Our Minimum Order Quantities
Information about our required order minimums
Our Manufacturing Solutions
From startups to established brands, Prototype offers solutions for any size need.
The Industry's Problem
The manufacturing industry is all about volume. Higher volume equals lower pricing. And everyone seems most concerned about prices. But there's far more to MOQ than just prices. (Learn more about MOQ here.)
With things as they are, it’s particularly difficult for small labels and startups to have their manufacturing needs met. In many cases, it’s simply impossible to have something made in small quantities. This unfortunately forces many small businesses out of the marketplace entirely.
If you’ve been through it before, you know how frustrating it is. Contacting endless factories, asking their MOQ, trying to get a quote. Even if you offer to pay more, most of the time they’ll just ignore you. Maybe you’ll get a half-hearted sample and they’ll ghost you afterwards. It’s an awful lot like using a dating app. Lots of leads, then lots of one night stands.
Fortunately, there’s a better way!
Here at Prototype, we take an entirely different approach.
Rather than rely on a high volume of orders from just a few clients, we have developed a unique system whereby we instead leverage our large quantity of smaller orders to simulate the efficiency of large orders. In this way we are able to offer high quality at a reasonable quantity and price.
Our worldwide network of relationships works in favor of the suppliers and manufacturers as well. Prototype is able to supply a steady stream of reliable manufacturing jobs to smaller factories that otherwise struggle to find new clients.
Prototype offers the best combination of low MOQ custom manufacturing with high quality results of any company in the industry.
PROTOTYPE vs. The Competition
Our Black Label minimums start at only...
For our Black Label services clients, we offer low minimums of only 100 pieces per color and 300 per style. Meaning, you can order 100 pcs in 3 colors or 300 pcs. in 1 color. Sizes may vary within those quantities.
*A minimum order value also applies. Contact us for updates and availability
Our competitors high minimums...
Our competitors rely on high quantity orders to reach their goals. This means that they typically only work with large, established labels and aren’t interested in startups and smaller brands.
Looking for a smaller order quantity?
If you're looking for a very small order quantity for a startup or to test the market on a new product, we can still provide you with valuable assistance. At that scale, it can be very difficult to find a quality manufacturer for custom goods. However, any client utilizing our Black Label product development services will be eligible for our Referral Service. For a low, flat fee, we'll put you in touch with qualified manufacturers, provide you a contract template, a set of instructions for our own recommended procedures, and help you guarantee the security of your payments. You will have the responsibility of managing your own order, but our valuable assistance will save you time and money.
Your order will take into account both "MCQ" and "MOQ". You must meet both requirement for a single order.
The total order quantity per color must be equal or greater than the listed "MCQ".
The total order quantity per style must be equal or greater than the listed "MOQ".
You're wanting to manufacturing a new design for a skirt.
100 pieces in "green" + 100 pieces in "red" + 100 pieces in "tiger print" = 300 pieces of one style.
If the MCQ is 100 pieces and the MOQ is 300 pieces, then this order satisfies the minimum order requirements.
Our current MCQ and MOQ requirements are listed below. (Learn more about "What is MOQ?")
More About "MCQ"
Minimum Color Quantity
We currently offer an MCQ of 50 pieces for most White Label products and 100 pieces for our Black Label custom manufacturing. Certain products will qualify for higher or lower, depending on current circumstances and availability.
An MCQ of 100 pieces, for example, means that you must order a minimum quantity of 100 pieces for each color you intent to produce. Sizes may vary within this quantity.
A "color" means an available color you have selected, or a custom dye color, or a print... or any combination of the 3.
Please note that MCQ policies may change at any time based on market conditions and availability.
More About "MOQ"
Minimum Order Quantity
"MOQ" refers to the minimum number of pieces you must order in each style.
We currently offer an MOQ of 300 pieces for our Black Label custom manufacturing. Certain products will qualify for higher or lower, depending on current circumstances and availability.
A "style" means a product produced from a single cutting pattern, sometimes also referred to as a "block".
For example, if an item has an MCQ of 100 pieces and an MOQ of 300 pieces, that means that you could order 100 pieces of each of 3 color, or 150 of 2 colors, or 300 pieces in a single color.
Please note that MOQ policies may change at any time based on market conditions and availability.
Need an even smaller quantity?
No problem. We understand that sometimes you just need a few items for promotional purposes. We can accommodate ultra low minimums through our Referral Service. Contact us to find out more….