In this article, I would like to share some opinions of mold cost.
Bargaining is common as we all know. Experienced client may calculate the steel cost, to ask more reduction. But don't forget to add cost of R & D, mold guarantee and after services.
Customers absolutely want good quality mold with good services. All these good things need money! To have innovated mold design, to use real steel, to machining by high speed high precision equipment, to buy quality spare parts, to make standard mold base like DME / HASCO, etc.
Since it is a business thing, you pay and will get what it worth.