# No clue how to price a PCB design

#### BobTPH

Joined Jun 5, 2013
2,047
I would not lowball the bid to get in. You are already in. If you want to continue doing work, charge what you expect to on future jobs, or you will end up locked in with lowball prices forever.

Bob

Joined Jul 18, 2013
19,163
Didn’t get that far, from a meeting last week he’s told me he’s presold his units to the STEM education market. I will ask for more detail while we talk on Tuesday when he has all the stuff ready to hand over to me.

In fact he’s asked me for product ideas/design to expand his product category in the future

#### Wolframore

Joined Jan 21, 2019
1,318
I’m almost done with the design already. Just need his part numbers so I can get the right buttons and toggles.

Joined Jul 18, 2013
19,163

#### Wolframore

Joined Jan 21, 2019
1,318
So now I’m on hold while they order parts. They want a working board as a deliverable. This took a lot longer than I originally thought. Making components fit into an enclosure is a pain in the butt. I was able to improve the design in a few ways.

Meanwhile they sent a second RFQ. This one is a bypass cap board that goes into its own enclosure. Seeing bits and parts is not ideal but I suppose it’s all that needed to get it done.

Joined Jul 18, 2013
19,163
Summed up in post #25!

.

Max.

Joined Jul 29, 2019
8
I always like to think about the IBM tech that was called out to fix an IBM system installed in the 70's. He arrived at the site in 1979 and was there for about an hour while he unpacked his tools. Then after listening to the client for 15 minutes he went over and tighten a screw. The mainframe came to life and began functioning again. The bill was \$50,000 dollars and the client said why so much. The tech responded I knew what screw to adjust. Same for PCB Designers.