On 5/9/2012 11:44 AM, Groepaz wrote: > ..not to mention the fact that especially the retro community people > are extremely anti-drm, so you would be lucky to sell some of these > things at all. I'll echo this position. Not only will the anti-DRM crowd skewer you in the forums, but it will also drive away users who aren't sure of their position on DRM, but grow concerned about upgrading/enhancing the device if your interest wanes and your web site (with the DRM keys) disappears. For what it's worth, I chose to release both HW and any SW I have written as open source, even though I offer the same products for purchase. In reality, the entry cost for hardware manufacturing makes it less than worthwhile for others to actually produce units, while buyers are happy the designs are available for free. Thus, make your "spending cash" with the hardware sales, and be happy. Gideon Z. (1541U) told me one that collectors will buy these items, even at prices like $100-$300.00, because they simply have to have them. Philosophically, I struggle with offering $300.00 items for a machine you can pick up for $10.00, but I have no doubt he is correct. The Chameleon folks no doubt would agree with Gideon as well. So, I wouldn't fret too much about a high price tag for a useful bit of HW. Maybe you're an old salt with HW design and manufacturing, but if not, don't expect to see too much of those "spending cash" funds initially. As skoe notes, after lost parcels, zapped units, bad boards from the factory, your own stupid mistakes, custom fees, returns, wrong shipments, etc., you'll wonder where the money went. Or, said in another way, make sure you cover your own self when pricing. Ignore people who go out to digikey or farnell with your BOM and claim the product can be made for 1/4 or a 1/3 of the sale price. I will say that bringing one of these things to the marketplace is a neat experience. My day job is so far removed from the "line", and if nothing else, there is a great amount of satisfaction in taking something from napkin scribbles to released product. Jim -- Jim Brain firstname.lastname@example.org www.jbrain.com Message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing listReceived on 2012-05-09 18:01:13
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