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    • 2 posts
    June 11, 2010 7:58 PM EDT

    that shouldnt be an issue as there are many companies even ont he internet that are prociding custom packaging boxes of any shape and size

    packaging boxes

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    May 22, 2006 12:56 PM EDT

    For almost a year now, my wife and I have been selling art toys of my wife`s design on the internet.  These creatures are known as amigurumi (ah-mee-gah-roo-mee)- fancy Japanese word that essentially means cute, crocheted or knitted doll.  Click here to see some of her work. My wife has received alot of attention for her dolls including several gallery shows, an upcoming article in Make Magazine, various offers to lead amigurumi workshops and a even "how to" book deal with Lark Publishing.  
    So, as we start our second year as entreprenuers, we are looking for solutions and ideas to some of our more persistent problems. 

    In this post, we are looking for packaging solutions.

     This has been a problem from the very beginning.  Since the majority of our business is done over the internet, our packaging up until this point has been based around shipping supplies, laying a doll on a bed of packing paper in a USPS Priority Mail box and sealing it up with a short thank your note on a business card.  At upwards of $175.00 a doll though, this packing seems a bit crude.  The dolls come in a number of sizes - anywhere from 14" high to 3" high and weigh approx. a pound for the heaviest.   We`ve considered clear tubes or long envelopes  with  little windows, but anything we get will most likely have to be custom ordered.  And custom orders brings up another problem: finding reliable packaging suppliers who are willing to produce small runs of these goods. 
    Any ideas?
    Thanks in advance

    Tbakems - a wearer of many hats.

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    May 26, 2006 1:08 AM EDT
    Thanks for your help and encouragement everybody.  This place is pretty cool.

    Tbakems - a wearer of many hats.

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    May 22, 2006 5:40 PM EDT
    You could check out, they do - yes - wooden boxes in all shapes, sizes and can do custom boxes in short runs. You can also have your logo, name, etc branded or lasered into any side. They`re pretty reasonably priced but not as cheap as some solutions.

    For a smaller price tag - although not as nice looking as the boxes above - you could find a packaging supply company, get cardboard boxes in appropriate sizes and have labels made up at your local printer or ideally through a decent graphic design. If you used, say a red or blue box, and had a well designed label it would look fairly nice and not be too expensive.

    Perhaps you could find a clear box and have a designer/printer do a series of backing cards with die cuts to help hold the dolls in place. You can some pretty creative things with cards and die cutting.

    Third idea would be to get custom boxes made up at the size needed for the largest doll and using packing materials such as raffia to take up space as needed.

    Make sure whatever you do is reasonably well done as that will help create value for the dolls in the future.

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    May 25, 2006 8:44 AM EDT

    Great post and Congratulations on the success of your business.

    I have two ideas which could possibly help.  First I would look at the product as needing its own designed packaging as if it was going to be sold on the shelf of a store.  Then you wrap that package with the shipping material.  Its like the Tiffany box, if you order it online yes it would come in a UPS or USPS mail box, but inside that box would be the Tiffany box!

    Second, when I order book online by do not use packaging paper they have these air filled plastic baggies.  If you would like it not to be a mess when your customer opens the shipping package then I would recommend using these little air bags.  You could call UPS I am sure they could recommend where you could get some or at least see if they would work for you.

    Good Luck, I am going to check out your website.


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    May 25, 2006 6:02 PM EDT


    I have to tell you. What you and your wife have done is just totally too cool. I love `em. Finally somebody can buid a creature with character. The best expressions I`ve seen on something handmade since the classic Steiff puppet. Excellent ....just excellent.

    It would be criminal for your creations to be shipped in anything less than a premium container. They deserve the best and people that pay the price want the best that you can offer. Find some designers, get some quotes. This is a slam dunk.  Good for you. I hope you can make a lot of these things really fast.

    I love creativity in all forms. Seeing your creations really tugged at me deeply and I just thought I`d let you know that I think you have something very special on your hands. 

    I hope to be seeing them in high end gift boutiques soon!


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    November 30, 2011 3:08 PM EST


    We are a small start up packaging company which designs here in the US and produces in China.  We can work with you regarding minimums and the tooling charges in China are a fraction of what you would pay here. let us know if we can help!
    Qualiti USA

     What is your contact information? I too am a small start up ( Grizas, LLC) that creates electronic cases for kids ( ipad and iphone cases). I am in need of some cool custom boxes, tissues paper etc mostly for press kits, but I can not find anywhere that will let me order smaller quantities. For example I would love custome printed tissues paper with my logo

    ( but the minimum order is $900 usually) and that is a little more that what I am looking for.  If anyone has links or advice I would really love to hear them! Thanks!


