[volt-nuts] More Chinese Volt Nuts Stuff- LTZ1000

Poul-Henning Kamp phk at phk.freebsd.dk
Tue Mar 23 20:19:41 UTC 2010

In message <6C78C7F117B84B5C8C2226815C0AFBB4 at AlanPC>, "Alan Scrimgeour" writes:

>There are two sellers of the LTZ1000 on eBay. Both are selling second hand. 
>Both are in Hong Kong:

>I can't imagine where they get them from.

They get them from the very efficient electronics recycling industries
in India, Pakistan and mainland China.

All the eletronic crap that EU and USA "recycle" gets shipped to asia
and gets dismantled and sorted through in some of the most hazardous
landfills you could even imagine.

Many of these components are unsoldered by warming the PCB over a
bonfire and then shaking and scraping the components loose into old
oil-bins or plastic buckets.

The components gets sold by the pound, to "sorters" and from there
they end up in electronics, toys, radios, tvs etc, and for specialty
high-value components like the LTZ1000: on ebay.

The LTZ1000's may just happen have been carefully selected by HP
for a HP3458A-opt4, that was later dropped from an army-truck, but
it was unsoldered by child labour over open fire and you probably
get what you pay for...


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