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Re: [Amps] Soft start

Subject: Re: [Amps] Soft start
From: Manfred Mornhinweg <>
Date: Sun, 01 Jun 2014 22:02:47 +0000
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Jim, Ken,

Support the Chinese or support the US.

I just had a look at both sales. It's interesting to note that the US seller charges more money for the bare board, than the Chinese seller does for the complete, assembled unit!

It's sort of hard to defend one's own country, when facing such facts. Congratulations for your patriotism.

Anyway, if you buy that board and then buy the components at Mouser, to assemble the circuit, you will find that they come mostly from China, with some from Thailand, Malaysia, Taiwan, Korea, India, Mexico, etc - but hardly any from the US.

I recently bought about 500 dollars worth of electronic parts from Digikey. Out of 33 different items, one single item, that is 10 parts out of roughly 770 parts ordered, has the US stated as country of origin. Everything else comes from other countries. Even Germany and Austria are better represented in that mix than the US.

It's just how things are.

While I have nothing at all against China, I don't like the situation of a single country acting as the factory for the entire world. But when buying something, there is rarely any choice anymore. Either all suitable products are Chinese, or any non-Chinese ones are so much more expensive, that I end up buying the Chinese ones anyway.

There are some areas in which US-made products are still competitive. But electronics isn't among them.


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