Hmm, Like I said in my previous email. To avoid any one of us showing a lot of "Money Flow", we split it up.
Either the board manufacturer accepts a lot of little direct payments (which I doubt they want the administration hasstle).
Or we take turns collecting and paying the board maker.
Is this board maker local to Andrew? Then he will need to continue receiving and distributing the boards, otherwise we can lighten Andrew's load by taking turns to distribute the boards too. We might even start opening credit with one another, We each buy a batch of 20 boards and swap each other equal numbers, I mailed you 1 board, you mail me 1 board.?
When new comers join, if they want a Z80 CPU board, well, John stocks those... Extender card, go to Jack, Prototype cards? come to me...
Just an idea...
Subject: RE: [N8VEM-S100:2308] Re: accepting pre-orders for the S-100 Z80 CPU V2 board
Date: Wed, 5 Feb 2014 14:05:34 -0500
Honestly I have not figured this out yet. I am thinking that some analog of how we would do this were we all in the same small town. Think of a ham radio club that wanted to raise funds for a new repeater antenna. All the club members contribute to the fund, they buy it, install it, and they all use it. Part of the problem though is the N8VEM home brew computer project is definitely not a business and it more like a hobby club but just not well organized. There is no official leadership or treasurer and is basically an ad hoc group of random hobbyists that are globally dispersed.
What I am thinking about is basically every interested builder puts their money into a “kitty” and we use that to order the boards. The closest thing I can think of is to just mail a check, money order, or cash which I or some other builder then uses to order the PCBs. It is more hassle for everyone than PayPal but it avoids all of their problems too. I think any sort of electronic funds transfer service (Amazon, etc) has this problem. PayPal is just following the law to report when they see the number of transactions exceed some limit.
I am not sure of how WU or Money Gram works but if it involves posting bank account information that is a non-starter due to internet privacy concerns (really the total lack thereof). However there are some banks/credit unions that allow a sort of electronic paper check to be sent. The builder tells the bank to send the check and the bank/credit union literally mails a physical check to the specified address. It appears automatic and fully electronic from the senders end but the receiver gets an actual check. Sort of the best of both worlds if it is available.
Thanks and have a nice day!
Would it just be easier to have those of us who want a board to wire you the money via WU or Money Gram?
Just a thought.
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On Tuesday, February 4, 2014 9:07 PM, nbreeden <nbre...@me.com> wrote:
Please put me down for one.
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