How much does tooling cost?

Tooling costs vary with the type of packaging being produced. Typically, printed item tooling can range from a few hundred dollars to a couple thousand dollars depending on the size, number up (number of packages made with a single impression) and complexity of the printed package. Thermoformed tooling is typically several thousand dollars; the average ranging from $3,000 – $6,000.

What is tooling?

Tooling is the required manufacturing components that alter raw materials into finished products in a repeatable way, such as printing plates that print the same images onto a multitude of cards, molds that form a multitude of clamshells in the same shape, and trim dies that make cuts in the same place on a multitude of parts. In most cases, tooling specialized to a specific product or product line is necessary, though we are always on the lookout for ways to consolidate tooling between similar products to reduce cost.

How much does packaging cost?

The cost of packaging is based on a number of factors including:

  • Package complexity
  • Materials used
  • Order quantity

We generally see a range of packaging prices between 2% and 10% of a products’ retail price with higher price-point items toward the lower end of the range.

Is there a correlation between packaging design and product sales?

There are many factors that determine product sales. Perhaps one of the most profound is the visual impact of your product packaging amid a sea of competitors. You only get one opportunity to draw your customer’s eyes to your product and only a few seconds to do it in—having a well-designed package with visual impact will set you apart from the competition. When seconds count, make your impact by collaborating with All About Packaging to design and produce your packaging.

What type of packaging would be best for my product?

Choosing the right packaging for your product can be a daunting task. Let one of our expert packaging sales engineers walk you through the process of choosing the right fit for your product. Our packaging experts will make recommendations based on your needs for product visibility, retention, graphics and budgetary constraints to achieve a solution that is best for your company.

What industries do you work with?

We work with nearly any industry that requires custom printed paperboard or thermoformed packaging. We are a one-stop solution for your complete packaging needs.

Do you print on plastics?

We partner with trusted outside suppliers to provide you with printed plastic solutions. All About Packaging can help coordinate with those suppliers on joint projects so you only have to deal with one point of contact.

What types of plastic do you use?

We stock PET (recycled and virgin) and PVC (recycled, virgin and impact modified) thermoplastics in a variety of gauges. We can thermoform nearly all, widely available thermoplastics. Contact us with your thermoforming needs and we will find a solution.

What are your standard lead-times?

Lead-times vary depending on the complexity of your packaging project. Standard lead-times for printed items are 2-3 weeks; for thermoformed items 3-5 weeks. We work with our customers to deliver high-quality packaging within reasonable time frames and strive to deliver each package with an exceptional level of service that you will come to expect from All About Packaging.

What size orders do you run?

We have low minimum-run order quantities so we can service all your custom packaging needs. From 500 to 500,000 pieces, All About Packaging is your trusted supplier for custom packaging.




61 Texaco Road
Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

Phone: (717) 766-1578

Email: cs@plastecproducts.com