[time-nuts] Price of LTE Lite GPSDO vs Trimble Thunderbolt.

SAIDJACK at aol.com SAIDJACK at aol.com
Fri Oct 17 16:13:26 EDT 2014


Pete,
 
that is not inflation, that is supply and demand. The Trimble Mini-T  was 
priced at $945 on Trimble's standard price list for 1 to 9 pieces, and the  
Thunderbolt was likely twice that much when sold new, so you have to compare  
that to the LTE-Lite pricing.
 
The Thunderbolt units offered by Tom via TAPR to Time Nuts at that  time 
were old rejects that had done their duty already, were fully paid-off  and 
would have been scrapped and recycled by the Telecom otherwise, and Tom  
invested a huge amount of his time testing them and  packaging/shipping them at 
no charge, so that pricing was completely  random and lucky for us to be at 
the right time at the right moment.
 
In fact the complete used Thunderbolt package now lists for up to $498 on  
Ebay..
 
No problem on offering these kits factory-new with warranty at what  we 
hope is a fair price,
Bye,
Said
 
 
In a message dated 10/17/2014 12:49:32 Pacific Daylight Time,  
pete at petelancashire.com writes:

First  three cheers to LTE for making these available.

It reminds me when  Motorola made a developers kit for the then
new 68HC11 MCU available for  $68.11.

I know of one design win they got that more then made of their  marketing
costs.

Another that hit me is with inflation the LTE Lite  is not much more then
what many of us paid for our Thunderbolts.

For  those new to the list  ...

https://www.febo.com/pipermail/time-nuts/2008-May/031100.html

http://www.leapsecond.com/pages/tapr-tbolt/

In  2008, $124, the LTE Lite in 2014 $195.

With 'real' inflation (not the  11% you get online) the $71 difference is
not much more.

My two  backup Thunderbolts cost me $145 each, just before they hit $200
then  became history.

Again thanks to Said and JLT  !!!!

-pete



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