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Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #1 Posted by DaveJ on 29 July 2011, 6:54 a.m.

A spin-off from another thread:

80 cent chinese scientific calculators

The link says it all.
And they would be making a profit on those bulk prices...

80 cents is what it cost for just ONE key switch on my uWatch, even in bulk.

Dave.

      
Re: Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #2 Posted by DaveJ on 29 July 2011, 7:00 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by DaveJ

I just noticed that *everything* on their entire site seems to be 80 cents!

Dave.

      
Re: Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #3 Posted by Maximilian Hohmann on 29 July 2011, 7:21 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by DaveJ

Hello!

Quote:
And they would be making a profit on those bulk prices...

Absolutely incredible! But not only calculators. Recently I bought a watch from Hongkong through eBay "Buy it Now": Modeled after an Omega Seamaster (but not a fake or replica watch as these get confiscated by our customs), all stainless steel case and bracelet, automatic movement with glass bottom and mineral glass crystal, packaged in a nice gift box. Directly from the manufacturer. The price? One Euro. A replacement mineral glass crystal for watches can not be found for less than 20 Euros here. How much longer can this go on?

Regards, Max

Edited: 29 July 2011, 7:22 a.m.

      
Re: Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #4 Posted by Bart (UK) on 29 July 2011, 7:25 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by DaveJ

Again I recognise the Sharp EL-506P keys. Does that make the EL-506P the most cloned scientific calculator?

Edit: the EL-506P was the first calculator I ever purchased. I think I paid ~25 at the time :-).

Edited: 29 July 2011, 7:27 a.m.

            
Re: Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #5 Posted by Crawl on 29 July 2011, 9:08 a.m.,
in response to message #4 by Bart (UK)

Some of them seem like Casio ripoffs.

This one seems like its keyboard is almost, if not exactly, the same as this one.

      
Re: Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #6 Posted by Bart (UK) on 29 July 2011, 7:32 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by DaveJ

It gets better, I select curency to GB pound and the prices change to 0.06!!

      
Likely a fake company.
Message #7 Posted by Frank Boehm (Germany) on 29 July 2011, 8:35 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by DaveJ

No company data: buyer beware.
I'd suggest to check with Alibaba (they recently removed lots and lots of fake sellers, so the present sellers are more or less trustworthy...).
While some list calculators for less than 1 USD, most are in the 2-3 USD range.
The huge problem: most listed sellers are just traders and not manufacturer, so not the first choice place to purchase your goods from.

      
Re: Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #8 Posted by robert rozee on 29 July 2011, 10:16 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by DaveJ

dave - have you looked at the prices for small components (including switches) on ebay? the prices out of china are pretty good, and the quality is mostly quite passable. for instance, i've just bought (just 10 as samples) the following through-hole small switches:
10,ALPS 6X6X5MM Tactile Push Button Switch Momentary
these are for an hp-15c desktop clone i'm working on.

or there's these ones, much like the ones you use in the uWatch:
15 EVQPJS04K PUSHBUTTON TACT SWITCH 634.3mm SMD/SMT

            
Re: Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #9 Posted by Katie Wasserman on 29 July 2011, 10:26 a.m.,
in response to message #8 by robert rozee

I sometimes buy electronic parts directly from sellers in China via ebay, DealExtreme or other such places and am generally very pleased with the quality and especially the price. They usually ship for free or nearly so but that's the the rub, it can take a month to get things.

Edited: 29 July 2011, 10:26 a.m.

            
Re: Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #10 Posted by DaveJ on 29 July 2011, 6:57 p.m.,
in response to message #8 by robert rozee

Yes, occasionally I check ebay if I don't care about component quality.
The problem with projects like the uWatch is that many of the components are chosen for very specific physical and/or as aesthetic functional purposes as well as electrical/functional. It's not like buying regular components to just populate a PCB in a box.

Dave.

                  
Re: Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #11 Posted by bill platt on 29 July 2011, 7:41 p.m.,
in response to message #10 by DaveJ

The supply chain seems to matter. For instance if you want a good LED, you have to buy a known chip through a cmpany with a track record. They are all made in China, but the "warrantee" is what matters....because they all look the same, even when they are not.

      
Re: Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #12 Posted by Ren on 29 July 2011, 10:29 a.m.,
in response to message #1 by DaveJ

I'm a bit surprised that a .org web address is obviously commercial in nature. When I bought my .org IIRC it had a no commerce stipulation.

Ren

dona nobis pacem

            
.org
Message #13 Posted by Frank Boehm (Germany) on 29 July 2011, 3:25 p.m.,
in response to message #12 by Ren

That's history. No one cares anymore. I think the .gov, .mil and .edu are the only "classics" still restricted.
On a sidenote, I'm still unhappy about the "old rules" - I would have reserved me a nice boehm.de domain, but the .de was only available to companies back then.

                  
Re: .org
Message #14 Posted by Marcus von Cube, Germany on 29 July 2011, 4:21 p.m.,
in response to message #13 by Frank Boehm (Germany)

So go for boehm.name!

      
Re: Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #15 Posted by Frank Wales on 29 July 2011, 7:47 p.m.,
in response to message #1 by DaveJ

Quote:
A spin-off from another thread:

80 cent chinese scientific calculators

The link says it all.
And they would be making a profit on those bulk prices...

80 cents is what it cost for just ONE key switch on my uWatch, even in bulk.

Dave.


The News page has this text on it:

This store is for demo purpose only. No order will be proceed.

            
Oh Well!!
Message #16 Posted by Namir on 29 July 2011, 9:16 p.m.,
in response to message #15 by Frank Wales

Just hot air ... after all ... sigh!!!

Namir

Edited: 29 July 2011, 9:16 p.m.

            
Re: Chinese Calculator Prices
Message #17 Posted by Keith Midson on 30 July 2011, 6:35 p.m.,
in response to message #15 by Frank Wales

Even if you could buy them, the minimum order is 5000 pieces!!! Keith


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