Odoo is an ERP with a lot of interesting features but has a big flaw: the installation is very complicated, making it almost mandatory to subscribe to Odoo Enterprise, which for a small business is insanely expensive.
Fortunately, on GitHub there is a script that simplifies the installation, and a lot!
Run install.sh on your Linux server, wait a few minutes and you will be given your login/management data at the end! Fantastic!
I got a 3D printer and so I searched for a reputable filament supplier.
All of them stated “this PLA has European origins”, or “the pellet used for this filament doesn’t come from China, but from Europe”, as if this is a mark of quality. This is why this doesn’t mean anything.
The cost of raw materials
The most popular plastic for 3D printing is NatureWorks PLA 4032D. A 20 kg box costs 140 dollars, 6 euro for each kg. If we order a ton, wholesale, the price is much lower!
This is the price in China:
22 yuan for 1 kg is around 3 euro, to which you have to add shipping fees. You can’t get shipped 20 kg of plastic pellets with the UPS, or you will pay 300 euro to get 60 euro of raw material! You have to make a LCL (less than a container load) shipping by sea. For my personal experience, shipping 1 cubic meter with LCL, costs around 1000 euro with all various fees.
A cubic meter of PLA weighs 1250 kg, so you have to consider that you’re paying 80 cents for each kg, for shipping.
The “chinese” PLA, is industrially made and it’s absolutely identical to “european” PLA, costs basically the same! They use european PLA, because it’s cheaper and more accessible!
Plastic is cheap, and shipping it between continents is very expensive.
How the filament is made
Moreover, it depends how the filament is made
Which one is better, a “Made in Italy” filament, made by an amateur in his garage, pulled with a $300 Filastruder, or a “Made in China” filament, pulled in an expensive high-tech factory?
They seem to imply that “made in Europe” equals to say that “it’s premium”, but it doesn’t mean anything.
Personally, I trust more a Chinese factory that has a daily production of thousands of rolls, and so has optimized the process, than a roll “made in Italy” by an unknown entity, without knowing how they make it…
Well, I waited too much time, I officially say that FEClix does NOT pay. I waited 220 days from the withdrawal, while their TOS states “within 20 working days” or something like that. Tickets are being ignored, the forum does not work (at least for me? I’m banned?).
They owe me $10
LOL, this ends my adventure in the “beer money” websites.
I knew from the beginning that they wouldn’t pay, because of this hints:
all the rented referrals they do exactly the same number of actions every day. I mean, exactly. How you can take 100 people at random, and have ALL of them do the exact number of actions, an average of 1.608 daily??? This proves that they are not human, but simulated.
90% of the actions were just self-promotion, like “vote us on this top 10”, or “visit our forum” – who pays for this? Nobody! Fake money
the admin doesn’t visit the site AT ALL, he still runs automated campaigns like “if you deposit money before the deadline of [6 months ago], we will credit you with extra bonus. At least have the decency to update the deadline. Questions from potential money-making customers like “can I deposit money for ad campaigns” are also ignored.
Searching ways to become a millionaire (I’m very far to the goal) I found an item that is usually sold in stores for 10 euro tax included.
In Italy you can get this item from wholesalers for about 2.50 euro + tax
But what’s the price in China?
If you search it on Aliexpress you can find it for 2 dollars, free shipping. The shipping is very slow, it takes up to 2 months, if the post office doesn’t lose it.
If you search on Alibaba (that’s a “Wholesale Aliexpress”) you can find it for $0.90 + shipping, with a minimum order of 500 pieces. Shipping is a big fee, because a 500 pcs box weights 20 kg and sending it with a fast delivery like the FedEx costs at least 1000 yuan.
If you search on Taobao (that’s a “Chinese eBay”) you can find them for 4 yuan each, no minumum. If you ask for a quantity discount, you can get them for 3.5 yuan.
So, the prices, converted in chinese yuan are:
MSRP in Italy: 60 yuan
Wholesale in Italy: 18 yuan
Aliexpress slow shipping, 1 piece: 13 yuan
An agent sources them for you in China: 5.80 yuan. With 1000 yuan for shipping, its 7.80 yuan each.
If you can source them by yourself (you need to speak Chinese): 3.50 yuan; shipped is 5.50 yuan each.
It’s interesting seeing how a product price rises, at each middleman: once the final customer gets in their hand, the price increased ten times!
Of course there’s the problem about how you can sell them in stores: it’s almost impossible to sell 500 pieces at 10 euro each if you are not a big chain, like Target.
I’m sure you read this sentence in a lot of other blogs (because they want to have you as a direct referral). The truth is; it’s just a waste of time. The rented referals they have a very low daily activity, the average can’t pay back the rent price. The automatic recycling of rentals comes after 14 days but… what a “coincidence”, after 13 days they have a small activity, then “die” again after one day. Is that possible??? ALWAYS LIKE THAT????
I wrote on the official forum, asking for explanations. My post was deleted in under one minute, without any further explanations.
What to say? Enough, I withdrew all of them, and game over.
Luckily, they send the money immediately via PayPal, I got them within 15 seconds.