I'm going to try tapping the vast knowledge base that exists here.
I will buy at least 1 hour of your posted hourly rate to chat about your experiences with sourcing electronic components from China.
I have been sourcing PCB design and PCB assembly for over 20 years. I am well aware of the mainstream component companies like Digi-Key, Mouser, Avnet, Allied, Newark, Future...and others. I know plenty of good PCB manufacturers in China. We have had PCB assembly work done at MyroPCB, PCBCart. and others. So while I always like to find new reliable PCBA in China, great PCBs are easy to source and not at all what I'm interested in learning about from you.
As volumes increase, I prefer to source common passive components from some Asian distributors to take advantage of lower BOM cost, reduced costs for import fees into China, and reduced overall shipping costs during the procurement process.
I'm well aware of the risks involved in not buying from a mainstream component supplier like those listed above.
But what I'm looking for is that gem in China...a component supplier with a proven track record in China that you personally have had many good experiences with...especially in supplying components that are easy to fake (resistors, capacitors, diodes, inductors...).
We've purchased reels of SMD passives in the past from Chinese distributors located on Alibaba and luckily had no issue. But I’m sure it is just a matter of us being lucky. We probably already have purchased some fakes.
So if you're interested in selling me some good information that I don't already know about, please post a short message that convinces me you know what you're talking about and I'll award this to you so you can divulge your information in a private Skype chat.
If it turns out you really don't know anything and give me a bunch of general info that I already know or is not specific to what we've asked for, expect a relative negative mark for wasting both of our time.
If you have something specific to share about a reliable Asian component supplier or an assembly company that has a proven record for supplying lower cost components as part of their offering, it'll be a quick way for you to get a good review added to your profile on Upwork.
For what its worth, here is a very interesting, yet brief article on fake components I'd like to share with anyone who cares: