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Fake Raspberry Pi Shops Pop Up

timothy posted more than 2 years ago | from the mind-the-thorns dept.

Crime 119

An anonymous reader writes "It seems that there are the first fake Raspberry-Pi sites out there: 'It's just been drawn to our attention that there's a Russian site (www.raspberrypi.ru) purporting to be an official reseller, which is already offering preorders. [..] If you see a site offering preorders or claiming to be an official reseller at the moment, it's a fake. