Frequently Asked Questions


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We are very speedily becoming a leading source for stock size die cut boxes that can be custom printed with YOUR name, logo, information, return address, etc. The images included in this post show off two of our most popular products sizes that have been custom printed to make a beautiful and unique look.

What’s the benefit of using a product’s size?

We are ready to save our clients time and money if we can avoid manufacturing a cutting die and are ready to use one of the dies we already have on hand. Depending on a number of variables, a new cutting die for a box of this type can cost $500 to $800. What is at times even more notable is that utilising an already made die protects time, in most cases a minimum of one week.

What if your available products sizes are not right for my product?

Please keep in mind what we show on our store as our “products” sizes are just a small sampling of what we have available. Not all boxes we’ve made are attractive enough to justify attaching or keeping them in stock. In addition, we also have access to a large inventory of “readymade” dies that we can use for you. As we always recommend, if you don’t see the size you want or require, please ask.

Isn’t it less expensive to print boxes that are already made and die cut?

Corrugated boxes that are already made are not “imprinted,” which is actually printing them after they are made. Corrugated board is typically “pre-printed” & then it is cut or converted into boxes. Most people don’t realize ALL custom printed boxes are run “custom” or separate. The second little-known fact is that it is not as difficult as many “product box sellers” often make it sound.

How can I reduce the cost of my printed boxes?

Custom-printed 9×6.5×2.75 product corrugated boxes

Custom-printed 9×6.5×2.75 product corrugated boxes

In spite of popular belief, two-colour printing is not a lot more valuable than one colour, so if that is going to make your boxes stand out, go for it. The number of colours, ink coverage and even board weight & standard will make a minor difference, but nothing impacts price like setting up time. As I often tell our clients, “Ink is reasonable, but set time is not.” Set up time is usually a fixed price and it is amortized over the length of the run. The larger the run, the lower the impact of the setup cost. Conversely, the shorter the run, the higher the impact of that same set up required.

The best way to reduce the price is to order more of them. People are often surprised when they discover that they can purchase, for example, 2,000 custom printed packaging boxes for not a whole lot more than, let’s say, 500 of the same packaging boxes.

What about lead time? I am already late on my project!

We can’t tell you how many times we have heard that question, followed by that particular comment. We see people buying plain, unprinted boxes because they believe they don’t have time to custom print them.

Assuming we don’t need to create a cutting die, we can almost guarantee you shipment in 4 to 6 days, and that includes for the making of printing plates. BTW, repeat orders that have plates already made almost always ship in a week.

When you specialize in something like custom-printed products boxes size, you tend to become very good at it, and we are. Please don’t hesitate to contact Packaging PAPA so we can show you what we can do for you.