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RE: [N8VEM-S100:2315] Re: accepting pre-orders for the S-100 Z80 CPU V2 board

At least for Citibank and BofA their online banking allows you to send money to an individual as a check via US mail. It’ easier that writing an actual check and going to mail it. And is every way acts the same.

Anybody the wants boards simply sends Andrew such a check (with the board type on the memo). Hand written checks can of course be also used. 

We take a no check no order policy.   ).  He accumulates them and if/when a trigger point number is reached sends out the order.  If after say 3 months not enough orders arrive then the check is returned un-cashed.


Frankly since Andrew has to administer all of this there has to be his cost “overhead”.   It’s unfair he gets stuck with this task, day in, day out.    I’m not sure what the number is, but I’m guessing $10 at least.


I think distributing the task around to different people, particularly somebody that has never done this before is asking for trouble and definitely not for overseas users.





From: n8vem...@googlegroups.com [mailto:n8vem...@googlegroups.com] On Behalf Of Vince Mulhollon
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Subject: Re: [N8VEM-S100:2315] Re: accepting pre-orders for the S-100 Z80 CPU V2 board


On Wednesday, February 5, 2014 2:33:30 PM UTC-6, pbirkel wrote:

2. PayPal to fund-collector.  When they have accumulated the necessary amount they either send a single PayPal to Andrew or send a personal check (or other fund transfer mechanism).

Unfortunately that would probably look to the algorithms exactly like money laundering, which I guess is what it is, although not for unlicensed pharmaceuticals as is usually done.  If you thought they were excited now, give that scheme a try a couple times.

Bitcoins?  Seems to be the up and coming standard for cheap money transfer.

Probably postal money orders is the cheapest overall idea?

There are of course alternative financial models, like ebay or even an amazon storefront.  That would require fronting the money so prices would go up and those marketplaces love to skim money.  But you have to be realistic, I'm guessing for most people the PCBs would still be a fraction of component cost at twice the PCB cost.

Another idea is the classic parallel processing.

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