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I agree in theory, but it is honestly hard to start your own WC company, especially if it is not retail but actual WC designing and manufacturing. Considering the rising costs of copper and cut throat competition, it can become very expensive and stressful as expenses mount while you try to juggle maintaining the company and build relationships with fabs and material suppliers. It would be great if new companies could pop out that easily and push competition and innovation, but that doesn't happen too often, at least not in the US.
Considering that I've been on both the retail and the design/manufacturing end, it's not as hard as you're making it out to be... a PITA? Oh yes, definitely. Time consuming? Of course. Expensive? Between $50k and $75k is enough [even for retail...that's all PTS took] to get 'ya going if you want to break into the market quickly (e.g. a year or so), but it can be done for a lot less if you're an individual starting it as a hobby. Actually, now that I think about it, the initial investment for setting up a water cooling manufacturing business would most certainly be less than retail... it's also easier to make a profit by designing and selling your own products to resellers and end users than it is when you're simply a reseller.

Besides, there are still quite a few areas of the enthusiast market which haven't been tapped effectively by anyone just yet.

What it really comes down to is motivation... there isn't enough money in it to attract most entrepreneurial types and most of the enthusiasts either don't have the knowledge, resources, will/dedication, interest, ability, or some combination thereof.
post #32 of 33
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Originally Posted by Petra View Post
Considering that I've been on both the retail and the design/manufacturing end, it's not as hard as you're making it out to be... a PITA? Oh yes, definitely. Time consuming? Of course. Expensive? Between $50k and $75k is enough [even for retail...that's all PTS took] to get 'ya going if you want to break into the market quickly (e.g. a year or so), but it can be done for a lot less if you're an individual starting it as a hobby. Actually, now that I think about it, the initial investment for setting up a water cooling manufacturing business would most certainly be less than retail... it's also easier to make a profit by designing and selling your own products to resellers and end users than it is when you're simply a reseller.

Besides, there are still quite a few areas of the enthusiast market which haven't been tapped effectively by anyone just yet.

What it really comes down to is motivation... there isn't enough money in it to attract most entrepreneurial types and most of the enthusiasts either don't have the knowledge, resources, will/dedication, interest, ability, or some combination thereof.
Like I said, I agree with you in theory. If other companies can take advantage of this and rise up to drive competition and innovation, then I welcome it whole heartedly.
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i know motherboard blocks are supposed to be restrictive but that's ridiculous. . .
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