Before I order my bags

1.1 What are the minimum quantities for printed bags?

The minimum quantity that you can order depends on a number of different factors, but primarily on the number of colours that you are printing onto the bags and how quickly you need the bags. The table below should give you an idea of the most common minimum order quantities.

Bag Type

1 colour printing

2 colour printing

3 colour printing

4 or more colour printing

4 or more colour printingCotton Bags

We can screen print from as little as 100 bags regardless of how many colours you would like to print.

Jute Bags

We can screen print from as little as 100 bags regardless of how many colours you would like to print.

Laminated Bags

We can overprint 100 bags with a 1 colour logo. From 2 colours the minimum order is 250 bags. For 3 colours or more we the minimum order quantity is 500 bags. If you require a smaller quantity please speak to our team who can suggest alternatives.

Flat Handled Paper Carriers

For simple 1 colour designs, we can overprint our stock bags from a little as 500 bags. The minimum run of 2 colour printing is 5,000 bags. The minimum run of 3 or more colour printing is 10,000 bags.

Twist Handled Paper Carriers

For simple 1 colour designs, we can overprint our stock bags from a little as 500 bags. The minimum run of 2 or more colour printing is 3,000 bags.

Plastic Carrier Bags with Punched Out Handles

The minimum quantity for 1 colour printing is 500 bags. The minimum quantity for 2 or 3 colour printing or more is 1,000 bags. If we are printing 4 colour process on patch handle bags the minim order quantity is 5,000 bags.

Vest Handle Plastic Carrier Bags

The minimum quantity for 1 or 2 colour printing is 10,000 bags. The minimum quantity for 3 or more colour printing is 50,000 bags.

1.2 How quickly can I get my printed bags?

Lead times can vary depending on your requirements, and where we source the bags from. With the economies of scale that we now have through importing, the longer you wait the cheaper the bags!

Bag Type

1 colour printing

2 colour printing

3 colour printing

4 or more colour printing

Cotton Bags

We print on our stock bags in the UK and so can turn around bags within 7 working days. We can also print at source in the sub continent offering even better value for money, but lead times become 8-10 weeks.

Jute Bags

We print on our stock bags in the UK and so can turn around bags within 7 working days. We can also print at source in the sub continent offering even better value for money, but lead times become 8-10 weeks.

Laminated Bags

When printing on our stock bags we can deliver within 7 working days!

Lead times from Europe start from 3 weeks although we can often air freight in bags faster should you need.Lead times from Europe start from 3 weeks although we can often air freight in bags faster should you need. Far East lead times are commonly 10-12 weeks although again we can air freight in certain circumstances.

Flat Handled Paper Carriers

Manufactured in the UK and so can turn around bags within 7 working days although our standard lead time is 3 weeks. Manufactured in Europe, the lead time is usually 4 weeks.

Twist Handled Paper Carriers

Manufactured in the UK and so can turn around bags within 7 working days although our standard lead time is 3 weeks. Manufactured in Europe, the lead time is usually 4 weeks.

Plastic Carrier Bags with Punched Out Handles

Manufactured in the UK and so can turn around bags within 7 working days although our standard lead time is 3 weeks. If we are printing 4 colour process the lead time is 4 weeks to ensure quality control is kept.

Vest Handle Plastic Carrier Bags

Manufactured in the UK and so can turn around bags within 7 working days although our standard lead time is 3 weeks. Far East lead times are commonly 10-12 weeks although again we can air freight in certain circumstances.

We can offer a fast track services within 7 working days, depending on availability and artwork and subject to an additional charge.

1.3 Can I get a pre-production sample of my bags?

In theory the answer to this question is yes, however a lot of the cost in manufacturing the bags is in the set up of the machinery and so it actually become prohibitive cost wise to make them from most bag types.

We always send out a sample of a bag that you have received a quote on with a previous print that would allow you to get a feel for the material and quality. We also always send a visual proof to show you where the print will lay on the bag will be provided as a PDF format file which is emailed to you. We never print anything until you are entirely happy.

1.4 How do I go about getting a quote for my printed bags?

We are always happy to give you advice on printed bags to find the right solution for you. We promise to keep quoting you until you are happy so don’t be scared of changing your mind!

You can click on the Quick Quote link on our website and enter in your details for one of our consultants to contact you to discuss your requirements. If you prefer to call then we are available between 9am and 5.30pm (and sometimes after!) on 020 3002 9960. Quotes are sent to you by email usually within 24 hours unless you need an urgent quote or we are sourcing a more complicated solution in which we have to factor in other time zones of suppliers.

1.5 Do I have to pay for delivery?

Delivery charges vary for most of our printed products, and are often included (for example our cotton bags).

Your quote will outline clearly any delivery costs that apply to your order and are only ever charged at cost in the aim of being transparent.

1.6 Why do we have tolerance levels on printed bags and what are they?

A convention in packaging allows suppliers to deliver up to plus/minus 10% on the original quantity and invoice for the actual amount delivered. This is commonly known as a tolerance level and is a common part of our terms and conditions.

The main reason behind this is primarily as it avoids waste. Whilst it may seem a little unfair, there are good reasons. Carrier bags are usually printed from a roll of material that are measured by weight. When converted into bags, they are machine counted and placed into swatches of 50 or 100. At the initial weighing stage, the amount of reel used in setting up the machine and the run is unknown. If the set up to good print is rapid, it would be extremely wasteful to scrap good print.

Most users of carrier bags are used by people who are using carrier bags all the time, so a difference of 10% is not an issue, and they gain from waste saving and efficiency which is ultimately passed on in a free market, and an extremely price conscious industry. For example, if you ordered 1,000 bags, you could receive any amount between 850 and 1,150 bags. If there is an under run, then you will be reimbursed the difference and if there is an over run then we will ask for the balance

This is not applicable to stock products that you order off our website, or items that printed onto stock products.