Choosing an Acetone Chemical Supplier: Vendors Vs. Manufacturers

An acetone chemical supplier typically operates on one of three business models: vendor, manufacturer, or a combination of both. Is it better to get your chemicals from one of these sources than the other two? Below, we look at the basic pros and cons for each business model to help you select an acetone chemical supplier that’s a good fit for your industrial acetone needs.

  1. Vendor

Standard vendors operate as a middlemen between manufacturers and customers. It’s a good deal for manufacturers because it lets them expand product availability and make more sales. It’s a good deal for customers because vendors excel at offering a wide range products.

Even so, for many customers, buying from a vendor isn’t ideal for two reasons: After applying their price markup, vendors often charge more than manufacturers, and many vendors don’t provide a meaningful level of pre-sale technical assistance. They don’t have chemists in-house who answer technical questions; they simply specialize in selling and shipping products.

  1. Manufacturer

For many businesses and organizations, buying straight from the manufacturer has three benefits: prices are often lower than what vendors charge, chemical manufacturers employ chemists who directly or indirectly assist with solvent selection, and some manufacturers provide custom acetone solutions in addition to stock solutions.

If ordering from a manufacturer has a downside compared to getting what you need from a vendor, it’s that vendors frequently offer the most payment and shipping options. Arranging freight shipments is one of a vendor’s primary specialties, which helps explain why vendors offer a variety of time-sensitive, cost-sensitive delivery options.

  1. Vendor / Manufacturer

For many customers, an acetone chemical supplier that operates as a vendor and manufacturer is the best of both worlds. You receive technical assistance, have access to custom chemical formulation, and you can choose from a broad selection of ready made solvents.

In addition, when ordering products the manufacturer vends, you can buy with great confidence. A manufacturer / vendor applies the quality standards for its own products when selecting products to sell from other manufacturers.

With that said, it’s important to note that vended products are usually sold under a warranty from the manufacturer that produced them, which can be good or bad, depending on terms for the warranty. Buying a product from an acetone chemical supplier that also operates as a vendor can require more product research than buying straight from the manufacturer.

About Our Company

Ecolink is a longtime solvent manufacturer specializing in environmentally safe and environmentally preferred solutions that comply with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations. We offer a variety of stock products, as well as custom formulations. If a ready made solution is not right for your needs, we can create a formulation that hits the mark, and supply it any quantity you could reasonably require.

To learn more about our acetone products or to place an order, please call us today at 800-563-1305, or send us an email using our contact form. We look forward to serving as your trusted acetone chemical supplier!