Coloured polythene is more expensive than white. And a heavier duty bag is obviously going to cost you more than a flimsy mass-produced one. What you have to consider is the kind of image you want - and can afford to - project.
All of these carriers are available in three gauges: light, medium and heavy. Medium is recommended for general use.
- Prices will vary but one manufacturer quoted from around £4 for a box of 100 bags.
- If you have specific requirements for logo and colours, a manufacturer will give you a customised quote. This will be based on the number of colours (usually up to five or six) and type of bag used (eg: duffel bag, clip closed or patch handle).
Bear in mind that the first order will be the most expensive, since the manufacturer will have to make the printing plates. After this the plates will be ready to use whenever you place a new order. There will probably be a minimum order but in the interests of economy, and in the long term this makes sense for both you and the manufacturer.
- If you anticipate a high turnover of bags, you don't have to just settle for plain white. As they are ordered in bulk (in 1000s rather than 100s) and are generally of a simpler shape they can work out to be good value. Simple vest carriers (such as are used in DIY shops, local bakers etc) might cost 15p each or looped carriers for 12p-20p.
Paper bags might not be as practical in the rain, but they look and feel more luxurious - this is an image that suits an up market food stall or gift shop. Inevitably, this is where the price starts to go up.
The design and colours may be more limited but a more elegant finish should probably be a less 'busy' design. You will also be guided by a minimum order - probably around 500. For example prices for a string twisted handle bag might range between 30p and 70p each depending on size and colour(s).
It's good to support British industry but the sad fact is that in bag terms it will cost you more to go to a manufacturer here. Carriers made in Europe and even more so in the Far East are much cheaper, particularly when mass-produced.
For example, a top of the range luxury roped carrier might cost up to £2 to produce in the UK whereas a similar item can be made for less than 70p in the Far East.
Taking into account all these decisions, costs and negotiations, you might well come to the conclusion that it isn't worth the hassle. You can buy 500 plastic bags from the cash and carry in one easy stage for very little money.
But it is worth emphasising what a good advert a bag can be - particularly if you have a shop on a high street. An eye catching carrier will remind people who have been to you before that you exist and intrigue other people as to your range of products.