[time-nuts] Thunderbolt Group Buy, part 1
rfnuts at arcor.de
Mon May 5 12:29:17 EDT 2008
thanks for the great news.
Please count me in for one.
Tom Van Baak schrieb:
> About a year ago, when surplus Thunderbolt GPS receivers
> first appeared on eBay, several of us pursued the idea of
> a time-nuts group buy. We kept it fairly quiet at the time
> while we probed the source, verified actual performance,
> and negotiated quantity & pricing.
> Recall that the first Thunderbolts on eBay fetched prices
> on the order of $300 (I know, I bought the first one).
> Later the price floated down to the $200 level. Even this
> price seemed like a good deal for such a name-brand GPSDO.
> These almost new unused Thunderbolts are quite nice; with
> performance much better than shown on Trimble's web site.
> Last year about 50 of you put in "pre-orders" for a total
> of about 80 units. With that leverage we negotiated a
> deal with the original California supplier.
> THE DEAL:
> I'm very pleased to announce that TAPR is going to stock
> these Thunderbolts for us and handle ordering and payment
> issues. Note that TAPR is non-profit and our time-nuts
> list has a non-commercial, amateur and hobby focus. So
> you will get these Thunderbolts at cost.
> The group price is just $115 each. You get a Trimble
> Thunderbolt AND a nice universal AC input +5/+12/-12
> volt DC power supply AND the mating 6-pin DC Molex
> power connector AND a BNC-F antenna adapter.
> I will advise you when the official TAPR.org Thunderbolt
> ordering web page is ready.
> For an example of what you will receive, see:
> 1) Those of you who "pre-ordered" last year will get
> email this week with instructions on how to submit
> payment for the Thunderbolt(s) you previously said
> you would like to buy.
> 2) Those of you newcomers to Time-Nuts should expect
> to wait until the first batch has been shipped and
> TAPR is ready for you. There should be enough for
> everyone; so don't panic.
> Flat rate shipping will be about $9 (US), $23 (Canada),
> or $37 (international). Same shipping for 1, 2, or 3
> units per box, I'm told.
> I hope you agree the wait was worth it. Whether it's
> your first Thunderbolt or not -- this is an amazing deal
> for any of us. A lot of work went into making it happen.
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