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Cost to make Moto X article

2013-08-28, 13:41 PM


http://allthingsd.com/20130827/teardown-reveals-googles-moto-x-costs-221-to-build/

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Re: Cost to make Moto X article

2013-08-28, 13:57 PM


Great read - I was curious if they'd bring up the cost differential for US vs. non-US manufacture. $5 doesn't seem like that big a deal to me.

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Re: Cost to make Moto X article

2013-08-28, 15:25 PM


mk1151 said:


Great read - I was curious if they'd bring up the cost differential for US vs. non-US manufacture.

$5 doesn't seem like that big a deal to me.


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$5 times a million pieces ...

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Re: Cost to make Moto X article

2013-08-28, 15:27 PM


JBass said:



mk1151 said:


Great read - I was curious if they'd bring up the cost differential for US vs. non-US manufacture.

$5 doesn't seem like that big a deal to me.


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$5 times a million pieces ...


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Granted, but they're charging the consumers for that. My point is, if Moto said "if you'd pay $5 more for a phone assembled in the USA, would you?" I don't know anyone that would say no.



I have to believe they've priced it to include sufficient margin to cover this. Moto's not eating $5 * millions of phones.

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Re: Cost to make Moto X article

2013-08-28, 15:38 PM
I'd pay extra if it means an American worker had a job. I'm not stupid and want to pay exorbitant prices, but in this economy I choose to buy American.
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Re: Cost to make Moto X article

2013-08-28, 16:11 PM


iambc1 said:

I'd pay extra if it means an American worker had a job.

I'm not stupid and want to pay exorbitant prices, but in this economy I choose to buy American.View original




I also don't mind paying a little extra to buy quality American products. yes

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Re: Cost to make Moto X article

2013-08-29, 3:28 AM
Android central has an article called off contract at&t moto x now available through moto maker. 580.00 for 16GB 630.00 for 32 GB. Now after reading that this cost 220.00 to build that's one hell of a profit msrgin. You would think that it was built by the people for the people with deep pockets. You would think that they would keep it in line with the nexus 4 price which the specs are almost in line, and on 4.3 to boot. You would think that they would try a different approach just to get it into the hands of the people for the people who truly want to upgrade but the price point pushes them away to subsidized plans. I like this phone and I think subsidized plans are going away. Look into maybe 5 years from now and what do you see? Someone I think missed a great opportunity to mix it up.
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Re: Cost to make Moto X article

2013-08-29, 12:02 PM


mrip said:

Android central has an article called off contract at&t moto x now available through moto maker. 580.00 for 16GB 630.00 for 32 GB. Now after reading that this cost 220.00 to build that's one hell of a profit msrgin. You would think that it was built by the people for the people with deep pockets. You would think that they would keep it in line with the nexus 4 price which the specs are almost in line, and on 4.3 to boot. You would think that they would try a different approach just to get it into the hands of the people for the people who truly want to upgrade but the price point pushes them away to subsidized plans. I like this phone and I think subsidized plans are going away. Look into maybe 5 years from now and what do you see? Someone I think missed a great opportunity to mix it up.View original


 



These numbers do not represent a loaded value - they do not include recoup of R&D, building maintence costs, utilities, overhead, marketing, shipping, support and maintenance for each device, etc, etc.



This is just the sum total of the hardware components and the approx. assembly cost based on the time it takes to build a phone factoring in the salary of the assembler.



At first glance it may seem like Moto is running away with the bank but I think they probably see $50/unit in actual profit. In time the prices on phones drop because demand decreases so less dedicated resourcing and marketing is required, and the R&D costs have been recovered.

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Re: Cost to make Moto X article

2013-08-29, 12:10 PM


Well, actually, there are other costs. The phone has to earn back the costs of design, software engineering, marketing, shipping, warranty repair/replacement, support, supply chain, future software upgrades, operating costs, salaries, benefits... The list goes on and on. The cost of manufacturing the phone is actually a small piece of the profit puzzle.



Back in the 90s, it was determined that about $1600 of the price of every GM car was attributed to the cost of providing healthcare to GM employees.  Back then, employees didn't have to contribute to that cost. Things have changed.



So whether or not the numbers in that article are accurate, they're deceptive, because they don't come close to painting the full picture.

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Re: Cost to make Moto X article

2013-08-29, 15:02 PM


Similar articles peg the iphone at around $200 to build. Even if the labor and parts to assemble are relatively cheap, there is still the 6 months prior to production where teams of people were paid salaries while nothing was being made. There were also expensive one-off test units and all kinds of other pre-production stuff that may not being taken into account. 


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