Ardurino or cheap Fundurino? Any difference?

I am aboud to buy my first ardurino. I can find cheaper ardurino like products from china for a lot cheaper. Is there any difference? If so what is it and how will it effect me? I am lookimg at buying this one…
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http://m.ebay.com/itm?itemId=181126265581

In the end i want to control a pump vai sms using a gsm shield. Will i have problems with this cheaper version. Same thing with the gsm shield will buying a cheaper shield hurt me. Here is one i am looking at

http://m.ebay.com/itm/200953716109?nav=WATCHING&sbk=1

Please help me. Thanks in advance.

I am aboud to buy my first ardurino. I can find cheaper ardurino like products from china for a lot cheaper. Is there any difference? If so what is it and how will it effect me? I am lookimg at buying this one… . http://m.ebay.com/itm?itemId=181126265581

In the end i want to control a pump vai sms using a gsm shield. Will i have problems with this cheaper version. Same thing with the gsm shield will buying a cheaper shield hurt me. Here is one i am looking at

http://m.ebay.com/itm/200953716109?nav=WATCHING&sbk=1

Please help me. Thanks in advance.

Your first link is broken but you should read this: http://blog.arduino.cc/2013/07/10/send-in-the-clones/

I can find cheaper ardurino like products from china for a lot cheaper.

But do they have a forum where you can get help?

Is there any difference?

Quality.

Do not cross-post. Threads merged.

If you buy from an ebay vendor that has high sales volume and a good rating, you probably won't have any issues. The higher cost of the Italian (?) made boards is probably middle man profits.

PaulS:

I can find cheaper ardurino like products from china for a lot cheaper.

But do they have a forum where you can get help?

These forums are open to anyone, whether they buy an original Arduino board, a Sparkfun or Adafruit board, an Arduino or other clone board. Just a few hours ago I posted about a $3.65 (shipped) Pro mini Atmega 328 board I recently ordered, which is an improved version of the Sparkfun pro mini; cheaper and better. Those who say "You get what you pay for" are forgetting to add "sometimes".

I've made several orders from Fasttech, including the funduino pro mini they sell for ~$5. They list a Uno compatible board for just over $11: http://www.fasttech.com/products/0/10000015/1001700-arduino-compatible-uno-r3-rev3-development-board

I’ve had very few problems with clones from China, but yes, the quality is not always there. I had one case where one row of headers was poorly soldered, so much so that they wobbled in the holes. I spotted it right away. It was no big deal to solder the headers properly, but some folks don’t have a good iron, and some don’t know which emd of the iron to pick up.

But for the most part, I order from China. Being a Canadian, I am subject to higher prices for anything I can buy here from electronic outlets to start with, and living near Regina, there are no eletcronic outlets that sell any of the stuff I want/need.

I can order from Canadian outlets in other cities, but the prices are higher than in the US, and of course I have to pay a lot for shipping. Same for ordering from the US… better prices, but higher shipping cost, and a 7-12 business-day delay.

From China, I choose dealers with a VERY high feedback rating, and go back to the ones that I have dealt with before. Prices are excellent, and most things are shipped free of charge. Shipping takes 10-30 days, and usually arrive in about 20-24 days, but for the price difference, I can deal with that.

I have had a few problems with delivery. Once I waited 35 days, then let the vendor know it hadn’t arrived. He shipped another one (it was 3 $2.00 items). Another time, I got the wrong thing. I told the vendor, and he shipped the right item.

If you want excellent quality, and want to support the folks who brought us this wonderful open source system, get the originals. They are still worth the money.

but some folks don't have a good iron, and some don't know which end of the iron to pick up.

Ah, but that is really really learned, usually in the very first soldering attempt. Also learned rather quickly, don't solder while wearing shorts.

Lefty

I'm new enough at this game to be awaiting delivery of my 1st board and box of bits to have a go with, having trawked through the "Electronics for Dummies" book, and posed my self the same question.

I took the view that I know nothing, and that I have a bit of a learning curve which I don't want to potentially extend for the sake of a fiver (uk GBP!) saved on a non-genuine item that may or may not be exactly the same as the genuine thing. So I went for the genuine article just to reduce the risk of having to learn things that I don't want to learn yet! (I've been there before and believe me its very frustrating!)

just shopped around a bit for best price. I don't know where you are but you could try http://www.mallinson-electrical.com/shop/ , - amended http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B006H06TVG/ref=pe_385721_37038051_TE_3p_dp_1#productDetails, I found them by just googling the Arduino part number

In the future - who knows, if I ever do put something out into a "Live Environment" I might consider a clone, re-testing the whole gubbins, and keep the Arduino product for testing/proving. Maybe that is, if I can bring myself to trust clones!

Cheers - Dick.

Thanks all for the great info. I ended up going the cheap route and bought a funduino for 13 dollars with 4 day shipping. We will see how it works. I am still wondering about the gsm shield. Is it the same thing? Is cheaper just lower quality but still the same operation?

lar3ry: I can order from Canadian outlets in other cities, but the prices are higher than in the US, and of course I have to pay a lot for shipping. Same for ordering from the US.. better prices, but higher shipping cost, and a 7-12 business-day delay.

I'm currently living in Canada, and have found Dipmicro worth checking out; prices competitive with any US source and slightly faster shipping.

retrolefty: Also learned rather quickly, don't solder while wearing shorts.

Must say, I rarely wear shorts whilst soldering, just as often in fact wearing what I am now (and it is rather hot weather to be sure :D).

Mind you, I am pretty careful and do not do as much soldering nowadays ...

As to the original topic, I think it is always salutary to keep in mind that most of the electronic equipment we purchase, and virtually all of the "consumer" equipment - is made (components manufactured, assembled) in China. Some good, some not so good. Claiming that there is any reason to suggest "clones" are inferior on that account - or on price - is somewhat spurious.