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    Hi, I think the problem with trying to make money from DIY forums that specialise in holiday shows is that people do this for fun and may not be available to provide assistance at your greatest time of need. Anyone attempting to commercialise this needs to have a very good understanding of all the elements they are using, there limitations and spares of everything.

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    I have given away sequences and done sequences for people for free and some people have given me stuff and money for helping them I do it because I like helping I never ask for anything in return for the help because I know someday I will need help and hope someone will return the favor to me
    James WinterHaven Fl

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    Lately, when I help, I ask for my new standard compensation: A video of a song in the show.


    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyX...ttrsZNARkUce0Q

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    Well this certainly took a turn in a direction I didn't think about.....

    I wasn't specifically meaning trying to make money off those in the hobby community, but more of taking the knowledge you have within the hobby and using it to make money outside of those that do displays for the love of it.

    Some have stated that they find "art" in making the sequences. I personally find the "art" in building the infrastructure for the display. For some reason I get in this zen like state when I am running electrical and making custom length ext cords. I absolutely suck as soldering so I typically buy my boards pre-built but then do smaller soldering projects myself. When my display lights up, everyone sees the lights, but in my mind I see the thousands of feet of SPT-2 and the know the exact AMP levels going to each channel and controller.


    I too have shared my knowledge with individuals on different Facebook groups and even on here. If my question ruffled any feathers I am sorry. I was just curios if anyone on the board made a living doing Christmas display type things.
    2016 - 32 LOR Channels - Roughly 5,000 Lights - 2 Sequenced Songs
    2017 - 64 LOR Channels - 9,373 Lights - 4 Sequenced Songs
    2018 - 64 LOR Channels - New House - Total Redesign - 9,011 Lights - 5 Sequenced Songs (Interactive)
    2019 - 80 LOR Channels - Expecting 15,000+ Lights - 6-8 Sequences Songs (Interactive)

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    No worries. Actually a very fun conversation.


    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyX...ttrsZNARkUce0Q

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    It’s funny that just about everyone on this thread has helped me out in one way or another and never asked for anything in return. If not for you guys I’d still have a boring static display. Thanks for Brightening up my world.

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    Seems simple to me , if you want to charge, go ahead, If I wish to purchase I will, if not, I won't
    Flash Flash Blink Blink,,Oh What A Relief It Is

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    I find that this whole arena is very self police-ing. If someone mis behaves or doesn't provide good support for something they sell, then they fall out of favor and folks quit buying from them.

    Then there is whole area of open sourcing and documentation.
    After RPM dropped off the face of the earth, I decided I would no longer buy anything where the code and/or schematics weren't posted. Especially the code.

    As far as support is concerned... that is the point of this forum. I've never had an issue there this community didn't get me through it.
    In fact, there are times where the vendors are overwhelmed and this group is the best support there is.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ukewarrior View Post

    Then there is whole area of open sourcing and documentation.
    After RPM dropped off the face of the earth, I decided I would no longer buy anything where the code and/or schematics weren't posted. Especially the code.
    The DIGWDF engineering staff feels very strongly about providing adequate documentation, and when we put a new gizmo in the store, we also make sure that the assembly & user guide is put online at the same time. We usually include a Q&A section in the user guide and try to anticipate many of the obvious questions that a user or potential user might have and we admit that in part, we do this to reduce the number of questions that might come our way. We call it "proactive support" and for the most part, it must be working because we don't get many questions. Of course, it could also be because our products are weird enough so that they have a rather limited appeal, too (but we still can't seem to keep the wireless extension cord in stock...)

    http://digwdf.com/store/
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    User guides, documentation and other files are still free and available for downloading.

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    Yes but is the wireless extension cord shortage a production issue or high demand issue?


    2019 - Just moved into a new home (yet another change of plans). Will be dim but not dark. Too much to do at the new place to leave time for a show.
    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyX...ttrsZNARkUce0Q

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