RFQ... Ball Mount
Local shops too busy, don't have the right machines, or don't even respond... opening this up!
Looking to buy in quantities of 50 or so... whatever optimizes materials, etc. Probably order about 500 per year.
Finish has been stated as plain, intentionally. We've been making equipment for outdoor use all over the planet, and I've never really understood the fetish to anodize everything! 6061 is quite corrosion resistant, as is. For this application, I don't actually want an extra hard surface anyway.
Target price... I suppose it makes it easier for the vendor, as it let's them know if they should even get into the game, but as a manufacturer, I'd like to get the best price I can. If your price is too high, so sorry. I presume you will quote your best price at the outset. It always irritates me to have people come back after they've lost the bid, and say... oh, well I suppose I could make it for $xx less!
Here's the thing... this is one part of a 3 piece assembly, and it's is competing with a $21 off-the-shelf assembly. If I can't make it for about the same, I'll just keep buying the original assembly... I think my assembly design is better tailored to the application, but perhaps not so much better as to raise the price to my customers.
Last edited by DigiSnapMark; 06-26-2012 at 11:17 AM.
Don't need a PM for these questions...
I may be interested in quoting your project. To help me better server you I ask that you answer the three questions below. Thanks for your time!
1. When are quotes due for your project?
I've waited a week and a half from local shops... I suppose another week or so isn't going to hurt.
2. When is your anticipated award date for the project?
Maybe a month or so.
3. What is your target price per piece?
The only appropriate reason to ask for a target price is when you have a guy asking for a complicated one off and you have a sense he is expecting to pay close to something he has seen that is mass produced. As an example one piece of a small custom boat propeller, the RFQ poster is expecting to pay maybe a little more than $100 he sees them for in the store when one offs will cost $2,000. Something he will never be willing to pay for and people quoting are wasting their time. That obviously isn't the case here.
I've gotten several quotes, and am closing this RFQ.
Prices ranged from $21 locally, to 1/3 of that elsewhere, still domestic, using domestic metal.
Interesting results, and I'll be back the next time I need something outside my capability!
Thanks to all that submitted quotes.
I like to quote this job.