[hackerspaces] Any hackerspaces selling electronics to the public?

Phillip Broussard phillip at squidfoo.com
Tue Mar 19 18:12:21 CET 2013

We don't plan on making a massive profit on what we sell. This is more of a
way to provide a service to our members, offer supplies to our community
partners like the schools and not for profits as well as bring in people
that may not want to be a member but could use some parts.

Once a month we bring in 200 + visitors to our space so having kits
available to help demonstrate the things we do is also a big help.


On Tue, Mar 19, 2013 at 12:02 PM, Jan Lieven <jan at das-labor.org> wrote:

> On Tue, 19 Mar 2013 11:34:46 -0500
> Phillip Broussard <phillip at squidfoo.com> wrote:
> > We are considering selling some of the more popular kits and parts to
> > the public out of our hackerspace. I would like to know if anyone
> > else does this and how successful they have been. The closest thing
> > to competition would be Radio Shack or driving 3 hours to the next
> > largest city.
> >
> > Phil
> We at das Labor[1] are selling our more popular kits, which are just
> listed in our wiki[2] (German). The observations we made are:
>  1) New kits are being sold rapidly until the market is
>     saturated. (As in: Everyone who knows about it and wants it has
>     it.)
>  2) The more expensive kits need promotional material. (Videos,
>     Live-Showcase)
>  3) Thinking that selling pcbs or complete kits will generate enough
>     revenue to cover the rent is an illusion.
> best regards,
>  Jan
> [1] https://das-labor.org
> [2] https://das-labor.org/wiki/Baus%C3%A4tze
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