Why Are Enamel Pins So Expensive?

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“Have you ever wondered why enamel pins are so expensive? As a pin manufacturer, we often met such cases, the customers disappeared when we offered prices, especially when customers inquires 50PCS or a smaller quantity. In the article, we will talk about why enamel pins are expensive and reveal the factors that effect pin price.

Why Are Enamel Pins So Expensive?

Enamel pins are custom-made products, It needs to set up mold. So for every new lapel pins orders, it needs mold fee. Mold fee costs range: $55-$100/per design.

The process of developing the mold is time-consuming and labor-intensive. Therefore, if you only order a small quantity, the cost of per unit seems higher because the mold fee take up a large portion of the total cost.

However, if you order more than 200 units, the cost per unit will significantly decrease because the mold fee can be spread over more products. Therefore, it’s best to consider ordering more products at once to make your lapel pins more cost-effective.

What Factors Affect the Price of Enamel Pins?

1. Complexity Of The Design

The complexity of the design of the pin is directly proportional to its price. For example, service year pins, flags pins, and religious pins, these kind of designs are simple, so price is low. But in the collectible lapel pins world, the collectors and designer are looking for special pins designs, Hinged-style pins and Spinner pins have more complex designs, so their prices are higher. so when you design your own pins, please consider the design complexity and its cost.

2. Material And Crafts

The main materials for pins are iron, zinc alloy, and copper. In terms of price, copper >zinc alloy > iron. Usually, we use iron and zinc alloy more often because most designs can be achieved with these two materials. Another reason is that copper is expensive.

In terms of the process, the main types of pins are hard enamel pins, soft enamel pins, and 3D pins. However, it’s hard to tell which process is more expensive just from the process as there are factors to effects cost, like cut out, shape of lapel pins.

3. Number Of Colors

The number of colors in the pin indicates how many colors there are in total. The more colors, the higher the price. On the contrary, the less colors, the cheaper. This is because the colors are hand-colored by the workers, and the labor cost is relatively high. The number of colors is the main factor affecting the price.

4. Size

The regular size range of the pin is from 0.5 inch to 2 inches. The larger the size, the higher cost.

5. Customization Options

There are many pin customization options, such as glitter, dangler, spinner, printing, rhinestone, glow in the dark, etc.

On the pin accessories options: 3M glue, magnets, safety pins, etc.

These all need additional costs.

6. Quantity:

Personalizing pins require casting, set up mold and handling fee. If the quantity is small, these costs can be quite expensive, but if you order more, the cost per unit can be as low as $0.5/pc.

7. Shipping Fees And Import Tariffs

We are the professional pin supplier located in China, and we export to the worldwide. Therefore, when oversea customers buy from us, shipping fees and import tariffs are factors that must be considered. For European, Southeast Asian, and South Asian countries, the shipping fees are relatively cheap. However, for some African or South American countries, the shipping fees are more expensive.

Soft Enamel Pin Price List Ref

150PCS 300PCS 700PCS
0.75″ $1.49 $1.39 $1.29
1″ $1.59  $1.49 $1.39
1.5″ $1.75 $1.68 $1.56
1.75″ $1.89 $1.78 $1.69
2″ $1.98 $1.90 $1.80


Hard Enamel Pin Price List Ref

150PCS 300PCS 700PCS
0.75″ $1.58 $1.47 $1.39
1″ $1.69 $1.59 $1.49
1.5″ $1.88 $1.79 $1.68
1.75″ $2.02 $1.88 $1.69
2″ $2.18 $2.06 $1.89

Are Inexpensive Pins of Good Quality?

As a professional pin manufacturer, the price is just one of the standards to judge the quality, but not the only one. From a professionalism perspective, we judge the price based on value, which includes: product, service, professionalism, and whether it can bring more business to the customers. You get what you pay.


In conclusion, enamel pins price is based on its mold fee, design, quantity and customization. If you have a tight budget on the pins, please make your pin design simple, order 100PCS or more.


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