In order to get your product manufactured in China, you and the manufacturer need to agree first on a prototype. A prototype is basically a Version 1 of the product, a product sample that both you and the manufacturer agree is how the final product should look.
How do you arrive at a prototype?
Create a Detailed Spec Sheet
The spec sheet basically tells the manufacturer how the product should look. The spec sheet should include the following features: Product description, size, weight, color, materials, finish, packaging and any specific manufacturing instructions.
If the product is similar to other products they’ve manufactured in the past, a spec sheet may be enough for the factory to go on to get you a sample.
For instance, you contact a factory that manufacture, toothbrushes and you tell them exactly how you want your toothbrush to be made, that’s is already enough for them to send you a sample so that you can show to them on how you want your future product to look like.
Prototyping More Complex Products
On the other hand, if your product is unique and different than anything else on the market, you’ll need to take a different approach.
First of all, you’ll probably need to send the factory a sample of the product, rather than the other way around. You’ll need to get an engineer locally to create your first version for you instead.
You may also need technical blueprints made for your product. If you’re creating something that hasn’t been created before, there are specific methods and ways of making the product that need to go into the blueprint. This makes it a factory-friendly so that it can be mass produced.
All of these things will generally need to be done locally rather than in China.
The Back and Forth Process
You have to carefully look on the samples before you agree on a final prototype.
For example, you might send all your specs and get back a sample that’s a little too light and a little too short. You send it back and ask for another sample. You get a sample back and find that it’s almost exactly what you want, but you want the finish to be shinier. Unless the manufacturer will be able to show you the perfect sample of the product that you want agreement should not be made.
Getting the product sample right can be very easy if your product is simple, or much trickier if you’re creating a one-of-a-kind product.
Don’t try to rush the process of manufacturing otherwise it a low quality will be manufactured. Don’t expect that they will be able to perfect the product the first time they made the product.
Once the sample of the perfect product for you had been manufactured and the same shown to you with your approval, that is the proper time to talk about the price, terms and conditions of the contract.