[ Logos & Labels ]
I almost always skip the custom labeling on the first order. It's not until the second or third order that I'll do the labeling. First prove that the product sells and build it from there.
- Order the product as is, but give it a good name for Amazon.
- Next order, pending the first sells well, put the logo on the product. No fancy packaging, just a logo somewhere that it seems sensible.
- If you've got a hot item and you moved to a third order pretty quickly, then start thinking custom packaging.
For now, just a small logo on the product is fine. This is one of the things I wish I knew when I first started (spent way too much time, money, and energy in packaging).
[ How Many ]
Depends entirely on the product. Enough so that if the product is a complete failure, you're fine with eating the cost. You can always order more, but you don't want to get stuck with hundreds of something.
[ Forwarders ]
I aways ask for door-to-door shipping. Unless you're dealing items that are giant in size, it's almost always your best bet to ship via FedEx or DHL.
Forwarders are expensive and slow and add a layer of complexity to everything. I try to avoid them if possible.
[ Good Luck! ]