Online Original Design T-Shirt Sales in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld

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Over the past five years, as the number of broadband internet connections rises, the potential pool of clients continued to expand. For these reasons, industry research firm IBISWorld has added a report on the Online Original Design T-Shirt Sales industry to its growing industry report collection.

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Industry operators will likely need to raise prices, which may deter demand.

Over the five years to 2014, the Online Original Design T-Shirt Sales industry is expected to soar. Operators in the industry sell T-shirts for men and women via company-owned online outlets (e-tailers). Demand for online original design T-shirts has been rising as consumers increasingly shop at e-tailers for the added convenience of shopping at home and the ability to compare prices at the click of a mouse. Moreover, industry operators are expected to benefit from a rise in the number of broadband connections, which will increase accessibility to industry operator's online storefronts. Despite these positive trends, the industry is expected to face some challenges that will likely hinder profit growth. For example, the world price of cotton, a major industry input, is expected to increase over the five-year period. As a result, industry operators will likely need to raise prices, which may deter demand, or absorb the costs themselves. Nevertheless, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to significantly grow at an annualized rate, lifted by an estimated increase in 2014.

There has been a growing trend toward utilizing a social commerce business model. For example, the industry's largest player, Threadless, utilizes this business model and has experienced significant success. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Brandon Ruiz, “Threadless crowdsources designs for apparel and has its online community vote on each design.” The company then prints T-shirts with the designs that received the highest reviews. “This new type of open sourced business model alleviates the risk associated with product development because each product produced already has inherent demand,” says Ruiz.

This industry exhibits a medium to high level of concentration, with the top four players generating the majority of industry revenue in 2014. In the five years to 2019, industry operators are expected to continue to expand, bolstered by a rising number of broadband connections and disposable income. As the number of broadband connections rises, the total pool of potential customers increases, benefiting industry operators. Additionally, rising disposable income levels are expected to increase consumer's propensity to purchase new T-shirts and other clothing items. Moreover, industry operators are expected to enter the growing mobile space to increase accessibility to their online storefronts. As a result of these trends, industry revenue is expected to increase at a high annualized rate of over the next five years.

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The Online Original Design T-Shirt Sales industry sells T-shirts for men and women via company-owned outlets online. These items are typically offered exclusively through the company's websites. Some websites require membership and send monthly T-shirt selections to members.

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