qandabe wrote:We have developed a kit to do sous vide cooking (but really it can do any sort of temperature control), at http://lowereastkitchen.com. It's basically a microchip with Arduino bootloader, 10 A SSR and thermocouple, with a knob and LED display for user interface. Everything is open source/hardware and available on our website.
We've had a lot of interest from people we talked to, and had a few classes at hackerspaces that were quite popular (see our blog http://qandabe.com). We even have a few dozen people who were interested in buying on an e-mail list. However, now that we have the product available, few people have bought anything.
Is there something wrong with our kit? Our website? Or is this typical for the beginning?
Thanks for your help. We are anxious about starting out. We can just keep having classes, but it would be nice to get something consistent online.
qandabe wrote:We'd love to hear your input. We are all about open collaboration. Maybe the kit is too complicated? Also, we'd be happy to sell you our kit, or work together somehow, I don't know how far you are in development. I'm eager to hear your advice! Thanks!
nootropic wrote:Or you can sell through distributors like Maker Shed, Sparkfun, etc. but then you really don't make much money at all.
that depends, if they priced their kit right they'll always have about a 40% margin for reselllers and a 40% margin for themselves
nootropic wrote:Yes, agreed. I price my products exactly using this formula. My point is that by going through a reseller, you make 37% of the profit that you would make selling directly. So you need to hope that the reseller sells about 3 for every one that you could sell directly (and the reseller certainly might sell that many!)
nootropic wrote:Most makers I've talked to aren't all that interested in operating a retail business, but I happen to love it. After 2 decades in the intangible world of software, it's been refreshing to deal with the physical world. Parts, bins, boxes, bags, labels, solder smoke, shipping logistics, and of course, bubble wrap. I think it's fun.
adafruit wrote:nootropic wrote:... others geek out on shipping and logistics (we do, we love it).
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