At 07:55 AM 3/26/2007, Joe Giacobello wrote:
>Jim, with all due respect and deference to your experience in the
>industry, the price for the plug penetrates the envelope. I would
>have to guesstimate that the cost of manufacture and bulk shipment
>for the plug is around $1-2 per unit.
Might just be an expensive plug.. you mentioned that someone had a
source for $7 each in qty 50.. that's a pretty pricey connector,
regardless. As you say, most mass produced low power connectors are
in the sub $1 range in any sort of quantity. However, there are
exceptions.. Lemo connectors, while great quality, are also
expensive, in any quantity. Micro-d multi-pin or twistlock AC
connectors are also fairly pricey. Might just be that Yaesu
happened to choose a connector that's good for them, but not good for
> A markup of 2300-4700%, barring special situations, is gouging in
> my lexicon.
>As frame of reference, my experiences with Yaesu's competitors are
>relevant. I have received difficult-to-obtain precision metering
>shunt resistors from Tentec and MFJ and a microphone wind screen
>from Icom at no charge whatsoever .
Presumably that's something that they hold in stock, and has a very
low unit cost (assuming they're not something exotic with 5 ppm TC
and 0.005% tolerance). But you're right in general.
And for some reason, connectors always seem to be the most expensive
things. Probably because they're a higher dollar part to start with,
they don't use as many of them, they tend to be customized to the
application. Consider, for instance, the funky little flat connector
that hooks the IC-7000 front panel to the main unit. not only is it
a weird shape, but the cable connector has to match the latch
configuration between the panel and base.
>Of course, given that Yaesu USA is in California and given the price
>of housing, real estate and routine living costs there relative to
>most other parts of the country, $48, on further reflection, may
>have been a bargain. :-)
But of course.. the folks at the Yaesu facility have to uphold their
standard of living.. Never know when you might Paris Hilton out
clubbing and she'll want some spare parts for her radio.
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