Quoted from Mr_Tantrum:
I went with the DIY kit. All in, I spent about 3-4 hours
soldering everything together and performing the installation (FYI,
I used a 20 year old basic run of the mill soldering iron -
probably could have done it much faster with a better tool).
For the Getaway SC DIY version, here is what you need
1 x WPC Kit DIY: $40
1 x 1M Addressable LEDs 60/M tape backing (black): $10
TOTAL = $55 ($5 shipping)
The plug and play kit for Getaway is $175 + $5 shipping
While you will save yourself all of the soldering work, it will
cost you an extra $125 and take a couple of weeks to receive
In addition to buying the kit, Eric (lyonsden) is incredibly
helpful from the purchase, to the build, to the install, to
programming. He also has online documentation available for
FYI, if Eric is okay with it, for those of you who either can't
or don't want the work of the DIY kit, I'd be happy to order and
build then forward on to you for $160 all-in ($20 savings), and I
would turn it around in a day or two from the time I receive the
parts to the time I ship it to you.
Quoted from zene10:
Please check with Eric. Buying kits directly from him allows for continued development, support and the ability to keep an inventory of parts.
I’m not sure how “incredibly helpful” Eric would be if someone buys a kit from you and had problems in the future.
Are you willing to take over service and support?
Just a thought.
Figured I should comment on this. I do my best to sell DIY kits for the Pinduino as close to cost as I can. The original purpose of the Pinduino was to let people easily create and make their own mods. To support this, the code for the Pinduino is open source, there are board sets for the pinduino that are open source, and I make all the documentation available for anyone to use.
When people go the DIY route, I'm happy to help out as much as I can to explain the code, teach programming, and offer advice for how to make their ideas a reality. It is really rewarding to see how excited people get when they build their mod to their liking.
Do I have any problem people buying DIY kits, building things, and reselling them? Absolutely not. Do I have a problem with someone using my design, selling the exact thing I sell, on the same site I sell, and undercutting me by $20? No, but I would appreciate it if people checked in with me beforehand. Importantly, as zene10 noted, they will be responsible for support.
The pinduino is built on open source projects, and the ideas that go into the designs come from my experience and other people's ideas. In fact, the design for the Getaway kit came from another pinsider. As people saw it, they asked for it, and that pinsider wasn't going to make kits so I was happy to help and fill that need.
For anyone who has makes and sell mods, they understand how much support really costs (lots of time), and I'm happy when someone else is willing to take on that responsibility.