Why Order Your Power Supply from an American Company
This article discusses the benefits of ordering a 12V Power Supply Adapters you need from a company based here in the USA, versus importing direct from China.
As a USA based manufacturer, wholesaler, distributor, or retailer, you are faced with some tough challenges and choices daily. Importing power supplies to power your products does not need to be one of them. While it is true that at first glance, buying a 12V power supply a little cheaper straight from China looked at closely, the deal may not be so good. Here is why.
First of all, shipping from china is slow and unreliable, not to mention expensive. While many factories promise great price, and initially low shipping cost, it has been my experience that as soon as they have the business, they will start pumping the shipping cost higher and higher, even if they charge the same for the unit itself.
The second problem with buying straight from overseas is the failure rate. It has been our experience that manufacturers will cut corners and cost as much as possible. If you do not know the factory, and have a long term relationship with them, they will use the cheapest possible material, lowest gauge wiring, thinnest plastics. This translates into an extremely high and rising failure rate. If you buy your power supply here in the US, if it fails, you can return it. Buying from china, you are out of luck as return shipping is super expensive. Once you figure in the cost of replacing failures, including buying and shipping them, the cost is no longer so low.
Finally, it has been our experience is UL listing. If you need to have a UL listed power supply, both for the certification of your product, as well as for safety and quality, it has come to our attention that a vast portion of listing on Chinese wholesaler sites are issuing fake UL listing stamps. This means that the power supplies are of inferior quality, have a higher failure rate, as they do not comply with UL minimum quality standards. Worse yet, they are often stopped, seized by customs on entry, leaving you with the disposal fee, and possibly a fine. We have seen this over and over again.
So, to sum it up, because of cost of shipping, importing, quality control, high failure rate, and fake UL listings, it seems like buying your 12v Power Supplies from a US based company, shipping from within the US, offers you the best protection, best lead times, and in the end, the best price.