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Richard Erlacher
01/28/14 18:21
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Denver, Co

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#190253 - actually, I'm not sure you're entirely right ...
Responding to: Erik Malund's previous message
My own experience has been that, especially during a development cycle, companies where I've worked have been happy to save the 75-90% of materials cost that often are available on eBay. I've also found that much of what we buy through traditional supply channels comes from the same places that sell excess materials on eBay. After all, much of the stuff that's sold on eBay got to be "excess" only because it was manufactured and subsequently found to be surplus. Surplus does not mean junk. It means it's no longer needed. That may be because it was manufactured simply because it provided an economy of scale that wouldn't otherwise have been there. Often there are breakpoints in the pricing structure resulting from manufacturing efficiencies imposed by equipment and manpower rather than quantitative requirements.

One manufacturer for whom VCR heads (yes this was some time ago) were being made in a facility that built 'em in lproduction quantity. You started the process and, in order to make the first head, you had to complete 2700 of 'em, and that wasn't the most efficient way to do things. My employer, then, had to find a home for 2700 heads, when all he wanted was 450. The alternative, however, was to have none. They didn't have eBay back then, and I don't know what would have happened with 2250 such heads on eBay.

I've had pretty good luck buying what I had to have for prototypes, even in considerable quantity, via eBay. I've bought used test equipment, IC's, wire, cable, hand tools, etc, each with pretty good result.

If you spend any time looking at eBay's offerings, I believe you'll find that there's more risk than with Mouser or Digikey, but there's also considerable economy that's not offered by them.


List of 23 messages in thread
test wire can't think of name      Erik Malund      01/20/14 11:46      
   Is this what you want?      Richard Erlacher      01/20/14 20:55      
      no, but thanks      Erik Malund      01/21/14 05:15      
      I recently bought the ones with the barrels, too      Richard Erlacher      01/22/14 23:52      
         ebay      Erik Malund      01/23/14 05:30      
            You're right!        Richard Erlacher      01/23/14 08:57      
               Anuone got $1,290,000 burning a hole in their pocket?      Oliver Sedlacek      01/27/14 01:59      
                  Do they accept PayPal      Mahmood Elnasser      01/27/14 10:32      
                  RE: Anyone got $1,290,000 burning a hole in their pocket?      Andy Neil      02/10/14 10:53      
            Nonsense!        Andy Neil      01/23/14 14:23      
               Totally Agree!!        Michael Karas      01/24/14 02:56      
               yes and no it depends        AP Charles      01/25/14 00:22      
            actually, I'm not sure you're entirely right ...        Richard Erlacher      01/28/14 18:21      
               ebay - worth considering      Andy Neil      01/29/14 15:40      
                  No risk      Mahmood Elnasser      01/30/14 01:13      
                     Risky definitely...        AP Charles      02/02/14 07:57      
                        Yes, the "resolution center" is not so capable      Richard Erlacher      02/05/14 05:16      
                           Quite so      Andy Neil      02/10/14 06:59      
   You're probably looking ...      Rob Klein      01/21/14 07:25      
      BINGO, thanx      Erik Malund      01/21/14 08:09      
   That's where a good old PAPER catalogue wins!      Andy Neil      01/21/14 16:49      
   Jameco alternative       Jim Granville      01/23/14 18:42      
      What about provenance?      Richard Erlacher      01/26/14 14:15      

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