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Who owns all the intellectual property generated when Sofeast does design/engineering work for us?

You pay for that work and you own all the resulting deliverables. The only exception is the templates we have developed over the years — you do not have the right to re-use them.

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What happens if some of the design work Sofeast’s team does leads to production problems?

Our liability is limited to the amount of fees you paid to us for the particular job that led to that issue. The most important thing to focus on is to find ways to avoid such issues or to detect … Continue reading

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How does working with Sofeast’s R&D team to develop my new product compare to other methods?

How does Sofeast's R&D team compare to other ways of developing your product? If you’re developing and manufacturing a new product this table will show you your options when working with our R&D team compared with doing it yourself or … Continue reading
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Can Sofeast make a prototype of my product idea?

We need to review your product idea, and how mature it is. If you don’t have a design yet, we can put you in contact with a design house. What we can do at an early stage is a review … Continue reading

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42 USD per hour is not a low price, and we can find cheaper on Upwork. Can you reduce it?

If you have a very clearly documented project, you are used to developing new products for manufacturing in Asia, and you are comfortable managing all the technical work, Upwork may be a great place to find engineers. We will still … Continue reading

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What is a “man day”?

Many services of our Quality Assurance department are billed based on the number of man-days. A man day includes approximately 5 hours of productive work on site, but also accounts for transportation, lunch break, and the time to study the … Continue reading

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What information does Sofeast need, to give a confirmed quotation?

We need to know where the factory is (which city, and if possible which district), what you are buying and in what quantity, and what your needs and requirements are.

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Instead of always paying for hours of work, is it possible to pay Sofeast a percentage of the orders?

No, we have never done this. Think of us as a professional service provider. We always have to be paid for our work. We can sometimes propose flat fees for specific deliverables, but we never do work on a contingency … Continue reading

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So, does Sofeast do the usual work of a sourcing agent?

We fulfil many of the same functions, but our business model is a bit different. We keep our clients by providing value, not by making ourselves indispensable, and certainly not by keeping certain information close to our chest (our clients … Continue reading

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Can you give us the contacts of good factories?

First, what is a good factory for importer A may not be a good factory for other buyers. Read why there is no such thing as “a good factory” in this blog post Second, we can probably help you, but … Continue reading

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