[Fwd: Re: [Fwd: [HARDWARE] Just Courious......]]

harbnger at intersurf.com harbnger at intersurf.com
Sat Sep 18 12:05:21 EDT 1999


"William J [on the road] Halverson" wrote:

> Martin Harvey wrote:
>
> > Marcus Gillette wrote:
> > >
> > >
> > > If you can get twice the break even point, price per unit should be cut in
> > > half.  Price is everything here... I wouldn't consider spending $300 for the
> > > unit, regardless of the keyrate.  I have a feeling I'm not the only cheap
> > > bastard out there.
> >
> > True. If d.net were to put something on the website, then perhaps an
> > online "fill in the form" questionnaire with something like:
> >
> > "How much would you be prepared to pay for a box that does 1mk/s ?
> >
> > * $50
> > * $100
> > * $150
> > * $200
> > * $400
> > * Price is not an issue"
> >
> > That way, we can get an idea of how deep the pockets of d.net are, and
> > thus what sort of preak even quantities we're looking at.
>
> Yes, I agree .... but from the point of manageability ... consider this:
>
> At $300, we need to sell 750 to break even.
>
> At $30, the breakeven point is 7,500.
>
> Now I love the Internet and its ability to bring people together for a common
> cause... but also consider this:
>
> There is a minimum charge that shippers will ship at; handling an one item order
> worth $30 costs as much as handling a one item order worth $300.
>
> So the group may want to consider - is it easier to sell 750 @ $300, or 7,500 @
> $30?  The answer may surprise you .... we are just talking about recovering  costs
> here ... you can imagine the guy who puts in 4 man months of his time will have
> more 'at risk' if we have to sell 7,500 than 750...
>
> So suppose:  we want to make a go/no go decision on this in two months.  So we
> have to find the designer [probably done], we have to get a bank account to escrow
> the money [no I don't take personal checks or cash ;-) ], and we have to publicize
> this and get the funds together to make it a reality.
>
> People in on this should be serious and feel safe:  they should not be expected to
> send somebody a check; nor should the developer be expected to put 4 months into
> it on a 'wing and a prayer'.
>
> Does the group think this is reasonable?
>
> Any suggestions on a trusted entity/persons to supervise this thing?  [Hmmm...
> would Tim LB get excited about this maybe?]
>
> Bill Halverson
>
> --
> To unsubscribe, send 'unsubscribe hardware' to majordomo at lists.distributed.net

I would be willing to spend $100 if it's not programmable, and up to $250 if it is.
(Like others have said, dual Celerons come cheap)

--
To unsubscribe, send 'unsubscribe hardware' to majordomo at lists.distributed.net



More information about the Hardware mailing list