Lots of injection mold making companies calculate the mold processing fees from receiving the order to delivery. If the injection mold has several tryouts but still cannot be delivered, in addition to fail the contract, there will lead to more processing fees. Of course, the cost of the testing is also very impressive, uncontrollable injection mold testing times are a large blind spot of the mold cost control.
Several reasons make the mold quality not stable and creeping up with price. I had many years' experience work with the mould maker who is from China, and I work in mold shop over 11 years, so I know how to get the reasonable price and keep the mold quality. So if you want to buy moulds from China, first you must know the process for build molds. Mold shops know many ways to save cost, and some ways not affect the mold quality but some will be. Find the ways could save cost but affect the mould quality and avoid them happen then you could get both nice price and quality mold.
Dealing with a single supplier for all the elements of tooling and molding also allows you to have more negotiating power and opens up options that you would not have when dealing with multiple suppliers separately. Dealing with one supplier also eliminates "The Blame Game"----or finger pointing when things go wrong. A single supplier has FULL responsibility!! As an example; I have contracted for many tools over the years with Quality Tool Shops-----Only to be redirected to place those tools into Molding facilities that were not capable of running those tools due to incompatibility with molding presses that required other tooling features to comply.