when a designer uses factoring for production, what is the general comission rate to be expected? what is outlandish? does anyone have any tips for one dealing with a factor? also, do factors cover costs for production samples and test runs or do they only come into play once the production of THE actual garment orders are set in motion. at what point does one actually go into the grading & marking process? do you pay for the grading/marking process? or does a factor? if you are expected to pay, the rational business side of me says that you would not want to grade every garment in your line before you know that it would be ordered. BUT in order to know your wholesale prices, i would assume that you would need a detailed line sheet including overall grading costs/ marking costs and production costs as well as a second set of samples that are based off a pattern that has been adjusted according to production errors/problems. in short, would you have a production ready sample before you take orders from buyers or do you make the production ready samples after the orders are placed? is the fashion line expected to pay for the manufacturing of production ready garments/samples? and in comparison to those in high end fashion, at what point does one make the production ready sample? thanks again! everything about garment production is fascinating!