skievlan wrote:Woot is the difference between the aa shirts and that other one. Wait.. can it really be that obvious? Tell me because I don't know what to do. Too many choices.
If you feel like reading a lot, here are three threads in which fellow Wooters have chimed in on:
American Apparel or Anvil? For A Limited Time, Take Your Pick
Time to Change Our Shirt: Shirt.Woot Now Using Anvil Blank Tees
Let's Talk Lady Sizes
If you don't feel like reading through all that, then here's my perspective:
- Manufacturing: American Apparel (AA) shirts are made in the USA from fabric knitted by themselves in the USA - Los Angeles, CA to be specific; wages start at $12/hour. Anvil shirts are made in Honduras or Nicaragua from fabric knitted by themselves in Honduras; wages are about $8/day.
- Sizing, length: Anvil shirts start off shorter and shrink more; my experience is 2.5% shrinkage when line dried and 10% after a couple trips through the dryer. AA shirts start off longer and shrink less - <1% line dried, 2.5% dryer.
- Sizing, width: Both start off about the same. AA will tighten up a slight bit, Anvil will loosen up a slight bit. For a pictorial comparison on both these aspects, click here; both are size men's large - the AA shirt underneath is over a year old, the Anvil is less than 6 weeks.
- Cut, sleeves: Anvil is a cut larger and longer versus AA.
- Cut, neck line: Anvil is cut much much wider than AA; here are a couple pics.
- Cost: Wholesale, Anvil shirts cost less than AA, hence the difference in your purchase price.
- Feel: This is subjective, but I find the Anvil shirts to lose some softness after a few washes. By no means do I find them "like sandpaper", though.
- Overall: Everybody is different, and there are enough differences between the two that would sway the consumer towards one or another.
On a personal note, I will GLADLY pay the extra dollar for the AA shirts (which retail for $18, blank).
For everyone, remember to pay attention to the sizing charts!