue
- Retail Pricing (under 15 units)
- Wholesale Pricing (over 15 units)
- Request a Quote

Documentation:
- Mabuzi's Quality Guarantee
- Our Refunds & Exchange Policy
- Our Privacy Policy
- Our Sampling Policy
- Copyright
- Contact Information

Basic Information:
- Minimum Order Quantities
- Price Breaks & Terminology
- Lead times
- What's the wholesale order process?
- Opening a 30-day account with Mabuzi
- How to request a quote
- View our garments / online catalogue

• Mabuzi's Quality Guarantee
At Mabuzi we’re so confident that you’ll love your garments, that we’re willing to put it in writing! If you experience problems or quality issues with your print(s) due to an error on our behalf, give us a call. We have a great history of solving any problems that may arise with our print methods, and will happily re-print or replace the garments at no cost to you if we deem this the most appropriate solution to your problem.

• Our Refunds & Exchange Policy
We're so sure you'll be thrilled with the quality of your shirt and print that we're willing to offer a refund or replacement if your garments are returned unworn, unwashed and with original tags attached within 7 days of receiving your goods. In the unlikely event that you're not absolutely delighted with your custom printed garment, give us a call and we'll do what we can to ensure you walk away happy.

Please note: Mabuzi does not offer refunds on the t-shirt lab where the incorrect choice of t-shirt and/or print has been made. Please be aware that on-screen colours are never 100% true to life and, as such, if the t-shirt colour does not match your computer screen setup exactly Mabuzi are unable to refund your purchase.

• Our Privacy Policy
Please see Mabuzi’s privacy policy here:
http://www.mabuzi.com/page/privacy.html

• Our Sampling Policy
You may view samples of our blank garments, plus examples of previous prints and print services at our showroom. If you require a printed sample, we can provide this service; however, please be aware that samples will be charged at $60 each ex GST in addition to the applicable setup fee for your chosen print method (eg. sample fee + screen set-up cost = total sample cost).

• Copyright
At Mabuzi we are unable to print intellectual property or copyrighted materials where written consent by the copyright holder has not been provided.

However, as we are unable to detect all instances of copyright breaches, we consider it our customers’ responsibility to ensure copyright is not breached before artwork is submitted for quotation or printing.  If Mabuzi find that our customers do not hold the appropriate rights to the materials they wish to print, we reserve the right to refuse our services.

• Contact Information
If you have any further questions, need directions to our show room or need to find our phone number/mailing address, please see our Contact page.

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• Minimum Order Quantities
Please note that the minimum order quantities for various print methods are as follows:
Heat Press Vinyl Transfers - no minimums (BYO garments permitted)
Digital Transfers - no minimums (BYO garments permitted)
Direct To Garment Printing - no minimums
Screen Printing – minimum of 15 units
Embroidery – minimum of 15 units
Online Orders – no minimums

• Price Breaks & Terminology

T-shirt Printing Quantity break points and terminology

Mini Run t-shirt orders 1 - 14 
Small Run t-shirt orders 15 - 250
Large Run t-shirt orders 251 - 500
Bulk Run t-shirt orders 500 +


Proofs are included in the setup fee for orders of 15 or more quoted from the wholesale quote price lists.
Retail quotes (verbally) or orders under 15 do not include proof fee.
Proof fee of $55 for small orders when requested.

• Lead times
*Mabuzi Standard Lead Times for T-shirt Printing

  Online / Retail Orders
 Wholesale Orders
Quantity  1 - 3*  4 - 14  15+
Online Order by 4pm
Ready by 4pm
Next biz day

1 Working Day*
Order by 4pm
Ready by 4pm
3 biz days

3 Working Days
Confirmed on Order

5 to 7 Working Days
(subject to client payment
& sign off’s within std lead times) 
Express Service
(including gst)
If you need your order to be completed faster than our standard leadtimes,
please call us and we'll do our best to accommodate your needs with an express service. 
  $16.50 1st Item
$5.50 each thereafter
to a maximum of $55
10% of value of order
starting at $55 incl gst
to a maximum of $220 incl gst

 *Except for the White Lab and City2Surf Lab, the lead time for these labs
are 1-14 items by 3 working days and 15+ items by 5 working days.


Please Note:

We're always happy to help out where we can with short lead times so please contact us if you need something in a hurry.

• What’s the wholesale order process?
The following chart illustrates the steps and shortest timeline needed to process wholesale orders.

Mabuzi Wholesale Order Process
• Opening a 30-day account with Mabuzi
This service is available to companies who frequently order wholesale with our company. Please contact our accounts department for more information and an account application form.

• How to request a quote
If you wish to request a quote, you can do so in a variety of ways:

Through our online catalogue:
Browse through our products and hit the “Request a Quote” button on any products take your fancy.

Instant Quote through our T-Shirt Lab:
If you have less than 15 items, you can upload, resize & arrange your artwork online – our T-Shirt lab will automatically generate pricing for you (and, if you like the pricing, you can place the order whilst you’re there!)

