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peterloron

I'm putting together a group buy of the FTDI FT232RL chips, as used in the Arduino. I'm trying to get enough commitments together to get up to at least 1 full reel of 2000 chips. The plan is for me to purchase the parts, and then distribute them to the end-users. I'm not going to make any money off of this...I'm just trying to get a good deal on some parts.  :-)

If you are interested, drop me a line.

Thanks.

-Pete

gnu_linux

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Oct 24, 2008, 12:04 am Last Edit: Oct 24, 2008, 02:28 am by gnu_linux Reason: 1
Where are you getting them from?

A reel of 2000 units will cost about $4,700

More importantly who is going to solder them on PCBs?

:)

peterloron

The distributor has not been finalized yet. Might be one of the usual players like Mouser, etc. Any suggestions?

Yeah, a full reel is spendy. I personally only want like 50 or so. Soldering a few at a time by hand isn't too bad. Most of the folks who have expressed interest are shops who are producing products in commercial quantities...likely with solder stencils, pick & place machines, and reflow ovens.   :)

-Pete

gnu_linux

Mouser Reel of 2,000: $2.35 each = $4700.00

gnu_linux

Digikey Reel of 2,000: $2.65001 each = $5300.02

peterloron

Yeah, if the decision was between Mouser and DigiKey, I'd be pretty hard pressed to find a $600 reason to go with DigiKey.   :)

gnu_linux

Now you need to find someone who can beat mouser :)

nkcelectronics

Digikey charges sales tax, if you don't provide the tax exemption form, so mouser is the best option.

nkcelectronics

One additional hint... if you purchase over $200 in mouser, select UPS ground and they will upgrade to UPS 2nd day for free.

peterloron


peterloron

Ok, we're up to a full reel or so. I'm going to close the deal and place the order in the next couple of days. If you're interested, now's the time to speak up.

Thanks.

Clayton

Hi Peter,

I left a message for you in another forum.

For guys in the UK or Europe or US you can get some
some cheap chips without buying huge reels from

Tronisoft Limited (P/N: 6210)

or

RS P/N: 406-580


Prices are very reasonable for small quantities

Best regards,

Clayton
:)

seeedstudio

We store FT232RL, and small qty is welcomed  ;)

big93

how did this go? everybody get what they wanted?

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