|Authored by: Anonymous on Tuesday, November 27 2012 @ 12:30 PM EST|
|There are two major factors involved in supplying kits, both of which make fully|
assembled delivery more economical. First, automated insertion and wave flow
systems are much more reliable than manual assembly and hand soldering. So the
final product will have much better quality if assembled at the factory.
Second, you would need to provide support, hand-holding and troubleshooting
assistance for many of those that decided to assemble the kits. That takes a lot
of preparation and people taking phone calls that know a lot more than how to
read instructions off a script. And there will be some that can't get it right
no matter how much help they get, so those kits will probably have to be
replaced with fully assembled units anyway.
I used to have Heath Kit test equipment that I assembled and used as part of a
correspondence course. But these days I am more likely to look for that kind of
equipment at swap meets and amateur radio clubs. Used commercial (or surplus
military) products are still more reliable and usually last far longer than
those kits did.
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