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mrpackethead:
It had to happen. One of the fabs ( not going to name them because well. it will be pcb fab flame bait ), is givign away 2 layer pcbs 5 pces for FREE, ( new customers )..  Just pay for postage.. if you use the low cost options this can be as little as $5 to the US!   

Does anyone else worry that the pcb fab industry has got to a point that they are not going to make any money and they will all start shutting up and then we wont' have the cheap pcb fab capability?

pix3l:
I think they are trying anything they can to win your soul (or money ;-)

PCB's are getting increasingly cheap, I think what also helps making this possible is economy of scale : the more boards you are able to make, the cheaper you can do it.

Berni:
Yeah even the $2 offer from JLC has me worried about it.

The PCB market is getting way too saturated and seams like they are desperate to get costumers. At some point the whole thing is going to break down and result in something similar to the recent "great ceramic capacitor shortage"

Psi:

--- Quote from: Berni on April 25, 2019, 06:23:36 pm ---Yeah even the $2 offer from JLC has me worried about it.

The PCB market is getting way too saturated and seams like they are desperate to get costumers. At some point the whole thing is going to break down and result in something similar to the recent "great ceramic capacitor shortage"

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I doubt it, some of them will go under/bankrupt and the others will get more business which makes them less likely to go under themselves. It's all self correcting.

For a Great PCB Shortage you'd need to have two factors happening at once.
Like a few of the major PCB companies going under and the demand for PCBs to reduce at the same time.

eg, maybe some new 3D printer tech comes along and suddenly everyone gets the ability to print perfectly solderable copper tracks onto a bare pcb. (ok, maybe that's a bit unlikely, but you get the idea.)

Mechatrommer:

--- Quote from: mrpackethead on April 25, 2019, 05:53:30 pm ---is givign away 2 layer pcbs 5 pces for FREE, ( new customers )..

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and then what? (for returning customers)


--- Quote from: mrpackethead on April 25, 2019, 05:53:30 pm ---( not going to name them because well. it will be pcb fab flame bait )
Does anyone else worry that the pcb fab industry has got to a point that they are not going to make any money and they will all start shutting up and then we wont' have the cheap pcb fab capability?

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just name it. we will enjoy to see how it goes... (customers who only want to get free meal and not returning back :scared:)

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