RE: [stella] You may find this interesting...

Subject: RE: [stella] You may find this interesting...
From: Joe Grand <joe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 23 May 2003 13:33:16 -0400
You must have missed some previous portions of this discussion. Try checking the archives. The plan was to have me (Pixels Past) and AtariAge import a number of cartridges from Patola in Brazil and offer them for sale in the US. So there is no risk for end-users, and we (PP and AA) would front the cash to bring the cases into the country. But the usefulness remains to be seen.


At 01:13 PM 5/23/2003, chris koivu wrote:
I think I would still buy the cases from vg wiz, I dont need 5000 cases, And the more you buy the cheaper the unit price is, also when you buy
from out of the country, you are taking a risk, as there is no one protecting your interests in the event of a scam. I will just get them from vg wiz

Joe Grand <joe@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
As has been mentioned a bunch on this list, Patola has quoted $0.85 each
for up to 5000 pieces. After dealing with shipping, taxes, marking up for
importing, etc. the per unit price to the public might be up around $2 or
$3. Not too bad, in my opinion. The only immediate downside is the need to
create the custom PCB, but as you can see from that wouldn't
be a problem. All I would need to do it send Patola my payment information
and they can turn around in 2-3 weeks maximum.

The $5 per unit from VGWiz is the same price you can get brand new games
from O'Sheas for (and they still have millions available), so there is no
cost savings there, just a few minutes of time saved by not having to
remove the label.


At 03:48 AM 5/23/2003, Glenn Saunders wrote:
>At 11:! 13! AM 5/21/2003 -0400, Joe Grand wrote:
>>Funny timing, as the guys from Patola FINALLY wrote me back (if you
>>remember, we had a discussion about importing the cart shells from Brazil
>>a few months ago, and they finally wrote back with samples of 1000, 2000,
>>and 5000 pieces). The price is very low
>How low is very low?
>Considering that most homebrew games don't go over 200 units, the pricing
>on the new shells is a bit high. Don't get me wrong, this is a great
>development and I'm all for spending more on manufacturing in order to
>avoid cannibalizing old carts (which I don't like more from an
>archeological preservation angle vs. a time-sink one).
>It would be nice to know whether we should pursue Patola after all or
>whether it's not worth the hassle.

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