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Selling open-hardware tools

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Without doubts, the easiest model to generate revenue is to sell a product. Open hardware is no exception, and [@pearce2017Emerging Business Models for Open Source Hardware] suggests it as a possible way of generating income. However, I find that the paper focuses too much in cutting costs. I wonder if costs are related to lower quality, not factoring in development, or violating royalties that more established companies have to pay.

The examples [@pearce2017Emerging Business Models for Open Source Hardware] cites are from the electronics world, in which there is a clear advantage in: being first to market, scale, and commoditized manufacturing processes (PnP machines, etc.)

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