I invented seven products related to cooking. I have paid for/budgeted for incorporation and provisional patent attorneys, monthly expenses, and an accountant. In February (PPA files in Jan) I will meet with small manufacturers to get quotes. My thought is to sell both wholesale (because of positive initial response from kitchen specialty stores and contacts) and retail (because I teach web development/marketing and can create landing pages, set up on Amazon/social sites, etc. at no expense). I pay for bills by coding for clients and teaching a few extra classes since the products are not yet on the market. I sold the cookbook that complements, it's in-press.
I am trying to determine what an average $ order might be to dedicate to getting a soft goods manufacturer large enough to be scalable and small enough to be in the US and willing to work with a lighter order to begin. I realize this depends on how many products at what cost; I wondered if you think $5,000 or $10,000 or ? is an order size where a soft goods manufacturer will be willing to price competitively? Retail for the products will be $20-50.