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Why The Cheapest Manufacturing Quote Isn’t Always The Best

When trying to find the best manufacturing company to handle your project, you may see price as a major factor. People often receive multiple quotes on their project’s from various companies, and may be tempted to go with the cheapest quote. However cheapest isn’t always better; let us explain why. Have you heard of the saying ‘You get what you pay for?’ Well that saying is true across many industries, including the Metal Manufacturing industry. If you don’t do your research properly, then the cheapest quote, may just end up costing you more in the long run. Here are some reasons why the cheapest quote, isn’t always the best:

1. All Manufacturing Companies Are Not Equal

All Manufacturing Companies are not the same - all have different amounts of experience, qualifications, equipment and processes. Some are only set up to manufacturer for large businesses and large scale projects, while other tend to work better with smaller companies and projects. Depending on their scale, and the amount of employees they have, will directly affect how long it takes them to deliver your project.

2. Hidden Costs

You receive a cheap quote, awesome! Or so you thought. Many companies don’t include hidden costs directly in the quote, or perhaps you missed the fine print. (that seriously tiny writing on the bottom of the quote nobody can easily read). Its best to check and have an open conversation with the company about the quote you receive to ensure it includes any extra fees or hidden costs. This might include delivery, packaging, insurance etc. A hidden cost to consider is workmanship. This might sound a bit strange but, does the cheapest quote include a satisfaction guarantee? What if the workmanship is so poor on your project that you want it to be redone. Who would pay for the re-work? Of course if you do need re-work done, not only may it cost you more money but it would also cost you time. Depending on the skill set of employees, the re-work may not even be any better and you will end up having to source another manufacturing company who has the skills and knowledge to complete the project correctly, the first time. Another thing to consider is delivery. Has the quote you received include a delivery cost? Some companies may even allow you to pick up your order instore yourself or even allow you to arrange your own delivery to collect your items if you ask (we do!) This could result in costing you hundreds of dollars to have delivered, especially if it’s a large product. Or they could have included a delivery fee when if fact you can pick up the items yourself.

3. Money Isn’t Everything

With the cost of living rising, and inflation at an all time high, it may be hard to say money isn’t everything right now. Of course, paying less for something is always a good thing; when it doesn’t come at the expense of quality, time or value. Ensuring you find a business that can take your ideas and concepts and turn them into a product that is easily manufactured, at an agreed price, with a set time frame is everything. Does the business have an industrial designer on hand to assist with drawings if needed? Or someone you can always contact for an update or advise on the project? Ensuring that company you decide to engage with has these extra services available, may just save you some hassle down the track.

4. Do Your Research This one is simple, do your research! If you don’t properly research the company you want to engage with, how do you know what to expect from them? Have you asked to visit them onsite so you can see with your own eyes how organised (or not) they really are? Do you know anybody who could provide you with an honest review of the company? If you don’t ask the right questions or look in the right places, prior to giving the go ahead on your project, you may be in for a shock when your project is delivered. Here are some questions you could ask your manufacturer prior to engagement:

  • Can you explain your steel fabrication process?

  • What equipment do you use?

  • What are your in-house processes and do you outsource any?

  • How qualified are your fabricators?

  • How long have you been in business?

  • Can I see any customer reviews?

  • Can I come out and see your facilities? (if within a reasonable distance)

  • Do you have any recommendations on how my project could be improved for manufacturing and appearance purposes?

As we said, it is absolutely crucial to do your research and consider all different aspects as well as price when it comes to receiving quotes from manufacturing companies. We, at All Metal Products have over 60 years of experience delivery quality products in a timely manner, so ask us if you need any guidance/advice on your manufacturing company, or for a quote so you can compare!


GNS Ceramics - Custom Tile Display Stand

Late last year we manufactured and delivered 25 custom tile display stands for one of our good customers, GNS Ceramics. We have had the pleasure of dealing with GNS since 2016 and have worked on many projects together. These stands made their way through our factory, going through our Wire, Welding, Bending, Powder Coating and Assembly areas, prior to being delivered. These frames will be used across their stores, enabling customers to easily view and inspect their range of ceramic, pool and terracotta tiles with ease. GNS Ceramics have been serving as a major importer and wholesaler exclusively to retail outlets throughout Eastern Australia for over 50 years. With a vast variety of tiles available and plenty of advice on buying, installing and caring for ceramic tiles on their website. To view more information about GNS Ceramics, click on the link below. Having helped design and manufacture thousands of custom stands since opening in 1962, across multiple industries, All Metal Products are easily able to assist with any display stand needs you may have.

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