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    August 21, 2008 11:24 AM EDT
    We are a small start up packaging company which designs here in the US and produces in China.  We can work with you regarding minimums and the tooling charges in China are a fraction of what you would pay here. let us know if we can help!
    Qualiti USA
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    December 11, 2011 3:32 AM EST

    Opt for a box to fit your largest doll, and use raffia, paper shred or printed tissue paper to take up the additional space.

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    December 12, 2011 9:21 AM EST

    well first i saw your wife work, its amazing are and doing great and secondly you can find the packaging solutions over the internet because here lots of online printing services companies working to give better quality packaging products at cheap prices. last time i got hundred packaging boxes for friends birthday over the internet purchasing, the company sent me at time all the items and the price was also very cheap with quality cardboard. i suggest just write packaging box suppliers and contact them about your query.

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    April 20, 2009 6:50 AM EDT
    The first question is where are you located?  My main job is distribution engineering, so I know the majority of companies  in this field in the US at least.  I can recommend some if you want to PM me and possibly they can help.  It will depend greatly on the number you need. 
    The bubble bags mentioned earlier are typically called air pillows.  They work out to about 2 cents per pillow.  However, you need a machine to fill and seal them and you buy the film by the roll.  Usually 75-125 dollars.  At 2 cents per bag, you get the idea.  Then, to get a free machine, you probably need to be using about 10 rolls or so a month.  I personally hate paper used as dunage because of dust and possible ink transport depending on what you are using.  Bubble wrap may be the easiest route to go if you are looking to protect.  newspapers are probably the cheapest route.
    Most supplying companies of corrugate and film and tape are basically middlemen.  They buy in bulk and will house until you need.  So, with that in mind, there is the possibility of getting on with a firm and finding a box size that works for you that they order for someone else.  Then, you just buy a pallet at a time if that is once a week, once a month or once a year. 
    Again it all depends on volume of needs.  Staples may be the help for where you really are, but over time if you can grow, then you`ll be looking at full packaging companies. 
    Good luck and good to hear of your success.
  • April 20, 2009 6:24 AM EDT
    I second  CalgaryPix`s suggestion. Opt for a box to fit your largest doll, and use raffia, paper shred or printed tissue paper to take up the additional space.

    Considering your situation, you`ll likely want to opt for printed labels. Hot stamping or ink printing would be great for getting your packaging noticed, but considering the small runs you need, it`s likely not cost effective.

    If you`re looking for small quantities of gift boxes, we do sell these in 50 count packs.

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    May 16, 2010 8:12 AM EDT

    You might want to consider using recycle material for your packaging. That way it sends a green message and might cut down your cost on packaging.

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    July 12, 2012 9:10 AM EDT


    My father is second in comand at a packaging company called Shand Higson & Co which sells packaging equiptment and also packs produce for its clients. The link for the site is here:

    Also I have a blog that keeps all clients up to date on the latest offers and newest products. The link for that is:

    I wish you and your wife good luck with your business.

    Good day!


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    November 30, 2011 8:00 PM EST

    If you need package ,you can contact with me .Our factory specializes in packaging  and shopping  products,such as bags( cotton bag ,laundry bag,paper bag etc.) ,box ,label ,tag ,etc


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    May 30, 2006 10:45 AM EDT

    Pkg and shipping has been my biggest nightmare!  It`s rediculous how expensive it can be.  Most companies want minimums and we`re not talking 25 boxes... it`s more like 150 boxes minimum.  If you`re needing special size boxes that require die cuts, then there are tooling charges involved.  With your products being smaller, it may not be as expensive... Pkg, for me, has been by far the most expensive investment in my business.

    Try to find a local distributor so you don`t have to pay for freight...

    Good luck! Marcy

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    December 3, 2012 5:35 PM EST

    Now a days dolls business is became more popular in the market. Today for packing gifts there is another method is available that is vaccum forming gift box, it is provides great security to the products.

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    December 3, 2012 9:57 AM EST

    You could also try Thornton Plastics. They sell small plastic vials that may fit your 3" dolls. They have rigid and pliable small plastic packaging solutions.


    You can find small plastic vials here!