There is no correct choice on the type of sample to order. Review the pros and cons of each, and allow yourself to make an educated opinion on what is right for your business model. If custom samples seem ideal but are also too large of a cost to incur, one option would be to see if you can move your pre production sample, which is the sample that is usually made after the initial deposit but before the full production is underway, to before you pay your deposit. This process is often more expensive than the other method of the pre production sample; however, it can provide some level of assurance if you’re concerned with your factories capabilities.Always keep in mind, samples should not be the only reason you select a supplier. Weigh the results of the samples against the hard information you’ve received in your sample report.One last thing, never assume a factory will produce something better than their on hand sample. While it can be the case that they can produce better, this is not a business where you want to make assumptions.