MAKER BUSINESS – “ORANGE PI: MEETING WITH STEVEN ZHAO IN SHENZHEN”— (translated)
Steven announces that Orange Pi can buy a good quality WiFi component for $ 1, that its cards will have a good Wi-Fi connection for this price.
-How, if the purchase of the component is $ 1, inevitably the exit fee will be a bit higher for the end customer, Mr. Zhao? - If you tell me the price, I will know your margin … –
– No, because today all Orange Pi cards are sold at the BOM (Bills of Material) rate.
-Does this mean that the cost of engineers, premises, development equipment, design and all that … is not impacted in the price of a card?
“But how is this possible?”
-We are subsidized by the government.
And this is a breathtaking statement. Orange Pi is a private company in a state dumping system. This is what can be said from a Western point of view, from international agreements and from the whole conceptual framework designed to protect well-established industrialists.
Great article on how the Orange Pi is made… “The plan at 3 years is to sell ten times more Orange Pi than Raspberry.” That was would be 150 million units.
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