Backpack Price Calculator: How To Price Your Handmade Backpacks?

Updated: January 19th, 2023

Backpack Price Calculator: How To Price Your Handmade Backpacks?

How to Calculate The Price For Your Backpack

Our calculator is designed to be simple and easy to use. It covers:

  • your base costs of time
  • salary
  • materials

It also allows you to input a desired profit margin on top.

We hope this calculator helps you make more money for your backpack line.

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Learn more about starting a backpack line:

Where to start?

-> How to start a backpack line?
-> How much does it cost to start a backpack line?
-> Pros and cons of a backpack line

Need inspiration?

-> Other backpack line success stories
-> Examples of established backpack line
-> Marketing ideas for a backpack line
-> Backpack line slogans
-> Backpack line names

Other resources

-> Backpack line tips
-> Backpack line manufacturers
-> Backpack line hashtags

More Tips On Pricing Your Backpack

How To Price Your Backpack

One of the most challenging aspects to starting a backpack line is determining how much to charge for your backpack.

When businesses under-price their product, this can be extremely detrimental to their bottom line and reputation.

Often times, businesses under-price their products to drive demand and volume, but that last thing you want is for customers to view your product/service as "cheap." Additionally, this can have a big impact on the type of customer you attract, which can be difficult to recover from.

On the other hand, when businesses over-price, this tends to be just as damaging to the business.

When customers buy, it's likely that they will explore the internet and look at other competitors to ensure they're getting the best value + deal. This is why it's so important that you research your competition and understand where you land in the marketplace.

Here are some factors to consider when pricing your product:

Understand your customer

It's important that out of the gates, you identify the type of customer you want to attract and how much they're willing to pay for your service. One great way to do this is by surveying your customers. Here are some important items you'll want to takeaway:

  • Customer demographic: Age, gender, location, etc.
  • Buying habits of your customer: What they buy + when they buy
  • Level of price sensitivity with your customer

All of these segments will help you identify the type of customer you're attracting and how to price your product accordingly.

Understand your costs

When pricing your backpack, it's critical that you first identify all of your costs and consequently mark up your backpack so you can factor in a profit.

The actual cost of your backpack may include things like:

  • The actual cost to make the product (ie. raw materials, supplies, manufacturer).
  • Shipping + overhead fees
  • Rent
  • Operating costs to run your business

You may want to consider creating a spreadsheet with every single expense involved in operating/owning your business. This will give you an idea as to what you need to generate in order to at the very least, break-even and will help you price your products to factor in a profit.

Create revenue goals

When determining the price of your backpack, you'll want to create goals for revenue + how much profit you want your backpack line to make.

This process is simpler than you may think:

  1. Think about your breakeven cost (by completing the above step).
  2. Create a revenue goal based on your break-even cost
  3. Evaluate the # of items you plan to sell in a given period (make sure this is a realistic number)
  4. Divide your revenue goal by the number of items you plan to sell

This figure will help determine your estimated price per product in order to meet your revenue goals.

Evaluate your competition

The last piece in determining how to price your backpack is by simply looking at your competition.

The best way to do this is by finding like-minded businesses that offer product(s) with similar perceived value. Then, you can compare prices of the different businesses and determine where your backpack fits best in the marketplace.

All of these factors play an equal part in pricing your backpack, so it's important you evaluate each one individually to come up with an accurate price that will help optimize your business from the start.

Case Study

Lauren Costanza, founder of Bluminary provides us with a detailed spreadsheet of all of her costs associated with running her business:

I knew this would be a self-funded adventure, and I set aside $3,000. During the first three months, I had a detailed spreadsheet where I tracked where the money was going and what was going toward products versus researching and developing new products.

The spreadsheets involved columns and rows of numbers to craft a budget and gain an understanding of how much would need to be invested at each stage of the process - from gathering supplies to building a website, and shipping materials.



Lauren Costanza, on starting Bluminary ($500/month) full story ➜

Examples of a successful backpack line:

. TRVL MORE ($19.2M/year)

Raj Mahal (from Austin, TX, USA) started TRVL MORE over 8 years ago.

Case Study

My name is Raj Mahal, and I am the founder of PlanMoreTrips, an AI travel app that finds the absolute cheapest prices on flights and hotels. Before PlanMoreTrips, I founded TRVL MORE, a travel gear company for backpackers. I bootstrapped TRVL MORE from $0 to $20,000,000 in annual sales, and it is now one the top sellers of travel accessories in the world!

I am obsessed with traveling, and all my previous companies have been in the travel space. I have flown over 2 million miles, lived in 7 countries, and traveled to 65+ countries as a digital nomad.


. Tortuga ($3.6M/year)

Fred Perrotta (from Remote) started Tortuga over 13 years ago.

$1K / month
1 founders / 0 employees
Atlanta, GA, USA

Case Study

Over the past nine years, we’ve bootstrapped our way to seven figures in revenue.


. Lunchbox ($660K/year)

Tom Worcester (from New York, New York, USA) started Lunchbox over 5 years ago.

Case Study

I’m Tom Worcester, founder of Lunchbox, the first anti-theft festival hydration pack and the last festival bag you’ll ever need.

We founded Lunchbox in April of 2018 and launched our Kickstarter in December of 2018. We recently concluded our Kickstarter on January 15, 2019, exceeding our funding goal by 170%. With the business generating revenue as of December, we’re now operating at $36k in monthly revenue and climbing quickly.


. Adventurist Backpack Co. ($300K/year)

Kelly Belknap (from Denver, Colorado, USA) started Adventurist Backpack Co. about 6 years ago.

Case Study

My name is Kelly Belknap, and I co-founded Adventurist Backpack Co. along with my wife Matilda Sandstrom.

Co-founders Kelly Belknap (right) and Matilda Sandstrom (left) traveling by train through Belgium.


. Gobi Gear ($240K/year)

Chez Brungraber (from Bend, Oregon, USA) started Gobi Gear about 9 years ago.

Case Study

Hi guys! Thanks for stopping by. I’m Chez, the founder of Gobi Gear. I started Gobi Gear about 4 years ago to make organization easier and more fun, specifically focusing on the outdoor adventure and travel markets. Rummage less, explore more!

The best measure of success for isn’t just the bottom line, but rather walking through an airport and seeing a stranger with a Gobi Gear backpack on. Or learning that the owner of other, big brand name outdoor gear companies have heard of you. The idea of outfitting all kinds of people with our gear, all across the world, and putting smiles on their faces - that is what success is to us!


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