Ever Wonder How Hanes Can Sell $3 Undershirts?

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.

Three (3) Hanes V-Neck Undershirts. Cost: $7

Anyone who sells undershirts or t-shirts for a few bucks (Costco, Fruit of the Loom, Gildan, Harriton, etc.) would fall into this category.

Look at this email I received recently:

Subject: Basic T-Shirts 100% Cotton GSM 140

White T-Shirts


Sweat Proof Undershirts

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.


Sweat Proof Undershirts

7 thoughts on “Ever Wonder How Hanes Can Sell $3 Undershirts?”

  1. Just came across the site and it’s just what i was looking for. Personally, a t should serve a few purposes like sweat control, not baggy or fitted under dress shirts – but the most important is to avoid DINGY COLLAR! Men wear $800 suits, $100 dress shirts, and $300 shoes. Having a t shirt or collar that isn’t absolutely pristine screws the entire thing up. They are just a few bucks each – less than a cup of coffee.

    • heya darren, thanks for stopping by my site and sharing your thoughts!

      i totally agree with you — in fact, i’m pretty sure i wrote something similar a while back talking about how much money we spend on our outer clothes, but have a hard time spending a few bucks on our inner clothes.

      in my opinion, we should be ok spending a little more on our innerwear since it’s the closest thing to our skin and is a critical (probably the most important) factor in whether or not we stay comfortable.

  2. Hey Tug,

    Those Adidas undershirts you told me about, Adidas told they discontinued the style.

    So I went to try the Alfani a-shirts, I LOVE THEM!!!


  3. Yep welcome to retail/wholesale prices.
    As a note you also have to include shipping (not just to the US but to your store or location),buying licence, taxes, storage etc. If you want to add personal details like branding its more.

    The Big guys might get bulk discounts but roughly this rate too maybe a few more cents off but not much more. They just buy a TON (literally, tons) of them and all the above issues (shipping , taxes etc) are already in place.

    • heya tony — yeah, definitely need to add-in all those other costs related to getting product into the united states and to their final destination.

      i just recently learned that gildan makes a half-a-billion t-shirts per year. that’s 500,000,000 (five hundred million), or 41,666,666 per month. at that volume, their cost to make a t-shirt has to be really, really low.


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