CustomInk > Blog

Can I Pay With a Purchase Order?

by Michael Grunseth

in At Your Service

Custom T-Shirt Purchase Order

Before I worked at CustomInk, I had no idea what a Purchase Order actually was. I thought it was like pointing at something you wanted to buy and saying “I demand to buy that!” Fortunately, I know better now.  If you are part of a school or a large organization, POs can make ordering a whole lot easier.

A Purchase Order (or PO to its friends) is a contract agreed on by a buyer (you) and a seller (CustomInk) outlining the “what” and “how much” of an order. The PO holds the place of actual payment until after the goods (like t-shirts or koozies) are delivered, and then a bill is sent over.

POs are a great option for customers who work in large organizations because they allow for work to begin on the order while avoiding delays caused by the red tape of a billing office. At CustomInk, we accept POs from customers at schools or when in association with the government.

I suggest calling your billing or payments office (if you’re with the government or a school) to check out how the process works at your organization.  If you have any questions for us about Purchase Orders or any other form of payment, give us a call at 1 800 293 4232.

About the Author - Michael Grunseth

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Adam Levine January 30, 2015 at 2:52 pm


You can certainly buy one shirt. Here’s a list of all our products available with no minimum:

However you would most likely not be able to use a Purchase Order. But feel free to give our Sales/Service team a call at 800-293-4232 to find out. Have a great day!

David January 29, 2015 at 11:25 pm

I was wondering can I buy just one shirt for myself to wear? Or is this site only for like buying for entire teams?

Adam Levine April 30, 2014 at 10:02 am

Hi Ashley,

Thanks for visiting Customink.

Someone from our Sales/Service team will be reaching out today to help you out. Best of luck!

Ashley Chen April 28, 2014 at 5:52 pm


I was wondering if it is possible to sell our custom designed shirts on your website. I’m trying to make club shirts that can be purchased by anyone in my state. Because most of those people will be other clubs from other schools, they will need to use a purchase order. So is it possible to have an option to have other people purchase the design on your website?

Adam Levine December 14, 2012 at 10:28 am

Hi Shannen,

Thanks for visiting! We are happy to take checks as a form of payment, as long as your school will write one on your club’s behalf.

What I’d recommend doing is once your design is ready and you’ve collected your sizes, give us a call at 800-293-4232 and one of our friendly t-shirt ambassadors should be able to get you all set up with a pending order. Then you can provide that pending order number to your school office and they can choose the payment method they’d like to use (whether that is a physical check, PO, or other form of payment).

We look forward to working with you!

Shannen Acedillo December 13, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Hello, I’m a club president and I would like to buy shirts for the members. We usually have to deposit our money to the school and then request a disbursement for things we need to buy, in this case, the shirts. Can the school write a check to Customink? or is the process different and we would need to get a PO?

Adam October 12, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Theresa, thanks for visiting! It’s fairly simple. Just place your order once you’ve got your design and sizes finalized, then at the checkout screen choose the PO option. Once you do that, you’ll receive instructions to fax CustomInk a copy of the purchase order for verification before we begin processing your order. If you need help obtaining the purchase order from your school, I suggest you goto your school’s administration office. Let us know if you have further questions by emailing

Theresa Carroll October 12, 2012 at 8:20 am

Hi so I was planning on purchasing shirts for my high school’s fall play and i was wondering how the PO process would work?

Melissa Butler June 9, 2011 at 4:12 pm

thank you so much ^_^

Michael Grunseth June 8, 2011 at 10:25 pm

Hi Melissa! I’m sorry about the delay in replying. Due to the quick nature of our turnaround time, and the amount of money at stake, we do only allow schools and government organizations to used PO’s because of their greater reliability and ties to larger institutions.

However, we can definitely still take credit, debit, or even electronic checks (for US customers) from any of our customers.

Thanks for commenting!

Melissa Butler May 31, 2011 at 2:23 am

I would like to know if you own your own business, would it be possible to do Purchase Order still? please let me know. Thank you.

Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: