Yup, another Astro thread.
Basically, I have been talking to Bob and Michele from Astro Flight quite a bit over the last few weeks regarding their motors and possible changes and stepping up production for a better price point and faster delivery time.
The 32 series motors are made by hand. So, buying in quantity does not make for a huge discount. But, it does affect it somewhat. Also, if I buy in quantity, I will have them in stock and be able to ship much quicker to my own customers. So, to that end, I wanted to find out how many people would want "In" on a relatively large group buy.
Here is the scoop;
The 3210 is normally $400 plus $20 extra for black anodizing. However, if I buy 50 of them, I can sell you guys each a motor for $285 with black anodizing included at no extra charge!
I am sure there would be quite a long delivery time on these. I am thinking well over a month, probably 6 weeks or so (just an educated guess).
Now, for those who are interested, here is some additional pertinant information regarding this;
First, I have actually been trying to talk Astro into making large quantity lots for me for a year. They have been burned a couple times from other customers who ordered many motors with various changes and cancelled the order after the huge lot had begun manufacture. Also, as I mentioned, the 32 series motors are hand made. So, they would probably really squeeze there workers to get these othe the door (overtime?). So, a quantity discount is not the same with them as a machine made motor would be.
Second, I have ordered dozens of motors. So, they are beginning to trust my word that a large order would be carried out once placed.
Third, they will not drop ship. All motors would ship directly to me and distributed from my shop. So, you will all have to trust me for this. Of course, I have to trust you guys in your word too because I will have to prepay a few thousand dollars to innitiate an order of this size.
Lastly, this has noting to do with the sensor issue. I have tried to get them to build sensored motors as well as Gary. No go as of yet. So, this would only be related to the standard sensorless 3210s.
Oh, one more thing;
I believe I could mix KVs in this order since they are hand wound. So, I am assuming I could order some 6 turn, some 10 turn, etc and still get the 50 lot discount.
So, who is interested in buying into a group buy?
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