Most suppliers give you an incredibly high amount for an MOQ (Minimum Order Quantity). Most of the time this is fairly negotiable. Say for example a supplier gives you a MOQ of 1,000 pieces, and that is his desired quantity to start production.
There are ways around this. If, for example, you are not in need of a color gift box but would rather have a white box the quantities tumble. Most suppliers will agree to produce 200 pieces for a white box.
So why the 1,000 pieces? For one, 1,000pcs is usually the minimum order quantity for colored or private label gift boxes. That’s a fact and some printing factories actually require more than 1,000pcs.
If you want, say, 300pcs of an item and a color box you may ask the factory if they can still print the color box if you are willing to pay a higher price for the printing of the gift box.
If you don’t need a gift box but you want some label or logo on the box you can ask them to put stickers on it. Stickers usually cost a few cents and can be printed easily.
Simply ask your supplier once you have settled on an item what his MOQ is and I am certain it can be discussed, depending on your requirements.