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sneakeyboard
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Apr 12, 2020
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I just don't understand the pricing here. Can the manufacturer/seller explain the costs associated with this product? I'm not expecting margins to be minimal here, I just want to know what's driving the price so much higher from my $25 cable from another run (Cablemods. This is another Drop product). I'm unsure if the purpose of the middle (aviator) connector is justified outside of aesthetics. What does this connector bring other than having a connector extra from the one on the cable's end? I thought usb-c was already mitigating some of the degrading that came from plugging peripherals in and out. What's in the box? Do I get more than a single connector? If the benefit is increasing the life span on the device's connector, can I get an spare aviator to usb for another pc/device? Is the aviator connector really adding an extra $30 from other cable makers that use identical materials? (See link above) I have so many questions... Will there be another collaboration to design colors for other keycap sets (i.e. other MiTo's sets like Laser...the XDA one...etc) or is it just this one run and that's it? I think it's a bit expensive to tempt me to buy this. At roughly $50, I expect functionality to earn its price tag; aesthetics can only go so far.
Apr 12, 2020
MiTo
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Apr 15, 2020
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I think the aviator and metal connectors really add to the cost of the cable in the end. Like you said, the connectors bring some good functionality in regards of USB port protection, if you plug and unplug cables back and forth there is a chance the port will break. The connectors help with that, even with USB-C, which in the end also has some wiggle. I think the cost of the cable is justified given the materials used, the connectors and the overall construction from what I have seen, it is a very solid cable. As for upcoming collabs, if there is interest we could certainly look into it. What key cap sets and color combos would you like to see?
Apr 15, 2020
slgerb
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Apr 16, 2020
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Mechcables (the cable brand you previously bought) literally ran a Drop with similar pricing to this, so it's not out of the ordinary. I'm bewildered how people are so openly criticizing the pricing of cables without considering the process and manufacturing time. It essentially takes much more time than your usual resin artisan keycap that is batch-produced once the master mold is made. Yet people aren't really complaining about artisans charging $50 a cap that costs cents in materials. Worse yet, people are dropping $25 for desk mats that are mass produced in China for also cents to the dollar.
Apr 16, 2020
sneakeyboard
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Apr 16, 2020
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I never got the point of artisan keycaps... they're equivalent to a product that you shouldn't use or it won't be preserved; A billion percent aesthetics and not worth it for me but I get what you're saying. At least know that it wasn't a simple "this costs too much" rant. These were mainly questions about the price.
Apr 16, 2020
sneakeyboard
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Apr 16, 2020
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Thanks for the info. I would be curious to see how more options added to this could impact the drop's success. I'm not sure what criteria makes the run happen but it would be nice to have drops which can be modified/customized and have either the aviator option or the regular cable with the more affordable price tag. What I'm saying is, it will make people aware of the product. I had no clue this was a thing in this market as I've only seen these in headsets. I also don't frequent social media platforms (including these kinds of communities) so that may be why.
Apr 16, 2020
slgerb
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Apr 16, 2020
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Yea, I gotcha, I'm not a big buyer of artisan caps as well outside of some Jelly Keys. I do think people need to treat these cables as an aesthetic purchase as well. I think things get lost when people expect this to be functionally superior to your standard USB cable. Outside of the detachable feature, this is for aesthetic and pricing is strongly tied to the time it takes to make them.
Apr 16, 2020
spacecables
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Apr 16, 2020
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Hi friend, This is our first time being featured on Drop, so we were attempting to keep possible options to choose from down as to make it easier to handle and the lead times shorter. Our pricing is exactly standard to everything else on the market within 5% in either direction. The Aviator connector (which is required on this order) is $11-$12 of the cost. The coils which are optional and labor intensive add $19. In the future runs we do on drop, we'll add the option to opt-out from the aviator connector or select various other detachable ends, this should bring the cost down to those who do not favor the aviator connector or the coils. You can see various other colorways/projects we've done here: https://instagram.com/spacecables
Apr 16, 2020
udller
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Apr 17, 2020
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yeah. that sounds good. im so very tempted by this. but i havent worked in a month. and i dont really need a cable with an aviator thing in the middle. but so pretty ")
Apr 17, 2020
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