OSSC 1.6 knockoffs on the eBay ... a lot of them

By Spider

Resident (45)

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01-03-2019, 05:39

I searched OSSC on ebay, and noticed a lot of OSSC knockoffs shipped from China [surprise?]
https://www.ebay.com/itm/153390232965
those $25 less than if bought from authentic source.
... and I doubt they have a license to produce/resell from the author.

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By Grauw

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01-03-2019, 09:57

Well it’s open source so they wouldn’t need a license! And I think having more manufacturing sources for this hardware, as well as (slightly) lower prices, is a welcome development. I bet the author is actually pretty happy to see this.

Thanks for the link! I like how the remote has the function labels on it.

By Pencioner

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01-03-2019, 13:52

@Spider it will get cheaper for Europeans only if the guys from VGP don't solve their Brexit issues and they will be shipping from outside the EU (they are trying to move production to Northern Ireland, which will remain EU). But if they do solve it, then, for example, if it goes from China to Sweden - adds + 25% VAT + 75 SEK service fee. Doesn't make it cheap at all - one from ebay gonna be expensive Smile But for many non-EU residents it makes sense to buy on ebay of course

By TomH

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26-03-2019, 20:35

Trying to remain strictly within the realm of facts: Northern Ireland is currently part of the UK; the future relationship, and the possibility of a border either between Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland, or between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, is a large part of the dispute re: the proposed Brexit deal.

That all being said, VGP now seem to be offering a registered address in Dublin, which is in the Republic of Ireland, which is definitely staying in the EU.

Still not selling OSSCs again though.

By UsagiPretzels

Rookie (20)

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06-04-2020, 21:02

TomH wrote:

Trying to remain strictly within the realm of facts: Northern Ireland is currently part of the UK; the future relationship, and the possibility of a border either between Northern Ireland the Republic of Ireland, or between Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK, is a large part of the dispute re: the proposed Brexit deal.

That all being said, VGP now seem to be offering a registered address in Dublin, which is in the Republic of Ireland, which is definitely staying in the EU.

Still not selling OSSCs again though.

Speaking of OSSCs, are there any more MSX computers in Ireland?
But I can only find the Mitsubishi ML-F80 and the Spectravideo MSX computers that are in the Republic of Ireland.

By Latok

msx guru (3744)

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11-04-2020, 10:30

What is the best place to buy an OSSC nowadays, when you're in Europe?

By Grauw

Ascended (8907)

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11-04-2020, 14:09

The original distribution channel is through VideoGamePerfection.com. I got my OSSC from there (back when they had a waiting list) and very happy with it, decent build, have not had any problems. They recently moved their business from the UK to Ireland due to Brexit.

But since is open source hardware those from eBay are probably also good. Calling them knockoffs is not appropriate I think, thanks to the open source design we’re not dependent on a single manufacturer, and some competition on price is also nice. However I have no experience with the build quality, I suggest to find reviews for them. As usual it is a choice between the A brand which has a good reputation, or the B brand which comes a little cheaper.

p.s. I also bought an overlay for the remote control from here.