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How to Calculate Your Delivered Hair Extension Cost

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What is the Real Cost of Your Hair Extensions?

It is important to understand the additional costs you need to factor the delivered cost of the hair extensions you sell.

As a hair extension retailer, you have to be able to figure out what to charge your customers retail. Your retail hair extension price is based on your delivered wholesale cost.

So what exactly does delivered cost mean? It is the price of the hair including any transaction fees and shipping to your salon or business location. Let’s go over what those could include and how to calculate them.

Calculating Hair Costs

PayPal or Wire Transfer Fees

If you are working with an overseas supplier and sending payments, there are usually additional costs with sending the money internationally.

Sending payments via PayPal is generally the safest solution but at a cost. Often times an international supplier will charge an additional 3% – 5% PayPal fee. This is usually what PayPal is charging them and they hand the cost back to the buyer.

If you are buying $1,000 in hair expect to pay an additional $30 – $50 in PayPal fees. Let’s add this cost to some bundles of hair. If you were going to purchase 40 bundles at $25 each then the cost after the fees would really be about $26. We can get back to the final delivered cost in a bit.

Sending an International Wire Transfer can cost anywhere between $30 – $60 transaction. This would add about the same amount to the cost if compared to a $1,000 order like the PayPal example above.

The most cost-effective way to send money internationally would be in much larger amounts with a wire. You must make sure you have a GREAT relationship with your supplier when sending a wire. There are still a lot of issues that can come up when sending a wire overseas.

We never recommend sending a MoneyGram or Western Union payment to a supplier overseas. There is just way too much risk involved.

One benefit of working with a USA based wholesale hair distributor like Private Label Extensions is there are no transaction fees when placing orders with us. So there would be no additional costs to add to the price of our hair at this point.

PayPal Payments

Calculate Shipping Fees Per Bundle

Shipping fees are a pain, but as a business owner, they are something you generally have to deal with and know how to calculate.

The cost to ship hair from overseas is really expensive if only ordering a few bundles but can go down if ordering 100 or more. A general cost to ship ten bundles and under from overseas via DHL or FedEx will cost you about $25. That would amount to an additional cost of about $2.50 per bundle. If ordering about 50 Bundles, you should expect to pay about $75. That brings your cost down to about $1.50 per bundle. When you are getting into 100 bundles or more you can probably get your cost down to about $1.25 per bundle.

Private Label Extensions utilizes the USPS to ship orders as it is fast and cost-effective. We can ship up to 9 bundles for a cost of only $6.95. That is about 75 cents per bundle. The next tier is up to 30 bundles for $14.95 which is only about 50 cents per bundle. Order over $500 and the shipping is free. I know you like the thought of a shipping cost of $0.00 per bundle!

If you compare ordering 100 bundles from Private Label Extensions and overseas you will see there are a 75 cent savings on each bundle. This is important to factor when comparing costs between companies.

Final Bundle Cost Calculations

Now that you understand the two biggest factors in calculating the delivered cost you can have a better idea of what you are actually paying per bundle to arrive at your business.

Transaction Fees

Overseas orders can add 3% – 5% per order if paid by PayPal or $30 – $60 Wire Transfer.

Private Label Extensions does not have an additional cost.


You are looking at anywhere between $1.25 – $2.50 PER BUNDLE when shipping overseas.

Private Label Extensions will cost you between $0.50 – $0.75 per bundle or $0 if spending over $500.

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Shipping Hair Orders

The team at Private Label Extensions wants always to make sure you know your costs when working in the hair business.

There are many terms to learn when getting started in the hair business. It is important to know your costs and different way to supply your customers. You should know the difference between wholesale purchasing and dropship buying as an additional option.

We are here to help answer any questions you have about improving your current hair extension business or help you get started in the industry.

About Mikey Moran

Serial Entrepreneur focused on great products, service and building an amazing hair team.

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20 thoughts on “How to Calculate Your Delivered Hair Extension Cost

  1. Deja says:

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    I have a question about how to go about calculating bundle deals or even seasonal sales and still making a good profit.

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      It varies on your pricing. Everyone’s retail price varies. You may calculate the loss and profit by having your wholesale cost and retail cost at hand. This will help guide your cut down costs for your seasonal sales. It depends on you how much or how little you want to cut down on your seasonal sales.

  2. Damita white says:

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    I could not get the wholesale price to download. Could you email to me?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      1. Tomiko says:

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        Me too!

  3. Keisha Sutton says:

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    I would like to receive some samples. I just wanna be sure of what I’m purchasing can’t afford to purchase bad bundle! For my company and my branding.

    1. maryannesalas says:

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      We understand your concern. Budgeting and calculating your delivered hair extension cost can be hectic, but we have a solution for you. We offer our Brazilian sample kit that is available for purchase. Our consumers love these. They are able to test out the hair for curls, washes, and color. Let us know how else we can help. You may also purchase individual bundles at whole sale price to try for yourself before making any major moves.

    2. Khia reed says:

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      Hello How much for samples?

      1. Private Label Extensions says:

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        We have a sample kit for $19.99 on our website, you may also purchase any bundles to try out for yourself at our wholesale price. We do not have a minimum, you may purchase as much or as little as you prefer.

  4. Tea says:

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    How do I calculate the profit I’d make back from selling the hair? Example if I buy 500$ worth of bundles to sell how do I go about the pricing to make back more than what I “bought to sell”?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      You set your own retail price per bundle. The difference in what you pay in wholesale and the retail price sold is your profit. You have the freedom to set your own pricing.

  5. amani says:

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    If I buy from a private supplier, then how is that me selling my hair?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      When you find a supplier, like Private Label Extensions, you are paying wholesale. Once you stick with a supplier you prefer, you may brand it any way you prefer. We have branding options available to our customer to help legitimize companies.

  6. Ariel says:

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    This article hit the nail on the head! I’ve initially purchased hair extensions from a supplier overseas and they killed me with all the added on fees. I am so thankful that I found PLE because you all have saved me a tremendous amount of money. The amount of money I’ve saved by switching to PLE has given me the ability to put more money into marketing.

  7. Catrenda Johnson says:

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    In the process of starting my hair business and I would like a sample.

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      Great way to start up. You may purchase any wholesale items on our website to sample as your own. If you are content with your purchases, we are here to help you get started! As we are a wholesale distributor, we can help you dodge the expenses of having to use a supplier overseas.

  8. Lisha says:

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    Hi, I’m looking to start my own business but I’m confused. How much would I be paying? If, for example, I bought 100 bundles from my vendor? Do I have to share the money I’m making from my business with the vendor?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      Hey there, your ties with your vendor has nothing to do with your business profit. You solely pay what they sell and the rest is up to you to go about selling your bundles for your business profit.

  9. Marchail says:

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    Hello, I’m having trouble with my price list, is it possible for my profit to be different for each length of bundles? For example, if a vendor sells 14″ for $22.50, 16″ for $28 and I want to profit $30 how would I set that up 14″ $22.50+30=52.5 and 16″ $28+30=58? Does it that make sense If I’m trying to get regular prices like everyone else?

    1. Private Label Extensions says:

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      Yes, your pricing is right. It’s important to come up with your own retail price in order to make a profit, and you may change this at any time, especially if you want to run a sale. There are always going to be competitive pricing, so your pricing should change to your preference depending on who you would like to cater to.

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