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Ross McKenzie, Melbourne Australia

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careful you must buy the red sports car too and get the bike for free.

Thierry Pottier

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I've found over the years and especially lately with a lot of electronic JUNK coming out of China that the most expensive tool is a cheap tool.

Happy Trails,

Mike

JaxCoder.com => PartsBin - An Electronics Component Organizer

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I bought inexpensive machinist measuring tools (dial indicators, gauge pin sets, 123 blocks,...) from Chine in the early 1990's, and was amazed by the high quality of what I got for so little money.  I remember as a kid in the 1950's "Made in Japan" meant cheap and cheesy.  Now Made in Japan means quality and high price.  Made in China means inexpensive still, but I have had nothing but respect for stuff, including electronic parts, I've gotten from China.

 

I have to assume the plight of the worker in China is like slave labor.  How else can a company manufacture and sell a braided stainless steel watch band for $3, free shipping?

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MarkThomas wrote:
I have had nothing but respect for stuff, including electronic parts, I've gotten from China.

 

It';s like Harbor Freight, you have to be careful what you buy.  Some of the stuff I've bought from both got thrown away because it was junk.

Happy Trails,

Mike

JaxCoder.com => PartsBin - An Electronics Component Organizer

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mike32217 wrote:
the most expensive tool is a cheap tool

 

True, specially for any screwdriver. Quality counts.

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mike32217 wrote:

the most expensive tool is a cheap tool.

 

Yes, agreed, but try and convince the bean counters on that one. frown

Wayne

East London
South Africa

 

  • No, I am not an Electronics Engineer, just a 54 year old hobbyist/enthusiast
  • Yes, I am using Proteus to learn more about circuit design and electronics
  • No, I do not own a licensed copy of Proteus, I am evaluating it legitimately
  • No, I do not believe in software or intellectual property piracy or theft
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Hmmm, never have the budget to do it right at the outset, but do have the budget to fix the failure.

Ross McKenzie, Melbourne Australia

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MarkThomas wrote:
How else can a company manufacture and sell a...

 

watch for 3$ at Ebay.

 

Excellent retro/vintage looking classic watch with a really big Omega sign (but, you should be very close to read OMACE).

Absolute crono, battery remains forever. Remove when swimming, why I should take that risk (to try to find any better).

 

Looks like this one

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If it is a tool I will potentially only use once or perhaps a couple of times in many years I am not going to buy a expensive version.

If it is a tool I think I will be using more often I go for quality as then indeed buying cheap might end up being buying expensive.

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The trouble is "finding" quality. Brands that were famous for quality in the past seem to have shifted mfg to less reliable sources. What you get may be no better than the no-name brand.

 

Several years ago, I was away from home and needed a few screwdrivers for a job. I stopped into a "Dollar Tree" and picked up a set of 10 screwdrivers for $7. Turns out I like them better and they seem to be higher quality than any I have used before (including Snap-On, Klein, Craftsman, Wiha, & Tekton)!  Because they were so cheap, I have seriously abused them. Used them as a chisel with a hammer, prying apart rusted parts... The shafts have not bent, the tips are still in very good condition, the grips are still the most comfortable for me and they have become my goto screwdriver set while the other much more expensive/quality sets sit idle in a tool cabinet.

I went back several months later to pick up another set, but they were no longer carried... sad

David

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MarkThomas wrote:
I remember as a kid in the 1950's "Made in Japan" meant cheap and cheesy.  Now Made in Japan means quality and high price.  Made in China means inexpensive still, but I have had nothing but respect for stuff, including electronic parts, I've gotten from China.

 

Here we called the Kaneko for Japan Products before WW2,China also will high quality after ...

 

Seems that real was

www.tokopedia.com/madagang .Buy and Donated cheap electronics and manuscripts.