I am looking on Mouser and am finding that using the Particle P1 (Wi-Fi module) costs $18/module even in quantity 1000. That seems excessive. On the Particle store, the P1 costs $12/module in quantity 1, but is sold out. I contacted Particle support and expect a cheaper quote for 1000 quantity.
In the meantime, what are the largest benefits of using Particle for Wi-Fi in production of a product of at least 1000 quantity? I have prototyped with the Photon and have seen how easy it is to update the firmware with the cloud interface. Is that the only benefit? If I am thinking about making something simple like a Wi-Fi thermometer that only needs to transmit data one-way, what does Particle offer over all the other $5 modules on Mouser?