supa8 wrote:I agree. As usual, it appears people tend to disregard the human & time factor in the grand making of things.
Labour itself if you were to pay yourself $10 and hour on a first project would certainly go beyond the $1000.
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Would have to seriously disagree. The subject title said DIY. DIY is generally done in one's non-formal working time and it would be unusual to pay oneself with money for such time. If you would otherwise be working and earning money, then yes it should be taken into account but then the same would apply to any activity around the house from cooking, washing up, cleaning, gardening, watching TV, making films, etc. We could take it to the extreme and do paid work for our every waking hour and then employ servants to do everything around the house, not a new idea but would be rather rare these days!
We mostly all have spare time, or should I say leisure time and I for one would prefer to spend it being creative, with some DIY for example, than sitting down in front of the idiot's lantern watching the endless banal rubbish trotted out as TV programming. Your time can be valued in many ways but to just put a $$ value on leisure time is stupid IMHO.
Roger runs a business and has to put food on the table for his family. Ergo he has to make a decent margin on his products and whilst there may be some economies of scale, I would suggest that for this type of product there would be plenty of scope for a capable DIY'er to achieve the same or better for less outlay in cash terms, the "price to pay" being leisure time - although I would consider the end result a reward for my time, "payment" doesn't only come in money tokens!
Anyway, from reading the above posts it would appear that Thomas is making the correct decision for his own purposes, perhaps the post title should have been "Should I build my own scanner or buy one?"
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