Many US producers have led customers thru the costing models, noting freight, quality, material variations, in transit losses, increased need for documentation and communications and increased management costs plus much more. Most guys will compete on an apples to apples basis, but quotes must be detailed for many to see the problems and the spreadsheets done for the purchaser to see the differentials.
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Our company quoted building a tool 2 weeks ago and our price was $32,000 when the China price came in they were only $4,000 less (this was specifying that they use the same quality components as us). By the time you add on shipping you jump another $2,000-$3,000. In addition to the shipping you have time delays in communication, proper communication, hoping they do everything correct, shipping time, etc, etc... The inherent costs are ridiculous. Companies do not consider this, they simply look at mold cost to mold cost. It doesn't make sense and I am glad that some are finally figuring that out.
As a Chinese moldmaker,I have talked about this topic with one of my American partners, yes,he found the cost in China has raised those year, while he told me that the quality and effcient has improve as well .while, anyway, it's a problem for our cooperation, then we discuss how to low the cost ,so we discuss the molds, as Chinese standard and skillful technical to build the molds is really a big discount(eg, an USD8000 mold ,in Chinese standard would be USD4000-5000),because Chinese product is always share a good reputation ,yes,we focus on the product ,the shrinkage,the surface artistic and other factors ,then we make a nearly USD20,000 deal. Which it's helpful for Chinese and USA partners .Of course, it suits the small parts and the quantity should be make sure big enough, anyway, Chinese factory should living on the products.