Here are details of my order of the ten 5cm square PCB’s shown in DMD: Dual Motor Doohickey (Modular RBBB and TB6612FNG Driver Board). The total cost was $13.42, including shipping (subtotal $9.90, plus $3.52 Registered Air Parcel). There were no “extras” (like 100% e-test, special colors or shipping methods, etc.).
- 7:52 AM – Order placed. The total charge appeared on my PayPal account six minutes later, and the order confirmation with order number arrived at the same time.
- 8:47 AM – I added the order number to the silkscreen layer of the PCB as requested and sent the gerber files to the email address specified about an hour after the order was placed. The design and gerbers were created with Fritzing.
- 6:26 PM – Received an order update email: The order has been changed to status “Processing.”
- 8/03/2011, 4:37 AM – Received an order update email: The order has been changed to status “In production.”
- 8/04/2011, 1:49 AM – Received a person email from Dwin, I assume because when I ordered I had asked them to let me know if there were any problems: “Your PCB is under processing. If the file and design meets requirements, they will be processed and shipped in 4-6 working days.”
- 4:33 AM – Received an order update email: The order has been changed to status “Traceable.”
- 4:56 AM – Received an order update email: The order has been changed to status “Shipped.” (Yay!)
- 9:21 PM – Received an order update email with a link for tracking the order.
- 8/09/2011, 4:44 PM – Tracking status: “Acceptance” at Hong Kong; Tracking status: “Origin Post is Preparing Shipment.”
- 8/11/2011, 10:53 AM – Tracking status: “Processed Through Sort Facility” at Hong Kong. “The item left Hong Kong for its destination.” (United States of America)
- 7:29 AM – Tracking status: “Arrival at Unit” at my local post office.
- 4:01 PM – Delivered. I actually received 12 (instead of 10), and they all look great. They were very well packaged in a small corrugated cardboard box with lots of bubble wrap.
That’s 21 days or three calendar weeks start to finish — not bad at all! Tonight, I solder!