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    Default Profit margin on a $25 power supply

    I am not suggesting getting a $25 power supply (with postage), but what sort of profit margin is there on such a unit?

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    Depends on the PSU.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    I am not suggesting getting a $25 power supply (with postage), but what sort of profit margin is there on such a unit?
    LOL! That's such a random question!

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    I meant an ATX supply, not a wall wart.

    $25 for

    * Postage
    * Case
    * Fan
    * Transistors
    * Transformers
    * Inductor coils
    * Capacitors
    * Diodes
    * Heatsinks
    * Cables
    * Connectors
    * Circuit board
    * Assembly
    * Testing

    I would imagine it was hard to do all that for just $25

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    Quote Originally Posted by ashiekh View Post
    I meant an ATX supply, not a wall wart.

    $25 for

    * Postage
    * Case
    * Fan
    * Transistors
    * Transformers
    * Inductor coils
    * Capacitors
    * Diodes
    * Heatsinks
    * Cables
    * Connectors
    * Circuit board
    * Assembly
    * Testing

    I would imagine it was hard to do all that for just $25
    So you're talking about a BRAND NEW PSU for $25?

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    https://www.amazon.com/Apevia-ATX-AS...3637104&sr=8-4

    It even includes the mains lead...
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    You've seen Aris's review of the Armaggeddon Voltron 235FX PSU, right? Does it LOOK like there's $10 worth of components in there?

    Quality PSUs have more money wrapped up in raw copper alone than that thing. (Obviously I'm exaggerating as copper is only $1.81 per pound, but still...)

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    My question was about 'profit margin' rather than quality; Aris's review showed it shut down before doing any damage to anything.
    Last edited by ashiekh; 07-01-2020 at 08:16 PM.

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    In the end it depends on how many corners you're willig to cut. The lower specs you accept the cheaper these units get. If you at least wanna make it look decent (nice colorbox, black shell, 120mm fan, concrete block for aditional weight, powercord) cost will be around 8 USD. The colorbox can actually be major cost adder, >1 USD if you really wanna make it look premium. If you don't care at all you can get "ATX" PSU for 5 USD and slightly less, so there can be plenty of margin on a 25 USD PSU. I think the cheapest I've seen was 4 USD only. In the end most of these models are fraud though because product description is far from reality.

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    Very impressive that so much can be done for less than $10; I'd not touch one with a barge pole, but that does not stop me from being impressed.

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