Originally Posted by AiDee
Like any product with a niche, specialist market, dacs reach insane prices, well above 10k. Which I think was Jason's point, IIRC...that the same quality levels could be reached much more cheaply.
Evidently there's a lot of innovative thought and design behind how Mike and Jason are achieving this though. These aren't merely the 'same' products built more cheaply.
What you're paying for in the Yggdrasil is the research and development, not a piece of hardware. if you just paid for raw parts and labor of assembly it would probably be around 300-400.
You also have to factor in overhead of employees (salary, benefits, etc), insurance to cover all their on site stock, equipment, and employee injuries, property (lease, mortgage), and equipment to (print PCBs, build chassis, etc.).
And the last driving factor of price is the sales forecast, if they know they're going to sell thousands of units, the price would drop a bit. But for a niche market, to cover all the costs mentioned above, the price would go up significantly.