Originally Posted by jitspoe
This perplexes me. Things like PowerBridge are $50+. Even the monoprice version is almost $50. You can go grab a box, outlet, and faceplate for $1 or less each, retail
. The whole kit should be possible to build for $10, but it's not possible to find just a single unmounted inlet for that price. Get a mounted one and the price jumps up to like $30. I don't get it. It's just 3 solid metal prongs. It's not like we're talking about sensitive electronic components here. What's with the 10x+ markup on these things? Am I missing something?
Three things right off the bat:
1) How many standard outlets are manufactured vs power inlet jacks? Economies of manufacturing scale.
2) Power inlet jacks are in the class of "specification grade" components. That is they are typically only used in commercial settings and therefore have tighter UL specifications. You can by a bottom line duplex AC outlet for less than a dollar. But the spec grade outlets also available at most home centers cost $4 and up. Just better quality.
3) You can buy power inlet jacks from industrial suppliers for about $10 retail. But not everybody knows that and many industrial suppliers won't sell retail. So some companies buy these products in bulk, put them in a shiny consumer package, and mark it up 300%.