Hello, I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the success of this project, and it’s taken over everything else for the last week or so. I’m probably going to stop taking new orders after this weekend, for a few days at least. I’ve got plenty of work, but importantly, need to review the pricing.
I am making a profit on this kit, but not an awful lot, and I don’t know if it’s enough to justify me having no time to work on any other projects. It’s still very much a hobby-sized profit, and I’ve eaten into it a little bit by upgrading the quality of the kit too. Also haven’t really found what the real cost of packaging and things is – I think I have estimated ok here, but we’ll see!
I know it’ll get cheaper if volume increases, but the thing that won’t decrease is the time taken to make up harnesses and finish parts, and packaging and that kind of thing, and the profit (as it stands) could never hope to support employing help, even if I was in a position to manage that.
So this current price will be here until next week, but after that it might go up a bit. Probably not much, and maybe not at all, but probably a little bit.
On the other hand, I’ll be working on a custom board to replace the arduino + motorshield combo (while still being arduino compatible), and that might shave a few quid off the price at a future date. I quite like shipping actual general-purpose boards with this kit because it makes it a real tinkerer’s kit, but it’s an expensive way of doing it.