Open-source hardware is a dream world for copy cats and knock-offs. They make money while someone else is making the design and supporting users, or even taking blames
Will open source hardware worth your time designing?
Say you are a casual designer, not a professional
everyone else ended up providing the support for the lazy seller.
With how much time I put in my Phi-1 shield design and software support and money I made, it's not very promising even as a casual designer, although I've not heard one complaint on my design yet. Hope my next step is paying off my time. Not trying to make money this time either.
Will open source hardware worth your time designing? That becomes my question.
This isn't an open hardware failure, it's a business model failure. Photographers saw the stock photography business dry up because of sites like Flickr and iStockPhoto; newspapers are having their lunch handed to them by blogs and TV news; software companies are realizing that boxed sales and upgrades don't mean a solid recurring revenue model anymore. Lowered barriers of entry for amateurs and ease of reproduction through improved technology have cut into dozens of business models, including the sale of hobby electronics.
There has been lots of talk about Sparkfun and how much money they make from open source hardware but they have dominated the market now and this has pretty much stopped any other company making the same kind of money.
I suspect the real electronic hobby market domination will most likely come from China. Maybe not by a single or few companies, but rather from a million small start-ups. I already make most of my parts buy from Asian sellers via E-bay and have been very pleased with both the prices and quality of stuff I have bought from there.
you can only afford so much justice as the depth of your wallet.
Doesn't that shake your belief in open source hardware