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Author Topic: Handmade Vs. Mass Produced - Opinions?  (Read 610 times)

Offline Rat_ranger

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Re: Handmade Vs. Mass Produced - Opinions?
« Reply #10 on: Oct 11, 2018, 12:01:23 »
I've made a bunch of one off parts for various things and used mass produced parts.  I've also bought one off parts from others.  It really depends on what it is, how much money I have, and how much time I have.
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Re: Handmade Vs. Mass Produced - Opinions?
« Reply #11 on: Oct 11, 2018, 12:09:27 »
Nice, that works.  We get mauled by huge manufacturers in China however - they steal the design and sell copies for a few cents.  We're getting ripped off on an industrial scale.

That sucks. I do feel like there is a growing percentage of people who would rather support the small business than China, though. Myself included.
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Re: Handmade Vs. Mass Produced - Opinions?
« Reply #12 on: Oct 11, 2018, 12:15:28 »
People definitely appreciate the small business, but in our experience it's a combination of exposure and $$'s that often steer the final decision.  Many of our designs are available in big chain stores across North America - the buyer simply doesn't know that they're rip-offs and not the original.  Oftentimes small businesses simply struggle for exposure in the face of major mass-produced availability.  That's where strong branding comes in, but it's still a monumental challenge.
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Re: Handmade Vs. Mass Produced - Opinions?
« Reply #13 on: Oct 11, 2018, 13:40:15 »
That sucks. I do feel like there is a growing percentage of people who would rather support the small business than China, though. Myself included.
I am all for supporting the small business !! 
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Re: Handmade Vs. Mass Produced - Opinions?
« Reply #14 on: Oct 11, 2018, 20:48:46 »
It's not just the small businesses getting screwed by China. I worked for a "major multi-national engineering and manufacturing business". Service and spare parts are where the profit lies in medical equipment - one of our segments. China hs been copying our parts that were made by US suppliers to our specs and undercutting us on parts on the world market. Although the machines are patent protected, the component parts, even to our specific design, would be impossible to cover. Then the part fails and we have to send our engineers in to do contracted service.
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Re: Handmade Vs. Mass Produced - Opinions?
« Reply #15 on: Oct 12, 2018, 17:34:42 »
Nice, that works.  We get mauled by huge manufacturers in China however - they steal the design and sell copies for a few cents.  We're getting ripped off on an industrial scale.

Very true.  A few years ago  on another forum a guy wrote about an idea he had and how to market it.  He got a number of replies.  But one hard nosed businessman (I call him that because I know him and he is) told him a couple of hard truths.  One that I remember is that if he thinks his product will be a hot seller he should make it but make a few warehouses ful because as soon as it hits the market and starts to sell the Chinese will steal it and flood the market at half the price.  Be ready for a short sale period.
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Re: Handmade Vs. Mass Produced - Opinions?
« Reply #16 on: Nov 09, 2018, 16:44:39 »
The various little parts I make could be knocked out much faster with CNC, Total production of vacuum adapters, starter block off, tach/speedo plugs I've made in last 10 (+?) yrs would probably take a day or less in a real production facility. plus every one would be exactly the same as the last. I know I've never made two identical starter block off plugs though and so does everyone who has bought one (thank you all) They take about an hour each to make but I sell them at around same price (lower) as the CNC ones that take about 5~6 minutes as I enjoy twirling the wheels on lather and mill when I have time.Some parts take way too long to make so I can't realistically sell them (6061 handlebar clamps for clip-on bars for example) They are somewhat sculpted and look 'old school' Fork braces are another part I've avoided finishing off, the fork clamps take too long to be fun  to make and I don't think people would pay even $10.00 hr for the time they take on manual machines. As such, if I find something I can use or modify, I will use it on a bike although I've bought a lot of stuff I may not ever use as it didn't look right after fitting or didn't fit my 'vision'  ;D :o
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