Don’t buy your Custom Snapback Hats from Alibaba.com…

A lot of people who wants to get in the game of selling there own Snapbacks tend to always be lead to China Manufacturers – Specifically Alibaba.com. In face, even when we 1st started getting our own Snapbacks made we started with Alibaba/China.
Understand something, China is the counterfeit king of the world. They are Charlatan minded. They may sell you products that “look good”, but its with inferior material and understanding.
It’s a must to understand, mostly all products are made in China. But, that’s because Big Companies by factories there with High Quality Machinery to make there High Quality Products. They do it for the cheap labor. But these companies are exclusive to there own brands.

We’ve loss $1000s of dollars dealing with inferior hat factories out of China. They just don’t have there shit together. There’s 3 highly possible things that can happen when trying to get your caps made in China/Alibaba.
1. You see hats you like, you buy, when you get them they will be small ass fuck! It’s fitted for childrens heads. They are notorious for making very small hats. Makes me wonder is it because Chinese people are small headed.
2. You may be apprehensive in dealing with them so you get a sample hat. It’s actually nice. But once you do your full order. They’ll be different than your sample hat.
3. They not really a hatmaking company. They a trade company and when they get your money they’ll go to a factory they know of and get your bullshit looking hat.

Please understand, this post is specifically for the people who are on Alibaba. Most of Alibaba suppliers are traders and you can find the same hats on every suppliers page. They often showcase branded hats like New Era as well. If you do business on that site. Proceed with extreme caution.
Overall, this isn’t an attack post on China or it’s inhabitants.It’s those Charlatans who are not to be trusted.
Most Big Hat Companies in the game (New Era and Mitchell and Ness) have hats made there. When you can find a decent hatmaking company in America. More than likely they own there own factories somewhere in China.
Out of all the Premium High Quality Hatmaking companies we’ve did business with. They don’t offer there business on Alibaba for good reasons.
And just to close, currently, our hats are Made in China. But not by a Alibaba supplier. We stomping with the Big Dogs —
dont buy your snapback hats off alibaba

Top – 5 Snapback Hat Manufacturers

If you’ve made it to this post in hopes of designing your very own snapback headwear. Be prepared for some hard truths mingled with pros and cons. In one of my previous posts, I eluded to the fact that the Snapback Game is expensive.
Furthermore, if you do a Google Search on let’s say Custom Snapback Hats, Headwear Manufacturer, or Snapback Hatmakers, etc. You’re not gonna get a strong list of companies that can provide you with good quality service. But if you do find a couple, it’s gonna be a bullshit 1-person ran company making you low quality shitty hats from his basement, let alone brokering hats from China.
This post is for the smaller retail shops, websites, and people who trying to get custom snapback hats made.
Not only do we get our hats custom made. But we have been researching, googling, and communicating with a great number of Snapback Hat Manufacturers so we’ll like to give you a strong list of the Top – 5 Snapback Hat Manufacturers in the game. We’ll count em down from 5 (being the least) to 1 (being the greatest).
We’re basing this list on Quality of there product and Price, Feel free to breathe deep before the read:

 

5. New Era Hats:
Yes, The Market Leader, The Grand Daddy of Snapback Hats with its insane high quality has garnered the lowest position on this list. You can go into any store or online and buy New Era Hats and even make your own on there website New Era By You. But that’s where the bill ends. You’re making an already established sports team hat and its already established. For instance, you can custom make a Chicago Bulls hat to your like. You can choose ya different color schemes and all but it’s no originality if you want to create YOUR own hat with YOUR own design. In fact, New Era will tell you, there custom work is for Sports Team only. So if you a coach or something and gotta baseball team. They’ll assist you. But not the Kid who wants his own shit! Besides, who wouldn’t want there own design with New Era’s Crazy High Quality?

4. CustomSnapbacks.com:
Now this guy work is relative to all the other guys who sell below premium hats. In fact, group all the other mediocre websites you see along with this one. They all belong in this #4 position. This guy can embroider after market snapback hats. He’s in business and making some change but he can’t rock with the Big Boys. His embroidery quality is subpar. I mean, he can do up some hats with letters and simple designs. He don’t have the capacity to customize panels, eyelets, brims, underbrim, snapbacks, and screenprinting. He basically buy wholesale blank snapbacks and embroider on them. But when shitz need to be 100% customized, detailed, and of the highest crisp and clean embroidery. He can’t meet your top expectations. Hopefully, in the future he’ll make enough money to invest in a Superior Quality Barudan Embroidery machine. Cuz I do like this guy. Cool cat!

