At that scale, you want to…
- Keep it all under 1 brand to reduce design expense
- Keep labels all the same size and paper type, so they can be gang-run. Use a standard size— don’t insist on anything custom.
I think labels will cost you under $1. It costs practically the same amount of total money to buy 5,000 labels as 1,000, so you may as well to get unit costs substantially lower.
Why? There’s a minimum amount of profit printers need to make on a job. At your scale, you’re paying them to set-up machines, prepare files, etc. you’re not paying for paper and ink. You can get label costs down to $.01 at scale.
We love LightningLabels. Talk to them. At your scale, it may be best to use VistaPrint. Or SmartPress.
For packaging, start with MarijuanaPackaging. Everything on MP and more can be found on Alibaba / AliExpress but shipping will take longer and it’s a more intense process (Alibaba, at least).
For faster shipping & lower MOQ’s, look at DHGate, specifically for listings with free DHL shipping. You can add ‘free dhl’ to your search query.
For bags, check out ClearBags.com
I can connect you with an international-based designer who does great work for cheap. Probably $50 per label design depending how complicated you make it and what kind of design assets you have already. That’s stupid cheap.
Or, you can find your own highly talented but stupid cheap international designer on Behance (search for products like yours and find profiles of designers making designs you like), or using 99designs. I found mine on 99designs.
You may have come to the conclusion already that trying to do too many SKU’s too early is a mess… economies of scale don’t work for you here.
Product selection is an expensive key value proposition. Focus on other value adds. Do 1 thing really well and add more items as revenue and team grows.
If this is more for fun / it’s not about profit for you, ignore those last 2 bits and do what you want.