Now, I’m not picking on Hanes, but they’re clearly one of the biggest innerwear (undershirts, underwear, socks) manufacturers on the planet.
This isn’t exclusive to Hanes either.
Look at this email I received recently:
Subject: Basic T-Shirts 100% Cotton GSM 140
100% Cotton GSM 140
MOQ 50,000 pcs
Price US $ 0.85 per pc FOB Karachi (Pakistan)
300,000 pcs per month for next 5 months period at same price.
Sizes Small – 2XL
Please advise if interested. Best Regards, Darren
So, if this plant in Pakistan can offer lightweight t-shirts at $0.85 each, with a minimum order quantity of 50,000 pcs, how much do you think it costs the big guys to manufacture undershirts of roughly the same (or lighter) weight?
Even at 300,000 pieces per month, that’s only 3,600,000 t-shirts per year.
Considering how many people there are in the world, and how many t-shirts/undershirts each person buys on average, our friends over at Hanes, Fruit of the Loom, Gildan, Costco, etc. have to be making boat loads of t-shirts and/or undershirts.
$0.85 per t-shirt. Wow.