How are printed plastic bags made?
Our printed plastic bags are custom made to your specifications. You can choose the size and type bag you are looking for. The plastic is manufactured first, printed and then cut into bags, which allows you to choose the perfect bag to meet your needs. We do not print on bags that are already made.
How many printed bags do I have to order?
The minimum order for a printed plastic bag varies depending on the size of the bag and how many colors you print. Some general guidelines are:
Low density merchandise bags
- (die cut, patch, fold over die cut and loop handle)
- 1 or 2 colors (2 colors on 1 side or 1 color on each side) 3,000 bags (3 boxes)
- 3 or 4 colors (3 or 4 colors on 1 side or 2 colors on each side) 5,000 bags (5 boxes)
High density bags
- (includes T-shirt bags, and merchandise bags)
- 1 or 2 colors (2 colors on 1 side or 1 color on each side) 5,000 bags (5 boxes)
- 3 or 4 colors (3 or 4 colors on 1 side or 2 colors on each side) 10,000 bags ( 10 boxes)
- Up to 4 colors 25,000 bags
What determines the cost of my custom bag?
Several variables determine the cost of a printed plastic bag. The amount of bags you order greatly affects the cost per bag. By increasing the number of bags purchased, you decrease the cost per bag significantly when compared with a minimum order. Adding ink colors increases the cost. The amount of printing however does not affect the cost of the bag. Other factors that affect the cost are the type of plastic, its thickness and the handle type.
What is the proofing process?
Prior to printing your order, you will receive an artwork proof as well as a paper mock up to show placement. A signoff will be required before the printing begins.
In general, how long does it take to make a plastic bag?
For most merchandise bags or T-shirt bags the lead time is 2 - 4 weeks after the approval of art. Transit time is not included in this estimate. In some instances, rush jobs can be accommodated. We do not add an additional charge for this service. Expedited shipping charges may apply however. The lead time for printed ziplock bags is 10 - 14 weeks, as these bags are imported. This estimate is also after approval of artwork and does not include shipping times. These are only estimates as there are many variables in custom printed bags.
How is a plastic bag measured?
To measure a plastic bag, lay it flat. The width is the first number, then the height. If the bag has a gusset (a fold on the sides or bottom) lay it completely flat and measure the gusset all the way across. For example, if your bag is 15" wide and 18" tall, it is a 15 x 18 bag. If your bag has a side gusset of 4", your bag would be a 15 x 4 x 18. If your bag has a bottom gusset of 4", your bag would be a 15 x 18 +4.
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What is the difference between high density and low density plastic bags?
There are two main types of printed bags; low density & high density.
Low density is the "smooth glossy" plastic, often used in retail applications and for trade shows. Both merchandise bags and T-shirt bags are available in low density plastic.
High density is the "crinkly or frosted plastic. Merchandise bags and T-shirt bags are available in high density plastic. Grocery store type bags are high density t-shirt bags. These bags are economical and strong.
How thick does my plastic bag need to be?
The thickness of your bag depends on its use:
Low density merchandise bags with a die cut handle generally are 2.0 mil.
Low density merchandise bags with a fold over die cut or patch handle generally are 1.75 mil.
High density T-shirt bags generally range from .65 mil to 1.0 mil.
These are just a few examples of some common printed bag types. You can choose a thickness to meet your individual needs from .65 mil (thinnest) to 2.0 mil (thickest) in high density plastic and from 1.25 mil (thinnest) to 6.0 mil (thickest) for low density plastic.
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