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Old 11-07-2019, 01:36 AM   #11
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The thing you have to understand about wholesale manufacturers is that they don't sell to end users for very good reasons. Pretty much every manufacturer is working with a design created by another company and are under NDA/contractually obligated to not sell it to anyone outside of that contract. They're not going to run the risk of losing contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars just to sell a $10 board to a few random nobodies.

Also, wholesale manufacturers deal with runs in the thousands and tens of thousands that may be spaced out months or even years apart, depending on how quickly their client can go through their stock. Each run means retooling the entire factory line, which they're not going to do for a one-off. This is why low-run products like the campaigns on drop.com are sold in batches, because they need to meet a minimum amount before the manufacturer will even give them the time of day. If you look on most wholesale sites, the minimum order amount is usually 1,000.

There's also the administrative overhead; the amount of time it takes to set everything up to fulfill an order of 1 piece vs. 10,000 pieces is not that much different, meaning that the company would lose money just on overhead trying to make and sell individual pieces.

What you're asking is like saying you want to buy an iPhone mainboard, but don't want to buy it through Apple because it's too expensive, so you're trying to get in touch with Foxconn to see if they'd sell you one at a reduced price. It's a pipe dream.

Does that answer your question?
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Old 11-08-2019, 01:36 PM   #12
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The thing you have to understand about wholesale manufacturers is that they don't sell to end users for very good reasons. Pretty much every manufacturer is working with a design created by another company and are under NDA/contractually obligated to not sell it to anyone outside of that contract. They're not going to run the risk of losing contracts worth tens of thousands of dollars just to sell a $10 board to a few random nobodies.

Also, wholesale manufacturers deal with runs in the thousands and tens of thousands that may be spaced out months or even years apart, depending on how quickly their client can go through their stock. Each run means retooling the entire factory line, which they're not going to do for a one-off. This is why low-run products like the campaigns on drop.com are sold in batches, because they need to meet a minimum amount before the manufacturer will even give them the time of day. If you look on most wholesale sites, the minimum order amount is usually 1,000.

There's also the administrative overhead; the amount of time it takes to set everything up to fulfill an order of 1 piece vs. 10,000 pieces is not that much different, meaning that the company would lose money just on overhead trying to make and sell individual pieces.

What you're asking is like saying you want to buy an iPhone mainboard, but don't want to buy it through Apple because it's too expensive, so you're trying to get in touch with Foxconn to see if they'd sell you one at a reduced price. It's a pipe dream.

Does that answer your question?

It never hurts to ask. But yes I do understand from a cost/time/admin point of view.
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Old 11-09-2019, 10:01 PM   #13
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There's a guy on ebay that repairs and resells Warthog boards in North America.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Repair-Serv...oAAOSwWrxcH5VO
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Old 11-11-2019, 06:10 PM   #14
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There's a guy on ebay that repairs and resells Warthog boards in North America.
https://www.ebay.com/itm/Repair-Serv...oAAOSwWrxcH5VO


thanks man. I got in touch. Way cheaper than the TM route. I'll go with him.
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Old 11-13-2019, 01:13 AM   #15
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If someone is willing to part with their WH throttle board are you willing to part with the mechanical bits also? I need one that doesn't work...
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Old 11-15-2019, 12:48 AM   #16
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thanks man. I got in touch. Way cheaper than the TM route. I'll go with him.
I only found that guy after I had already ordered my throttle board from TM. Originally, TM was out of stock and I didn't want to wait, so I got a 2nd complete HOTAS to hold me over. A few months later (maybe a year?), I finally got a hold of TM again and got the board. The week the new board arrived, I stumbled onto the ebay offer. It would have saved me time and a whole lot of money ($375 for the extra HOTAS). But now I have redundancy. Two fully functional throttles and two fully functional sticks. The new stick doesn't have much if any stiction either, very smooth. But now I know where to go if another board pops, both faster and cheaper than TM.
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