[meteorite-list] Membrane Boxes
From: Darren Garrison <cynapse_at_meteoritecentral.com>
Date: Sat Feb 11 22:42:07 2006
On Sat, 11 Feb 2006 19:01:14 -0800, you wrote:
> Would you please make these membrane boxes? I am sure everyone
>on the list - and all of Christendom would be happy to give you 6 c each
>for a 100% "mark up" and be happy to do so.
I probably could make them for that price-- if I already had an industrial press
and the steel molds. I doubt that more than 6 cents worth of plastic goes into
them. Which is my point-- anyone who already has the infrastructure to make
these things COULD make these things, CHEAP. They are a very simple design,
using a small amount of plastic. They are only slightly more complex than the
plastic packaging consumer goods are shipped in, or even the plastic capsules
that capsule machine toys come in (probably the same type of plastic, and
equally clear). Going by the 38 mm sized ones, you could probably make 4 "six
packs" on a single, standard sized steel mold. Maybe two minutes between molds
(just guessing). So you could make 12 of them per minute per molding machine.
ANY plastics plant could make them. But only one company is "allowed" to make
them. Therefore, no competition. No market pressure on their prices. So they
can charge whatever rate they think the market can bare rather than fighting it
out with competitors. Good for them. Bad for us. Words small enough?
Received on Sat 11 Feb 2006 10:50:12 PM PST