Interesting post on the potential impact that the 25% tariff on Chinese products could have on makers and educators. Repairers too?
Stiff new taxes on simple components, sub-assemblies, and tools like soldering irons contrasted against a lack of taxation on finished goods pushes business owners to send these “last screw” operation overseas.
Unfortunately, both of those items – simple circuit boards and LEDs – are about to get 25% more expensive with the new tariffs, along with other Maker and educator staples such as capacitors, resistors, soldering irons, and oscilloscopes. The impact of this cost hike will be felt throughout the industry, but most sharply by educators, especially those serving under-funded school districts.
Gotta say though, I quite like the retro Ethernet card that Brazil produced when they were reliant on domestically-produced components.