Provide cost estimate at the start of classes? Answered
I love the new classes feature here at Instructables, and have the ambition to complete as many of them as possible.
I do have some feedback for them, however, and that is that the introduction to the class should include a rough estimate of how much it's going to cost to buy the various bits needed to complete the class.
I've just finished the Arduino class and loved the fact that a lot of the lessons leading up to the final project contributed to the final build, and as such helped keep the costs of buying the materials (relatively) low.
The same can't be said for the Electronics class, however, which has different projects to build for each lesson and is working out rather expensive as a result.
Now please understand, I'm not complaining about the fact you have to build a project for each lesson. If anything I'm rather enjoying it. But a little heads up of what roughly how much the class is going to end up costing would be a welcome addition.
I can see this consisting of two different sums:
- the cost of equipment which is needed, but once you have it, you have it for keeps.
- and the cost of any materials which will be consumed by the project.
I'm keen on moving onto another class just as soon as I complete the Electronics one, but would like to be able to work out which one I should go for, taking things like price into account, before I get started - rather than maybe having to abandon the class because I suddenly find I can 't afford some of the equipment or materials I'll need for it.