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I know when it comes to samples I shouldnt be worrying too much about cost. I understand shipping can be up to 70/80 but as I'm asking a few places they keep quoting me near $200 for samples.

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Hello All. Newb question here. I know when it comes to samples I shouldnt be worrying too much about cost. I understand shipping can be up to 70/80 but as I’m asking a few places they keep quoting me near $200 for samples. Now these products arent anywhere near 200 shipped. Again if it was one company im trying to get samples from that would be okay but I want to test 3-4 companies for quality comparison and feel 700-800 on samples that I’m not even guaranteeing to use is a bit high. Should I be trying to get the price down? Is that bad etiquette even prior to my first purchase? Any advice would be great.

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You can either try to find a supplier that will send you a free sample and just charge you shipping, for me it was like 30-40 bucks for express shipping. Or another thing you can do is ask the supplier which companies they supply for, (A lot of the times they will tell you) Then just order the product on Amazon as your sample if you know its the same thing, its a way cheaper method. Just some of my thoughts anyways

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I suggest that if you haven’t already done so, hire a Chinese sourcing agent and get him or her to call the companies to negotiate better prices. I use PayPal to send my agent money to cover the cost of samples. She then has the samples all sent to her. Then she consolidates them into one DHL package to save shipping costs and I send her money to pay DHL.

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I have paid $200-$300 for samples. These were however customized to what I wanted, as close as possible for future production (alterations, logos etc.). I was offered free samples for their standard product and would pay for shipping only,

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use a freight forwarding company (i use tiptrans) to consolidate your packages in shenzhen, then ship it internationally all in one go…and suppliers will usually ship it to sz for free

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