Some more insight into chips brokering...
At 23:08 1997-06-03 -0400, Scott Beatty wrote:
>this page is the greatest and most usefull page i have ever seen.
>as mentioned above you sell rare and common chips. if an order is placed, at
>an average how long does it take to send the order to detroit.
First the chips need to be found. Sometimes they can't be found...
It also depends on where the chips are found. When they're
found abroad it takes longer of course.
Generally it takes between a couple of days and two weeks, I think.
>do your prices compare to (catalog or electonics store).
For obsolete chips there are no fixed prices: It's all a matter
of supply and demand...
In fact: Even for non-obsolete chips it's a matter of supply
When you need (obsolete) chips, you can email me the kind and
amount and you'll get an offer (if they can be found) and you
either accept of reject it.
You can also give a maximum target price (if you like) in which
case we can act faster and sometimes secure stocks without
having to wait for your confirmation and thereby risking that
others buy that stock before we do.
It's a very specialized business...
And we can also get you non-scarce chips of course, we just
buy them from a regular distributor and add a little percentage... ;-)
But when the marges are low, we generally advice people to
buy from the regular distributors directly.
Some OEM's have all their chips purchasing done by their
broker. Saves them time and the need to get to know the
market. In the mean time they can concentrate on preparing
the production of the boards etc.
Brokers that know the market well can often buy chips
much cheaper than the OEM's can, because they're dealing with
colleagues and colleagues generally try to help each other...
Chip brokers outside of the USA:
Chip brokers inside of the USA by first letter of name: