Top 7 Key Components of Custom Boxes Price Quotes


When we list the price for our product packaging, our first inclination is to compare the price according to the price. In the custom packaging industry, this approach is incomplete. Choosing a vendor based entirely on the price per quantity can be very unwise as many factors determine the quality and price contained in a typical price. Here are 7 key components of Quote for Packaging when evaluating price references for packaging, especially when comparing multiple vendors’ prices.

  1. Price per quantity

This is obvious. Sometimes a seller can give you a price break if you only order a few more units. Be sure to ask each shopkeeper where their “sweet spot” is. You may be surprised that just calling one thousand or more hundred companies, the final price per unit can be pretty low. And of course, when comparing quotes from multiple sellers, make sure that the amount they are quoting is the same (sorry, I had to say this).

  1. Content

The price tag should always list the type of material, thickness/caliper, color, coatings, etc. This is especially important when comparing prices from the seller to seller. A low price may mean that very cheap material is used. For example, say you are looking for a custom folding carton, and you will get three prices from separate vendors, two are about the same price, but one reference is dramatically cheaper. Look at the content. You will often find that if you do not specify it, a retailer cites a different container because it may be the most used content at their convenience or just your lower reference. Want to be this does not mean that cheap materials may not work for you, but sometimes cheap goods are not worth it and may not be available in the retail market.

  1. Tooling

These fees are usually separate from the unit cost and are usually a “one-time fee” for your current form/artwork of packaging. And if you ever reorder (in the same order), then this tooling fee will not apply to your future orders unless something changes, i.e., in the packaging’s dimensions. Such tooling dyes, foil dyes, embossing dyes or color plates, colored cylinders, etc., can die. Sometimes tooling is also included because some users like to know the value of other projects – in other words, “bottom line.” So be careful here. Some tooling costs (depending on the type of packaging you need) can be very high. But if you plan to stick with a particular vendor and you will face a lot of borders, the tooling cost may be less critical when it spreads over time.

  1. Accurate price date

The cost of raw material that packaging manufacturers often need to run their business adjust often. Between the quoted time and the time you make the purchase, the price for raw material manufacturers may change. They usually do not apply the updated charges to you until they reach a certain level and can no longer afford the cost of the increase. Price quotes often apply for only 30 days. After that and until you place an order, don’t be surprised if the unit cost goes up. Often, even if you plan to rearrange the same custom boxes every few months, you will receive a new price tag that can be more or less the same. So if you plan to make a lot of adjustments, it may be beneficial to order a “blanket” purchase, where the unit cost is periodically locked in, say a year, and the components are purchased in bulk and Only placed for your order.

  1. FOB (“Free on Board” or “Freight on Board.”)

It tells you who is paying for shipping or freight. If the reference refers to the FOB as “the destination of your city,” then the shipping unit is included in the cost. If shipping is not included, the FOB price will be quoted as “Factory City Location,” in which case you will need to pay extra for shipping (on top of unit cost and tooling fee). In my experience, out-of-state or out-of-state truck shipping costs can often be unpredictable. To get the freight cost, palette information is required, and there is no automatically known detail during the delivery. If you need to know the goods for budgeting reasons, ask them to include it as an estimate so you have an idea of ​​what to expect.

  1. Overs

“Over” and “understanding” are annoying to buyers but essential to manufacturers. Product packaging manufacturing has a margin error of 10 margins and sometimes up to 30%, depending on the manufacturer type. It is usually not included in the price at the ٪ ten price tag. If you don’t want an over, 10% will be added to the unit cost anyway – there’s no escaping it. That way, at the very least, you are guaranteed the right amount of your order or a little extra (up to 10%). This should be decided in advance, and you will have to pay up to 10% for overs (additional product) before the order arrives or after the job is completed. It’s all about manufacturing, and many things can and do happen during production – don’t give your seller a hard time paying for them. Instead, understand that they are part of the process.

  1. Printing method

If your buy packaging needs custom printing, make sure you know ​​what type of printing the manufacturer is going to use. Printing methods dramatically change the structure of prices when comparing prices, but each printing method has its strengths and weaknesses, and costs. For example, lithography is known for higher quality prints than flexography. Lithography uses most of our printed retail packaging the same printing method, while most of our shipping boxes (corrugated boxes) use flexography.