Check our Retail Pricelist:
We have a price list for in-store, phone and email orders under 15 units up online. This will allow you to check pricing for one-offs, small orders and BYO garments (print only) for orders up to 15 units. Please note this pricing is more expensive that which you will find in our automated online t-shirt lab.  

Contact us to request a quote:
We’ll happy respond to your request as quickly as possible. Please provide artwork, quantity, due date, desired print method and approximate print sizes and positions to enable us to create an accurate quote for you.

More for information you can view our Request a Quote page.

• View our garments / online catalogue
Please see our Catalogue to view items available for wholesale decoration, or check out the T-Shirt Lab to view items available for small online orders or retail orders (orders under 15 units).

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Artwork Specifications:

(for all order sizes)

Please also see these pages for more information:
- Mabuzi Artwork Specifications
- Cutline Options for Transfer Prints
- Vinyl Swatch Colours
- Pantone Swatch Colours

General:
- Where can I find your full artwork specifications?
- I don't have artwork ready - can you help me?
- Do you know of anywhere I can find free artwork?
- Can I find suitable artwork on Google?
- Is there anything you can't or won't print?
- Can I print a copyright image?

Mock-ups & templates:
- Do you provide blank templates & mock-ups for download?
- Can I provide my own mock-up as a placement & print size guide?

• Where can I find your full artwork specifications?
Please see our artwork specifications page to view the full list of design specs for submitted artwork.

• I don't have artwork ready. Can you help me?
Yes, we can. We have a qualified in-house graphic designer who is capable of bringing your ideas to fruition. Please see the Artwork & Design services page for more information on this service.

• Do you know of anywhere I can find free artwork?
In our T-Shirt Lab you can find various clip art images available free for your use (under the Artwork tab). Alternatively, we have some pre-made designs ready to go on our Templates page.

• Can I find suitable artwork on Google?
Yes, Google Images will return artwork suitable for printing – however, we will not accept images unless they are found with the “Large Images Only” option ticked on the results page. This will return images that are of a suitable resolution only. We also request that you please be wary of copyright breaches when taking images from the internet.

• Is there anything you can't or won't print?
Anything that breaches copyright, features pornographic imagery or incites violence will be deemed unsuitable for printing. Please be mindful that we make all of our custom t-shirts in our store and thus reserve the right to refuse artwork that is likely to offend our staff, or is unsuitable for the workplace we choose to create in.

• Do you provide blank templates and mock-ups for download?
Yes, we do! Jump on over to the mock-ups page to download Adobe Illustrator-ready PDF mock-up templates to use as your own personal canvas.

• Can I provide my own mock-up as a placement & print size guide?
Yes you can. We will use your mock-up as a reference for print size and position. But, please be aware that our production team will have the final say on whether or not your design is feasible from a physical printing perspective (sizing, seam placement, etc).

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Ordering Online / One-Off T-Shirts:

(for orders under 15 units only)

Order Process:
- How do I order a one-off t-shirt with my design?
- How is it delivered?
- How much will it cost?
- How do I pay for my order?
- What's your refund & exchange policy?

Garments:
- What garment options do you offer?
- Which garments are suitable for my specific demographic?
- Can I bring my own garment in for printing?
- Can you print onto Children's t-shirts?
- What are the care instructions for my garment?

Stickers:
- What kinds of stickers do you offer?
- How can I use stickers I buy from Mabuzi?
- How is pricing calculated with stickers?

Design & Print Process:
- How many colours can you print?
- Can you print on dark fabrics?
- Can I upload my own design or photo?
- Do you have any designs that are pre-made & ready to order?
- What print process will be used for my order?
- Can your designer help me with my artwork?
- What can I do if I don't have artwork?

• How do I order a one-off t-shirt with my design?
Please see our Lab Assistant page for detailed instructions of how to complete your design through our lab. If you’re feeling impatient, you can also jump straight to the T-Shirt Lab and work it out as you go!

• How is it delivered?
Australia-wide delivery is by Express Post at $8.50 for 1 to 2 items and $12.50 for 3 or more items.
For overseas orders, we'll send them with Australia Post international air services.

• How much will it cost?
Your order cost will be calculated by the Lab automatically, based on the number of different artworks, print positions, your artwork sizes and number of garments in the order. Prices start at around $39.95 inc GST.

• How do I pay for my order?
If you place your order online, pay using the online payment gateway. If you don't have a credit card, save your artwork and you can pay by internet transfer or direct deposit into our bank account. We also provide the option for you to pay by phone.

• What garment options do you offer?
Please go to the T-Shirt Lab and click the “products” tab to view available colours, styles and sizes of garments. This page is updated as frequently as possible to reflect our current stock levels for these retail garments.

• Which garments are suitable for my specific demographic?
The mens & ladies lightweight t-shirts are an American Apparel style cut (longer body) with a fitted, lightweight feel. Sizing for these garments is made for the Australian market, but we do recommend you choose a size above if the recipient of the shirt is a little bulky, this should ensure a good fit.

