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Admiral Lazarev
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How much would it cost to make a game around 100 cards and 75 plastic cubes.

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It would cost you: $9 USD for 100 cards and $6 USD for 75 plastic cubes... But then you need to factor in the following: a rulebook (or rulesheet), a box (those are not cheap)... Let's say $5 USD for the box. So far that's $20 USD + the rulebook... say another $3 USD. So your COST would be $23 USD.

You could probably SELL the game for $29 USD and make $6 USD per game sold.

Now that you have a one-off production quote... You should be good to get quotes which depend largely on VOLUME and MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity).

Most manufacturers require a minimum of 1,000 Units. Some have a 500 Unit minimum. At 1,000 units expect the price to be around $6,500 - $8,500 (that would be my guesstimate). But don't "quote" me (pun intended! LOL)

I'm not a manufacturer, I've just received quotes for 500 units at around $10.00 USD and for 1000 units at around $6.50 USD... I had 85 cards + some dice and rulebook... So I'm just approximating. You might get a better price... IDK - you omitted the box which costs more and the rulebook which is essential to any game.

You can use that as a baseline - since each game is DIFFERENT.

Admiral Lazarev
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Thanks :)

Thank you SO much! :) This is SUPER helpful for me and it really encourages me because i thought it would cost upwards of 20k.

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Vac-Tray + Mold

Also you didn't include a "Vac-Tray" + Mold fee. The Vac-Tray is one of those Black INSERTS you put in a box to keep things from moving around... It comes with a Mold fee of about $400+ USD.

That also is something to consider ADDING to production costs. a Vac-Tray adds professionalism to a packaged box and is really "nice to have". It may not be ESSENTIAL ... but it still is important.

I'm sure you have other games with Black custom trays - everyone has seen then even if you've only played games like Monopoly or Clue, etc...

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Not enough info .. but ..

Without getting a quote from a manufacturer, all anyone can do is give you some guess work or examples.

You also will need a lot more detail than "about 100 cards and 75 plastic cubes"

For example, a quote from ONE manufacturer, for my game with these components:

Retail box (255 x 255 x 55mm, 157g c2s paper + 1.5mm grey board, 4/0c, matt pp lamination)
134 Mini cards (44 x 63mm, 280g blue core, 4/4c, gloss varnish, rounded corners, shrink wrap)
16 Large cards (90 x 120mm, 280g blue core, 4/4c, gloss varnish, rounded corners, shrink wrap)
24 Bridge cards (63 x 88mm, 280g blue core, 4/4c, gloss varnish, rounded corners, shrink wrap)
76 tiles (50 x 50mm, 2mm grey board + 250g duplex board paper, double sided, 4/4c, gloss varnish)
47 tokens (19mm dia, 1.5mm grey board + 250g duplex board paper, double sided, 4/4c, gloss varnish, punchboard)
2 six sided dice (standard 16mm acrylic, white with black pips)
15 custom dice (16mm acrylic, 6 sided, silk screen on various sides, 5 different colors)
24 cubes (8mm, acrylic)
39 meeples (16x8mm, wood, various colors)
Cloth draw bag (8 x 15cm, drawstring)
Cardboard Tray (to fit box, 400gsm CCNB)
Rules (250x250mm, 20 pages, 128g c2s Paper, gloss varnish, 4/4c, stapled)

Came to approximately;

500 copies = $15.56 per unit
1000 copies = $11.10 per unit
2000 copies = $9.82 per unit
5000 copies = $8.84 per unit

Plus freight, duties, taxes (where applicable), etc.

So really, for 100 cards (assuming standard poker size) + 75 cubes (8mm acrylic), tuck box, single sheet of rules .. I would guess approximately $3 to $5 each in quantities of 1000 copies if manufactured in China.

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