but when I could produce a part in eagle, buy parts from digikey and have it manufactured in panels at somewhere like Dorkbot for less money per part than SparkFun - there is something wrong there.
if you do it right you only have to design it once, its not like when you order from sparkfun 3 "engineers" jump right into it designing a custom ciruit and board just for your order (this aint Wendy's)Now I know designing a board to go from tsop to dip is a real ball buster, but most companies would take a loss on that 15 minuets to bring the customer a better price and make it up in sales
its a pretty simple non debatable thing
I dont see a thread asking if lady ada, make, modern design etc is overpriced, and if there was, as in this thread asking if seeedstudios was, its a pretty simple non debatable thing
I have to disagree with you if by "make" you mean the "Makers Shed". They are way more overpriced then Sparkfun.
I think he's just saying he doesn't see a thread on it, not that they are not expensive.
not saying you dont have good points, but a company of their alleged size and growth should be out there slaying all the smaller hobby shops with their good reputation, excellent support and service, and only bulk manufacture could possibly produce a price THIS good marketingand yet its often the smaller shops who often beat them on 1 or more points, why?
Maybe you should compete with them. Sounds like you have it figured out already. With the amount of money they're making, you should make a killing with your pricing.
This thread reminds me of threads about Starbucks on coffee forums. Or, threads about Petco on pet forums. Or, threads about Best Buy on home electronics forums. Or, threads about Samuel Adams on beer forums.