Domestic Sourcing

Advantages

  • Higher manufacturing quality and labor standards
  • Easier communication with no language barrier
  • Marketing appeal of being made in North America
  • Easier to verify reputable manufacturers
  • Faster shipping time
  • High intellectual property right protection
  • Greater payment security and recourse

Disadvantages

  • Higher manufacturing costs
  • Less product choice (There are many items that just aren’t made in North America anymore)

Overseas Sourcing

Advantages

  • Lower manufacturing costs
  • High number of manufacturers to choose from
  • One-stop services like have made it easy to navigate suppliers

Disadvantages

  • Lower perceived quality from customers
  • (Usually) lower manufacturing and labor standards
  • Little intellectual property protection
  • Language and communication barrier can be difficult to navigate
  • Difficulty/costly to verify manufacturer and visit on-site
  • Longer shipping time
  • Cultural differences in business practices
  • Product importation and customs clearance
  • Less payment security and recourse

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