How do I request modifications/customization from manufactures on Alibaba?

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Hey guys, I'm new here and I'm doing product research for my first product, I have a few ideas that require customization because what's currently on the markets is bad quality or for purposes of differentiation.
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How do I go about contacting suppliers and convincing them to redesign their product for me?


This seems a large outlay of time and effort for them with no guarantee I would buy their product especially when I've not done this before obviously I wouldn't state this.

So why would they agree to do it?
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The ideal situation would look like this:
I request customization > they agree to redesign the product > once complete they send samples for me to test > I order lowest possible quantity
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Is this a realistic scenario?

Is it normal for manufactures to request a cost from me for redesign/upgrade?

Or perhaps would they insist I put down a deposit on an order before commencing design work? How does this usually work?
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Thanks in advance!
Daniel
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  • Profile picture of the author Kay King
    Is this a realistic scenario?
    In my view - nope.

    Why not approach various alibaba manufacturers and ASK what they will and will not do - what they might charge or what requirements they might impose?
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  • Profile picture of the author dave_hermansen
    You simply ask if they can make the changes you need in the product and then ask for a prototype. There will be a charge, but it's China ... it won't be overwhelmingly expensive to have them do it and then send you the prototype when they are done.

    A word of cautious reality ... do not at all be surprised if the minute you make those changes, it is available to anyone and everyone from every manufacturer in China.
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