SexyCyborg Sure! I'm Naomi Wu. DIY and amateur hardware person in Shenzhen china. So not a hardware professional. As I just said on Hackaday, a New Yorker could tell you how to buy a bagel, I can tell you how to buy a PCB, normal local knowledge not professional
Camilo Buscaron professionals are overrated! :-)
Sophi Kravitz We have a question about buying parts from Nikolaus: "What's a good way to get parts from directly from Manufacturers on Alibaba as a Maker / Hobbyist / Startup? I try to use aliexpress where ever I can but for some things there is simply no way to get parts anywhere else.
SexyCyborg Fake website
SexyCyborg Build a detailed website for a fake company that seems like it would be a good customer. Cheap template, little to no text in images so they can use google translate. I don't do them anymore but I got my start doing these for a flat rate.
SexyCyborg Also they are going to share your email anyway and you will get a ton of spam
SexyCyborg so might as well
@Jordan Bunker : what kinds of things are best to buy in Shenzhen?
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Arsenijs Also, I have good experience with taobao forwarding agents.
Piotr Esden-Tempski Ohh so rather than directing them to your own website you would also rather recommend making a fake one as one would get tons of spam?
Arsenijs (I think Naomi mentioned this in her first post on hackaday.com blog)
SexyCyborg Or a throwaway email. But it's not hard to look like a more appealing customer so might as well. But TaoBao first of course, but not everything is there
won't it all go bad when they find out?
Josh Soucie <3 Taobao
DL101 i spent tons of money buying stuff directly from taobao, nothing ever arrived D:
Arsenijs Not everything is on TaoBao? I thought that was the place that has more stuff than Alibaba
SexyCyborg LOL we just think it's clever
SexyCyborg No, some manufacturers are afraid of local copies
Arsenijs So they don't sell directly to China? I think I saw this recently
SexyCyborg Best things to buy in Shenzhen...anything you can get in the markets you can get online, but services. Prototyping, CNC all that, fastest and most professional in Shenzhen
SexyCyborg The markets are fun for feeling switches and seeing what is new, but most young engineers just source online and get next day delivery.
Sophi Kravitz says:6:17 PM
@Arsenic asks :: How viable is it now to subcontract manual assembly assembly to a factory in China?
Do you have any restrictions by being in China?
Sophi Kravitz And how do you find places to subcontract assembly to?
SexyCyborg Easy. hand work is very common still. But I can't give names. People always end up complaining to me when there are problems. this is IP- people earn a lot of money knowing how to make things in China. It's not the kind of information that's freely traded. I think a lot of Open Source Hardware is based around the idea that you without manufacturing expertise you won't be able to get it made as cheaply as the developers. People get off the plane "hey I need to hire an electrical engineer to build my idea for me" I hear this hundreds of times. does not work that way. that's why Hax, Noa labs etc have good business.
david Hard to believe some people think it does work that way.
Radomir Dopieralski we get them here regularly too
SexyCyborg DangerousPrototypes does this the smart way- just act as middle for local company. But everyone wants to cut out the middle person...
pt this is like the best #hackchat ever, thank you for doing this hackaday and @SexyCyborg
@hello :: What is the hacker/maker culture like in Shenzhen? Why aren't we seeing more people putting out cool projects onto the internet that are just for fun?
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