In the last month I was struggling to find a decent pcb house that will manufacture and assembly our pcb’s.
The main problem is buying all the parts, for example, the Atmega processor cost in the assembly houses 2-3$ where in Ali-express you get them for 0.5$ and less.
You get a digital compass at 5$ , and on Ali at 0.9$ . In mass production this is a difference between life and death.
I used to manufacture pcbs easily with seeed , and it works without any problems. The moment you try to deal with assembly it becomes hell. They are amazingly bad.
The treatment I got from Seeed is horrible, really horrible there is no other way to describe it . They don’t even care, they are so apathetic, and I really do not feel secure manufacturing 1000 or even 100 like that.
No support at all .
I really wonder if there is some pcb house where you can get a human support, with real people, manufacture and build 10, be sure where they buy components and their prices, then proceed to 100 and more .
I also can not understand how is that Ali-express is 200% cheaper then mouser/digikey .
If I assembly the board from Ali, parts will cost 10$ , and with the rest it will go to 25$ .
Any suggestions, or common knowledge about the matter would be very appreciated .
Thank you .