[Cyborg] HMC5843 minimum order and pricing woes.
lamont at cluepon.com
Thu Apr 2 23:46:17 UTC 2009
This started as a "hey, who else wants a compass chip to help me meet
the minimum order" but instead turned into a musing rant about pricing
So digikey had a bad batch of the HMC5843 3 axis compass chip, and
they're now backordered to 5/30 on replacements.
A user on the sparkfun forum, The_Todd, posted about this and finally
got his replacements from honeywell, and he's been happy with the
I was going to order parts from honeywell directly, but a) it's a
minimum order of 5 and b) they want $40 per chip, which is more than
double what digikey wanted (no minimum order, $19.20 per chip)
arrow electronics also wants $40 per chip, and has no stock.
I'm not exactly pleased with the price doubling, but $40 is still better
than the $60 that the rest of the modules go for. However, honeywell
claims an up to 8 week delivery, which means I can save money and get it
at about the same time from digikey.
So at this point I think I'm just going to order from digikey and wait
till they get their stock in around 5/30. unless someone else has a 3
axis compass they recommend.
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