Has anyone out there had any satisfactory dealings with Mfg.COM. I was asked to look into joining this group, they do have an impressive looking layout, But I have not been able to find a single customer that has any positive comments about them. Any comments would be helpful.
Stay as far away as possible a complete "SCAM". I got screwed for $6000 and got absolutly zero in return.
we tried mfg.com at work and got nothing
been quoting since last year and still havent got any work
you gotta bid lower than material cost to win
so if you got free material, and a shop in the garage and work for basicly free then mfg may work for you
the owners have been paying since last year, and wasting time and money quoting
I think this post says it all:
I tried them for 2 months when I had my own stamping shop. Quoted my ass off. Just for grins I qouted on a job that I could produce in a cnc punch press, the parts would have come from scrap off fall. So I qoute no material costs, no overhead costs, no shipping costs, no plating costs, just the cost of one cardboard box ($.39) for 2500 parts This was a price of .000156 each. I recieved a response that the buyer selected another company for less. Thats when I knew this was a sham, I am not sure that it was a real job.
Im new to these forums. I'm a rubber guy don't know how you metal guys do it. I get tons of e-mails from MFG.com almost daily to sign up, pretty much speaks volumes in my mind. If they have to work that hard to get your business its probably not worth it.
And I had that view before I knew that it was competition overseas not to mention the guys over here who have no intention of paying for the material so they have no material cost.
Stick to what you do best and spend your free time building supporting materials like samples and product brochures. The ROI on that will absolutely destroy anything you ever put into a place like MFG.com or any other bid site.
Given i'm not in metals and plastics like most of you, but I imagine it crosses over pretty well.
Has anyone had any recent dealings with MFG.com? I've been asked to look into them more and can only find dated stats. Do they charge per bid? How many leads do you get? Do you get all the buyer's contact info? If so, what prevents you from just contacting the buyer directly?
I have used them for the quoting side, I have found 3 of my machines shops that I use off of them. I am different as I didn't want to go overseas for my items to be made, but I didn't want the cheap price also, I took all bids 35 of them and came up with an avg , then chose the shops with that avg price, I contacted them and asked them to send me samples of their finished machine work, our sample part could be cut in half if they wish and made up. I then chose the machine shop with the best quality at a price I could live with.
I like mfg, but thats on the buying end of it, can't imagine using them for bidding as there is too many shops bidding.
We fell for the same thing 3 years ago, spent the $6000 and got nothing. Seeing the last post from a seller it's understandable (a seller doesn't pay anything to post rfq's), plus I'm sure many are getting bids from China who none of us can compete with. This past year we fell for bidding from a machine shop who posted rfq's on a free site, Contract Auction. They posted lots of rfq's. We bid on dozens and it looked like we might get something, nothing. In the end we found the company, Vector Co., had fell for mfgcom, bid themselves for the first 3 months and then decided to post mfgcom rfq's on Contract Auction and take the best bids to bid them on mfgcom. I have no idea if they got their money back or made any money, but it was very deceitful on their part. We got nothing for numerous quotes. So, we got took twice quoting for mfgcom except the second time we didn't spend the $6000, just more hours than I can count.
I'm an electrical engineer and a small business owner. I got tired of the frustrations on the buying and marketing end so I developed boomalink dot com.
Anyone can post a need, any business can respond for $1.
I'm in the process now of promoting it to technical buyers.
Any business can sign up and get notified of new posts free. The site uses "tags" that trigger a notification. Businesses can enter anything "tags" they want. When someone posts and uses that "tag", the business will get an email notification.
Tags could be "machined parts", "cnc parts" etc.
I think boomalink makes a lot more sense.