This is sad!
There has to be a way to keep the Gadgeteer creations financially feasible for everyone! ...(or I will have to go back to collage)
... So to squeeze some profit out of these projects you need component order sizes of 10+ ?
So in theory, if you had guaranteed orders from 10 people then it might start to justify the effort?
Out of the hordes of non electronic developers and other curious creators, I find it hard to believe there isn't at least 10 that would be willing to contribute to what would essentially be a Gadgteer Buyers Reward Club or kickstarter(ish) I guess.
Based on the current rate of new Gadgeteer creations, and as long as there isn't to many $150
modules then the average cost per month for each "member" would be between $50-$200.
The tertiary benefits of this type of program would be plenty.