No problem in sharing.....but lets complete the information, because as much as this is about Quality, its also price.
Customers should know first, there are at least 3 grades of diodes....Nothing wrong with an "A" or "B" grade, but "C" grade are rejects.
I am not saying this is the case with this vendor/factory....it simply is nice for customers to know it exists.
Second, when it comes to Price, as even James has shared, I wish to remind in this post, that all our Premium Bulbs, 1 SMD, 2 SMD Faceted, Fluted, and 4 SMD are $.59 each by the 100 or for almost all 12 packs assorted of 25 for the same $.59 and Free shipping Over $99.
Now, with your links, the single un lensed 5050 is a good deal, so yes, even at $.40-$.42 for non polarized...not bad.
Some of the others, like the Twin 3528, which are not the same as 2835, are more money, then US side.
So yes, if one feels they are buying at least 100 of a color, isnt worried about polarization, and wants to save, why not?
The answers are if you are buying in the 1000's, talk to Chris and Melissa, James, or myself...we do have, or at least can have larger volume discounts. (Speaking for myself) These are not posted because it most cases, like the thread on how to buy a New Stern the "cheapest", customers need support. This does take time and cost, and everyone wants the lowest price, fastest service, longest guarantee, etc. Business simply cant survive trying to be everything, and the Hobby and industry lose as a whole.
It simply is a very hard thing for any US company today to do all of those and stay in business.
The Internet levels the playing field, so consumers can search the Globe for the perceived answer.
In the end result, IMO, if the bottom dollar is all that matters, other things will suffer.
Lets say as an example, myself or any other vendor would "match that price"....we would see no innovation,
we would likely see less vendors, no vendors at shows (Not enough profit), minimal customer service etc.
Its not as though Vendors cant do it, it just doesnt make sense to do it.
(We cant get labor for $.15-$1.50 an hour here)
The Hobby needs the support, the innovation, etc.
In conclusion, I am not suggesting that anyone doesnt buy as they see fit, from wherever they want, but to take a closer
look at what an extra few dollars is getting you, when you need that service, other products, shows, etc.
All LED vendors US side, work at levels I havent seen in other industries, (seriously) to support their customers needs, and as we chat
amongst ourselves, we do this with the passion of the hobby. I cant share enough my respect for the work Cointaker does, or
PinballBulbs, Nifty too, to help the hobby and be there.
Id hate to think all my work was simply over a few dollars.....