3. Alibaba.com
Now, Alibaba has 1000 of Trading/Manufacturing Companies claiming they do Superior Quality Snapbacks. But tread VERY lightly when dealing with these people. They from China, the counterfeit mecca of the world. If you want to seek a Snapback Hat maker then you really have to do your homework with them. When we 1st started getting out own Snapback Hats made we got burned twice by Alibaba Suppliers claiming they got good quality hats. The 1st time, the hats were actually nice, good embroidery by the photos they showed us. But by the time the 50 hats made it to us they were for the size of toddlers. The 2nd time, they had pics of hats they claimed they produced. We ordered, and got one of the world worst products known to man. But we did eventually find a legitimate Alibaba Supplier that created for us good quality hats. The key is to research the suppliers. Dont get fooled by the hats on there pages. Also, mostly all big companies (New Era, Mitchell and Ness) get there hats manufactured in China.

2. Pukka Inc.
Pukka Inc. is a diamond in the rough in the Custom Snapback Hats world. They totally understand the individual thats on a tight budget. They cater to the independent Headwear Brand. They offer Low minimums and high variety. I like them because of that. Mostly companies minimums be 100+, but there’s is 24 and 48 with High Quality Fully Customized Hats. Maybe you want to start out with a few hats to test the markey, different designs and colors and all, Well, look no further than Pukka.

1. RKDCo.
Now there’s only one thing I want you to know about RKD, “SUPREME QUALITY!”. Now if you want to get serious about your Snapback Brand then look into RKD. The quality of their hats rival the great New Era. Full customization. They literally give you a blank canvas. Anything you can imagine about hats, they can create it for you. Custom panels, eyelits, brims, snapbacks, screenprinting, the possibilities are endless with these guys.
They use the Highest Quality of Barudan Embroidery Machines. I cannot stress enough how superior there quality is. Crisp and clean embroidery.
However, you get what you pay for. They a little expensive in our opinion. They don’t give an opportunity of low minimums and various designs. In fact, there minimum is 100 hats per 1 design. The cost is between $7.99 to $16.99/per hat. So if you deal with them you coming off more than $1,000. Setup costs also may be included. I don’t know how your “Return on Investment” and “Profit Making” will look with dealing with these guys.
For the most part, Rkd deal with Big Companies like Redbull, Monster Drink, Sport Racing etc. Companies that can afford there prices. They don’t have a division of business dealing with smaller guys/companies. But hey, if you have a few $1,000s of dollars laying around. These ae the guys you looking for!

Snapback Hats Business is expensive

I’m making this post because a lotta cats see our Success and they ask “Is selling hats worth it?”, “Can I snapback hats business is expensivestart selling hats”, “Does selling hats make real money”?’
If I had a nickel for everytime such a question was asked I’ll be rich by now. Allow me to open ya mind. Hustlers sell just about any and everything. A direct familiar hustle of legit hustlers is the T-Shirt Game. Cats have came up selling T-Shirts and even I, myself sell them. It’s an easy hustle.
But have you ever heard of a nigga selling his own hats? No, you haven’t and it’s a reason for that. If you interested in creating your own line of Snapbacks then you better come to the game with over 5-figures because these Hat Manufacturing companies out here are not flexible.
Just about all of them have minimums of at least 100 hats per 1 design. Each hat will cost you on average $8 dollars. So thats $8×100=$800. Some have setup fees (threads/machines and shit), About $50. So at the least you coming off at least $1,000 for 100 hats. All these hats gotta be the same design.
In true business, you order low product and test it on the market. If it sells, you order more. So lets say you order them 100 hats n you dont have a following or customer base let alone crowds of folks you can promote too. Now here you are with 100 hats. Now if you a eal hustler you’ll get em off in time but on the contrary, A real hustler still wants faster money.
So now you may be asking. Why is the minimum so big? Well, Chloe over at Rkdco says Hat Manufacturers have assembly lines setup. When you create a design and want to put it on a hat. If goes from a computer. Setup has to be done. Threads and shit. To material used people. To cutting people. To sewing people. To embroidery people. To constructing people. To Quality Agents people. It’s an assembly.
So if you an up and coming wannabe Hat Pusher then you have to realize that small orders are not cost effective for Hat Production Lines in a warehouse. But, a Big But!, If you are a smart businessman you would designate an area of your facility to short runs. 25-50hats. Don’t turn away an enthused, driven, up-n-coming Hustler of hats. Because if you gets 100s of us. Then you making your big Money and annihilating your competition.

So that is one of the main reasons you don’t see cats selling hats with there own design. Hat manufacturers alienates. Most these Hat Manufacturers are in/from China and even they are hard-up about doing real business with startups.

So that’s the lowdown at the moment. Checkout our Snapback Hats on SkichDesigns.com