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ill_switch

Anyone used this vendor? In some places, their website looks oddly like a copy of seeedstudio. Especially their PCB service, which is structured exactly like Seeed's Fusion service, which is currently my favorite way to get PCBs - but ITead's service is significantly cheaper.

Looking for feedback. It looks like they've only been around a few months.

doc_norway

I have ordered from them a couple of times, and I am very satisfied with them.

They are very quick to respond to email (should you ever need support).

/Henning

ill_switch

That's good to hear.

I guess I'm also curious about if they have a relationship with Seeed? Besides the PCB service, they carry many of the same items, and the item descriptions are often worded very similarly.

leppie

I used them recently. Very good prices, and 2 weeks delivery to South Africa for US$6.

Also a FDTI2232 breakout for an odd $8. Cant really beat that!

I am very tempted to try their PCB service, but I have never designed one, but again, even if it is a mess, not much loss.

Anyways, I will definitely buy from them again  :)

cr0sh

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I guess I'm also curious about if they have a relationship with Seeed? Besides the PCB service, they carry many of the same items, and the item descriptions are often worded very similarly.


For all you know, maybe there's a "turnkey" business setup in/near Shenzhen where boardhouse/fab/electronics/bandaid/food zaibatsu-like companies all sell nearly the exact same package from the same software company (themselves) that sets up a website (using identical templates), funnels the orders back to the companies doing the manufacturing and shipping, the money back to other places (plus a bit for Party, ya know), leaving a little remainder for the guy running the place (who, if he gets "outta line" - is replaced by someone just as eager as he was).

It wouldn't surprise me in the least.

Hell, they probably install a virus on your box as well (not mine, tho - unless they've managed to figure out how to breach Thunderbird, Firefox, -and- *nix).

;)
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ITead

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Anyone used this vendor? In some places, their website looks oddly like a copy of seeedstudio. Especially their PCB service, which is structured exactly like Seeed's Fusion service, which is currently my favorite way to get PCBs - but ITead's service is significantly cheaper.

Looking for feedback. It looks like they've only been around a few months.


Hi,
Thanks for your attention first.
Our webshop really just been around about 3 months ;)
As we know, there are many similar studios set up recently -- because seeedstudio shows that this model is feasible ;D
Why the PCB service exactly like Seeed's Fusion service? because we use the same prototyping factory - this factory is famous in electronic hobbyist circle of China.

Thanks
Alex
Itead Studio - Make innovation easier

ITead

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For all you know, maybe there's a "turnkey" business setup in/near Shenzhen where boardhouse/fab/electronics/bandaid/food zaibatsu-like companies all sell nearly the exact same package from the same software company (themselves) that sets up a website (using identical templates), funnels the orders back to the companies doing the manufacturing and shipping, the money back to other places (plus a bit for Party, ya know), leaving a little remainder for the guy running the place (who, if he gets "outta line" - is replaced by someone just as eager as he was).

The Things you refer to always happen in consumer electronics market like cellphone,MP3 player , GPS and so on. But in the market of electronic components , because the products have not significant differentiation, so if use the same webshop platform you will find them like a copy-- Especially using the same template.
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Osgeld

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Aug 10, 2010, 06:11 am Last Edit: Aug 10, 2010, 06:13 am by Osgeld Reason: 1
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this factory is famous in electronic hobbyist circle of China.


Ah yes! I have heard good things about the famous electronic hobbyist factory in china

;)

on a personal note, I prefer innovation to clones, but I am a conscience buyer
http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php?action=unread;boards=2,3,4,5,67,6,7,8,9,10,11,66,12,13,15,14,16,17,18,19,20,21,22,23,24,25,26,27,28,29,30,86,87,89,1;ALL

ITead

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Aug 10, 2010, 09:08 am Last Edit: Aug 10, 2010, 09:11 am by ITead Reason: 1
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on a personal note, I prefer innovation to clones, but I am a conscience buyer

;D Learning and Imitating is the beginning of innovation , we encourage innovation, we provide the high cost-effective platform and module accessories to hobbyist for learning and creating.
We are busy with several custom projects this month - like Computer POST Diagnostic Card. After that you will see many new products that designed by ourself except clones purchased from electronic market  :P

Itead Studio - Make innovation easier


James C4S

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ITead Studio has several cheap Arduino bare boards:

Arduino Uno Bare Board

Somehow I doubt the validity of the "Made in Italy" silkscreen.
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whiskey

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Learning and Imitating is the beginning of innovation , we encourage innovation


you can at least come up with your own pictures.  :-?
http://iteadstudio.com/store/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=35

http://blog.spitzenpfeil.org/wordpress/projects/8x8-rgb-led-matrix/

madworm

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Oct 17, 2010, 12:20 am Last Edit: Oct 17, 2010, 12:36 am by madworm Reason: 1
Ah well...

If I were running a business selling these I might be pissed off, but I'm not. I do sell them, but just for fun and without any monetary profit to speak of.

I was just browsing their website looking at the PCB service and found mentioned image rather familiar and compared it to mine just to be sure. Seems like they like smilies as well. They could have asked permission to use it (and maybe they even should have), but in retrospective I would have said 'yes' anyways.

May the blue smiley bring them luck and good fortune - However, if the PCBs I've ordered don't turn out well, I might change my mind  [smiley=evil.gif]

BTW, the creator of the original smiley didn't make any money with it as well. I think he sold it for a few bucks to some insurance company ages ago.
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liudr

I see. It's good to know. I bought a few things from Seeedstudio. Except for one thing I still don't have time to troubleshoot, everything else is working fine. But the routed edges are not very nice. Maybe the router bit was spending its last leg on that sensor board or something. The edges are kind of rough compared with boards I ordered from BatchPCB or my arduino. But I've never ordered PCB service from Seeedstudio, just sensors.

Can someone comment on their PCB service especially routing? Thanks.

liudr

You may find "Macle im Itaiy". No kidding.  ;D

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