Many factors can influence the design/set-up fee. Every machine we use - laser, vinyl and sublimation - requires that a digital file be sent to it that tells the machine what task to complete. If you choose a graphic from our Engraving Graphics Library and wanted that same graphic engraved on 20 Yeti tumblers, Kari can set that up fairly quickly. She only has to do the job once and it can be sent to the machine many times. If you add a different name to each of the tumblers, she now has to make a new digital file for each tumbler to be sent to the machine. If each tumbler has a different design and different name, this again will take even more time. You get the general idea here. The more time it takes Kari, the higher the cost - it's only fair that we are compensated for design/set-up time.
Alternatively, if you want 50 identical cutting boards engraved, it would be unfair to charge you a design fee for each board. So, on multiples, we can often charge a one-time fee. This is only fair to the client.
Design/set-up fees generally start around $7.00. The normal range is $7-$35, but complexity of graphic can influence the cost. We will always provide a quote prior to the work being done - our pricing and invoices are clear and transparent. We can't imagine doing business any other way.