Replying to [Hastkala]:
We know many trading companies sell products in China, if we know that a supplier is acting as this and buys from the factory this is the first stage, if the supplier keeps this information or makes it feel that they are the factory then only verification services process would tell us more.
I am sure many trading companies can give great prices to the buyers, and in some cases maybe lower than the factory due to their exports volume from China.
Buyers would have a better choice in products, and maybe they can have mix products in a container and the trade co would arrange this delivery to one location for loading.
If a buyer wanted to buy 5 types of products from 5 factories, you would need to comminicate with them all, and send 5 deposits as T/T payments and then 5 payments as balances, this would give you more cost of about $400 for the transfers?
The communication to get the factories to load to one container will not be a easy task, as only one will be the delivery point and arrange the export documents for the container. so we need to think about this in more detail.
This is how the trading company can help us more, they can also act as quality control for our production as a 3rd party, the factory will have their own quality checking systems and the trade co can arrange the master visit.
The comunication to the trade company can be better, be depends on the company?, rememer they have to communicate again to the factory, and many times maybe they don't have fast answers for you until they talk to the factory direct.
the warranty can be a point to remember, you have to contact the trade company for any issuess for customer services and the trade company is the buyer from the factory not you, so they need to sort any parts or returns to be made to you.
in my opinion, the trade company needs to provide a better service than the factory, better communication and great product range. The buyer must have many reasons to use the trade co and not direct to the factory. [em17]