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Getting to the point of dealing with suppliers, and honestly, it's a mental hurdle I just haven't gotten over yet. I started talking with one this evening, and, at least in my mind, it's not going well. I feel there is a lot more to it than what was in t

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Getting to the point of dealing with suppliers, and honestly, it’s a mental hurdle I just haven’t gotten over yet. I started talking with one this evening, and, at least in my mind, it’s not going well. I feel there is a lot more to it than what was in the module. Anyone that’s gone through have some tips for beginners?

One question I have right now is for a $2.50 item they want me to pay $16 to test it. Is that typical?

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I know it’s difficult, but this is relatively normal. Most suppliers do not hold stock. They may have to make the samples specially for you. Also they want to discourage people from just ordering samples. However you will find that most suppliers will refund the cost of samples against your first order.

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See if you can knock them down first and IF you cannot then negotiate that the $16 will be refunded when you have purchased your first 500 or 100.

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$16 is a correct price for your first sample. possible you just need to cover the shipping cost.

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My samples usually is 35 to 50 + shipping by express for 50 or even more,so I would be glad to get sample for 16. Few tips from my short experience: ask about product attribute several times. I was requesting 18/10 stainless steel prodyct , supplier told he has such, but when ordering sample, he offers only 18/8 because he “thought they have 18/10 product”, but they even can not offer 18/10 product for full order… Another tip: don’t be fast with decision. Some suppliers made a discount when I have not replied them instantly(with 2 days delay). And don’t start with custom products, it makes the start more costly, choose the best available at supplier.

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