Mark Jerde wrote:
|| Neither gloat nor neener, exactly - but a milestone for my shop.
|| Today I loaded a pallet with three of my passive solar air-heating
|| panels and sent my first out-of-state order off to warm a home in
|| Oklahoma for the next couple of decades.
| Congrats! May it be the first of many!
Thanks! I hope it is - and I hope it insires at least a few
woodworkers to build their own so they can enjoy their shop more in
|| I'm reasonably certain that at some point in the future today's
|| excitement will strike me as being silly - but that won't happen
|| for a while.
| I probably had a similar feeling cashing my first computer
| consulting check. It was income I got because I hunted, stalked and
| captured business in the marketplace. <sound>Roaring Lion</sound>
| It's a totally different feeling from "skills whoring," that is,
| getting paid for a 9-to-5.
Yuppers. Belated congrats to you, too. It takes more than just a
little bit of courage to let go of a sure thing to go it on your own.
I respect that.
| It happened 23 years ago. I haven't forgotten it, and it still
| isn't silly. ;-)
| On another topic some of us know how to use a glue bottle and we
| don't need much of an excuse to get longer clamps if we need them.
| Have you considered DIY kits?
I have, but there are significant difficulties involved. I did a quick
count and the Madison County panels had a grand total of somewhere
near 600 parts. The kit would not be a quick/easy/simple build, and by
the time jig/clamp (and _increased_ packing and shipping) costs were
figured in, the purchase cost advantage would be pretty well eaten up.
When I considered the amount of time I'd end up spending on the phone
being verbally abused by people who won't read or follow directions,
it didn't seem like such a good idea.
My next thought was to sell plans and absorber/heat exchanger kits -
but that'd play much like trying to make a living selling a
well-documented software source code package, and I'm just not into
being ripped off (did that once and won't repeat the mistake - over
100K downloads, two thank you emails, and no grocery money - see
http://www.iedu.com/mrd/c/mtrace.c for _your_ free copy). There have
been even more downloads of the tarballed executable at
http://www.iedu.com/project/ and I've actually gotten hate/flame
e-mails from Dr FSF's disciples for not providing the source for that
package online (AFAICT, no one has succeeded in
decompiling/reverse-engineering it <vbg>). All in all, it just seems
to make more sense to sell the product and offer encouragement to DIY
types wherever I think it might do some good.
DeSoto, Iowa USA