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Ordering a low volume quantity from overseas

Discussion in 'General Wholesale' started by sellsimplestuff, Dec 2, 2016.

  1. sellsimplestuff

    sellsimplestuff

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    I have a small product that I want to produce low units of in metal (stainless steel) ideally 20-50 units.

    The item is small and is made up of 11 assembly parts that I can clench in my hand. I want to sell the item for around £25-£30.

    I had a 3d print of two ‘similar models’ of the product done for £58 in nylon.

    I can get a stainless steel prototype of one model done for £96 from the USA which is the cheapest I could find.

    I have only just started a part time job and I have low funds on a credit card around £700.

    I know that producing an amount of say 10 to 20 and selling them to start with is unfeasible, so I was wondering if anyone had any idea of the lowest MOQ I should expect to order and how much I would need to pay.

    Kind Regards


    Sell simple stuff
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  2. KW452190

    KW452190

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    Which product you are referring to? MOQ can vary anything between 20-40 products but price is the critical factor here. My suggestion would be £40-£50.
  3. jewelry4sell

    jewelry4sell

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    What kinds of parts? If it is jewelry parts, I think some alloy jewelry factory can help you.
    It it easy to do for them.
  4. ZHiEN

    ZHiEN

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    The item is small and is made up of 11 assembly parts, here are the questions really matter:
    - There is MOQ for raw material (stainless steel bar/rod? pipe?) as required by supplier.
    For small quantity, if the manufacturer has stock material, then 10pcs - 20pcs is not a question, only the price matters, it can be accepted as sample order. If no stock, then 200kg - 500kg is the MOQ
    - Fabrication cost, and what's your requirements on the precision?
    - Assembly cost
    - Surface handling cost
    - Packaging cost
    - Courier cost
    - Others

    If you can drop the prints of your item, I might help more.
  5. KW452190

    KW452190

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    I totally agree with @ZHiEN. Price is the biggest factor here considering all the costs stated above by ZHiEN.
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