Pre-production Sample

Pre-Production Samples

Pre-production samples are samples of your packaging printed using production facilities. It's equivalent to going into a production run for 1 unit of packaging, which is why it's the most expensive sample type. However, Pre-production Samples are the ideal choice if you need to see the exact outcome of your packaging before starting on bulk order.

What's Included

Since a Pre-production Sample uses production facilities, all of the following features can be included:

✔️Custom size
✔️Custom material
✔️Print (CMYK, Pantone, and/or white ink)
✔️Finishes (e.g. matte, glossy)
✔️Add-ons (e.g. foil stamping, embossing)

Deliverables

For each Pre-production Sample, you will receive:

✅ 1 dieline* of the Pre-production Sample
✅ 1 Pre-production Sample delivered to your doorstep

*Note: dielines for inserts are only provided as part of our structural design service.

Process & Timeline

Generally, Pre-production Samples take 9-13 days to complete and 7-10 days to ship.

1. Specify requirements
Choose the packaging type and define the specs (e.g. size, material).

2. Place order
Place your sample order and make payment in full.

3. Create dieline (2-3 days)
We'll create the dieline for you to add your artwork to.

4. Send artwork
Add your artwork to the dieline and send it back to us for approval.

5. Create sample (7-10 days)
The sample will be printed based on the artwork file you've sent over.

6. Ship sample (7-10 days)
We'll send photos and mail the physical sample to your specified address.

Cost

Pre-production Samples are available for all packaging types.

Cost per Sample*
Packaging Type
Custom quote
Tissue paper, cardboard tubes, foam insert.

*The cost per sample may be subject to change depending on final specifications and complexity.
**Pre-production Samples of custom box inserts are available if you provide us with a dieline of the insert. If you don't have a dieline for your insert, we can provide this as part of our structural design service.

Reimbursement Policy

If you place a production order where the specifications and artwork designs are identical to the Pre-production Sample you ordered, you are eligible for a reimbursement of the Pre-production Sample fee. Here are the reimbursement terms for each Pre-production Sample purchased:

Reimbursement
Criteria
50% of the sample fee
Minimum order value of USD 5,000 (excluding shipping) per packaging type & design, and minimum volume of 1000 units per packaging type & design.
100% of the sample fee
Minimum order value of USD 10,000 (excluding shipping) per packaging type & design, and minimum volume of 2500 units per packaging type & design.

For example, if you've purchased 2 identical Pre-production Samples with the same artwork, you will need to meet the reimbursement criteria twice in order to get a full reimbursement for both samples (i.e. packaging order value of USD 10,000 x 2 and 2500 units x 2).

Revisions & Redesigns

Before placing an order for a Pre-production Sample, please double check the specifications and details of your sample are what you're looking for us to produce. Changes in scope and artwork after the sample has been created will come with additional costs.

Type of Change
Examples
Revision (no additional fees)
  • The box lid is too tight and it's hard to open the box
  • The box doesn't close properly
  • For inserts, the product is too tight or too loose in the insert
Redesign (additional sample fees)
  • Changing the packaging type
  • Changing the size
  • Changing the material
  • Changing the artwork
  • Changing the finish
  • Changing the add-on