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Maybe he should have asked someone that has experience of electronics manufacturing... Typically the reason people make things in the US there is that it has some special requirement (like being covered by ITAR) that means you can't do it anywhere else. Most of the US based CMs are good quality, but certainly aren't where you would want to go if you need either cheap or fast.
 

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Given the amount of time he took to select that facility, I have a feeling he looked into Chinese sourcing. That said, very few of today's flash carts are totally sourced there. Krikzz, Cybdyn, RetroHQ-UK, Harmony, Atarimax all build the units themselves, with PCB's and chips from China usually. Not sure about Terra Onion. I'm glad his updates will be public now, and hopefully production can pick up, though the LA area is a mess right now. I'm not sure where he's sourcing these, you'd assume Northern CA but who knows.

PS: Ironically yesterday a bunch of us were going back and forth on another forum about the project, so idk if he read that or what.
 

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Given the amount of time he took to select that facility, I have a feeling he looked into Chinese sourcing. That said, very few of today's flash carts are totally sourced there. Krikzz, Cybdyn, RetroHQ-UK, Harmony, Atarimax all build the units themselves, with PCB's and chips from China usually. Not sure about Terra Onion. I'm glad his updates will be public now, and hopefully production can pick up, though the LA area is a mess right now. I'm not sure where he's sourcing these, you'd assume Northern CA but who knows.

PS: Ironically yesterday a bunch of us were going back and forth on another forum about the project, so idk if he read that or what.
To a large extent it depends on what volumes you are making - but unless you are doing your whole design with parts you can get from Mouser or Digikey it's typically way quicker to fill a BOM in China than anywhere else, simply because the supply chain there is huge.
 

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Well it's difficult to discuss the matter since his posts and comments are behind a paywall.
 

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Most of the US based CMs are good quality, but certainly aren't where you would want to go if you need either cheap or fast.
I'm sure he didn't expect it to be cheaper, but he may have expected it to be faster to do test-runs, troubleshoot, iterate last two points until product converged to something satisfactory, and launch production, given the matching schedule and practicality of in person meetings (pre-pandemic).
 

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Well it's difficult to discuss the matter since his posts and comments are behind a paywall.
Just another of the myriad of reasons I despise the whole "Patreon" / net.beggar "culture".
 
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