Ladies Small corresponds to a size 10; Medium to a size 12; Large to a size 14; and Extra Large to a size 16.

All other garments are sized appropriately for a typical Australian demographic.

• Can I bring my own garment in for printing?
Yes, but you will not be able to place your order through the T-Shirt Lab if this is the case.
Please see our Retail Pricing, or drop by our showroom.

• Can you print onto children's t-shirts?
Yes, you will find a range of kids t-shirts available in the “Products” tab of our T-Shirt Lab.

• What kinds of stickers do you offer?
We offer a variety of different shaped stickers (circles, squares, rounded squares, stars, star bursts, ovals and bumper stickers) in sizes ranging from small (50mm diameter) to large (150mm diameter), excluding bumper stickers which range from 100x30mm to 280x80mm.

• How can I use stickers I buy from Mabuzi?
We print on sticker media that has been extensively tested on a variety of substrates and in a variety of conditions. Our sticker media can be applied easily to most substrates and removed cleanly up to one year after application. It is highly resistant to the weathering effects of humidity, moisture, extreme temperatures and solvents, making it ideal for effective indoor and outdoor promotion.

• How is pricing calculated with stickers?
Stickers are sold in set packs priced at $16.50 per pack. The quantity of stickers per pack depends on the size you select, as shown below:
Small - 30 stickers per pack;
Medium - 10 stickers per pack;
Large - 5 stickers per pack.

• How many colours can you print?
As many as you want! We can print anything from a simple one colour text print to a full-colour photographic image!

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• Can you print on dark fabrics?
Yes we can! For best results we recommend you avoid any “fade-outs” where the edge of your print is intended to blend to the shirt colour, as this type of print can look a little odd when printed as a digital transfer.

• Can I upload my own design or photo?
Yes you can. For instructions, check out our Lab Assistant page.

• Do you have any designs that are pre-made & ready to order?
Check out our Popular Designs page for some of our ready-to-order and frequently requested designs (ie. “Frankie Says Relax”, “I Heart NY”, “Vote for Pedro” & more)

• What print process will be used for my order?
Full-colour artworks are printed as full-colour CAD-cut digital transfers, and one-colour text & simple images will be printed as single colour CAD-Cut vinyl transfers.

• Can your designer help me with my artwork?
If you know what you’re after, we can help. Please check our Artwork & Design Services page for pricing & further information.

• What can I do if I don't have artwork?
Please see the relevant questions above for some suggestions:
- I don't have artwork ready - can you help me?
- Do you know of anywhere I can find free artwork?
- Can I find suitable artwork on Google?

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Larger Runs / Wholesale:

(for orders of 15 or more units only)

General:
- What's the minimum quantity for wholesale orders?
- What print methods are offered for wholesale orders?
- We're a not-for-profit organisation - do you offer discounts or sponsorship?
- Can you offer competitive pricing on orders over 1,000 units?
- Can you offer off-shore manufacture & printing?
- I can't find any promotional products on your website - do you offer them?

• What's the minimum quantity for wholesale orders?
The minimum quantity for wholesale pricing is 15 units, with further price breaks at 26, 51, 101, 251, 500, 750 and 1000+ units.

• What print methods are offered for wholesale orders?
All of them! Screen Printing, Embroidery, Digital Transfers, Vinyl Transfers & Direct to Garment Printing - plus a few extra options are available, depending on your desired quantity & intended result!

• We're a not-for-profit organisation - do you offer discounts or sponsorship?
Mabuzi has a fantastic history of sponsoring local events & charities, Such as the Sydney Film Festival, Sydney Roller Derby League, Sculpture by the Sea & The Chalk Urban Art Festival.  

If you wish to submit a proposal, feel free to forward it through to info@mabuzi.com. Please be aware that Mabuzi’s allocated sponsorship budget is in high demand and that preference is given to our long-standing clients, and to our existing commitment to the charities and events above. We do however, welcome new proposals & will inform you whether or not your application has been successful

• Can you offer competitive pricing on orders over 1,000 units?
Yes we can!  Please submit a quote request, along with your artwork, print sizes, positions, quantity & desired garment brand, style and colour (if known) to info@mabuzi.com for a custom-tailored quotation. We frequently deal with large wholesale requests and are confident we can provide a competitive solution for your budget.

• Can you offer off-shore manufacture & printing?
Yes, we do offer this service. We’ve recently worked on a series of large-scale jobs and have coordinated off-shore production & printing solutions to ensure budgets and lead times are met.
Contact us today – we pride ourselves on our realistic approach; letting you know what is possible, how much it will cost & when we can deliver it to you – ensuring everything arrives on time & to spec.

• I can't find any promotional products on your website - do you offer them?
Yes we do. With a wealth of promotional products at our fingertips (100,000 + items), we have chosen to limit our online catalogue to only a few of our more popular items. Contact us today & let us know what you’re after – we’ll find it and get you a quote as soon as we can!

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