How-To

How to Spend Less Than $2 Per Shipment on Custom Packaging

Whether your business is big or small, you have the resources to ship like you mean it. Without resorting to run-of-the-mill packaging, you can ship exceptional packages from your living room or fulfillment department. It's all about mixing custom and blank materials to create a polished packaging system for every stage of your brand. To give you an idea of how to build your packaging within your budget, we’re breaking down the numbers. 

10 – 100

orders per month

Blank standard box $0.63
Rubber stamp $0.60
Crinkle filler $0.20
Blank gummed tape $0.01
Thermal label $0.01
Total per box $1.45

Stamped boxes and shipping necessities: approx $145 buy-in

No matter how big your business gets, the faithful rubber stamp is a tool that will go far in your packaging. When you’re starting out and shipping less than 100 packages per month, use your stamp on boxes and mailers to customize them as you go. Minimum blank box orders start at 25 pieces. Mailers start at 200 pieces for kraft and 100 for poly. Stock up on tape, filler material, and labels, and you'll be ready to ship for less than $200 per month. The stamp pays for itself after the first month and will hold up for thousands of impressions in the future.


100 – 500

orders per month

Blank standard box $0.63
Letterpress notecard $0.82
Crinkle filler $0.20
Custom gummed tape $0.03
Thermal label $0.01
Total per box $1.69

Custom tape on blank boxes with custom cards: approx $1,000 buy-in

If your arm is getting tired and you’re stamping late into the night, you’re probably shipping higher volumes. Awesome! Maybe it's time for a switch to a quicker way to customize. We love custom tape because it takes care of branding your boxes, while also sealing them. It’s an easy swap in your packaging lineup with a low minimum entry point at just 10 rolls for gummed tape and 36 rolls for packing tape. Now that you’re building a solid reputation for your brand and gaining new customers, you can think about adding a letterpress notecard as a personal touch. It goes a long way to build trust and thank your growing community.


500+

orders per month

Custom box $1.17
Letterpress notecard $0.60
Custom tissue paper $0.09
Blank gummed tape $0.01
Thermal label $0.02
Total per box $1.89

Custom boxes with custom tissue and notecards: approx $2,700 buy-in

When you’re shipping by the thousand, custom boxes may be your next step. Pro tip: standard and premium boxes only need one strip of tape. You can go back to using your blank tape and fill your box with custom tissue for an experience that’s extra special. In flood coated color, these boxes make a brilliant first impression on any doorstep and bring some more polish to your brand. Minimums for custom boxes start at 1,000 pieces.


We're always building our packaging collection so you can pick the best materials for each stage of your brand. Use our free Concierge service to get your own custom dashboard full of potential packaging solutions.

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