The Gildan 5000 Heavy Cotton t-shirts and the Hanes Heavyweight 5280 t-shirts, now known as the Hanes Comfort Soft, are the cheapest first quality basic t-shirts you can find at and below $2/ea. There are a couple of other brands that fill out this market niche like Jerzee and Fruit of the Loom. The average weight is approx 5-6 oz. cotton per square inch and the thread count is typically 18-24/1 open-ended cotton, so they aren't as soft as the more expensive shirts. click on the items shown below to place your order.