Having an assigned account manager with Guided Imports way key. When I send them the full specs about the toy and the 3D design, they prospect factories on their network and give you a list of 5 quotes from different factories.
Based on their certifications, history, unit/mold price, I had to pick one and pay for the initial fees to order a sample.
After an email exchange that lasted almost 6 months, I finally received the first sample 🐐
The feeling is so rewarding to be able to touch a physical good that was just an idea a year ago!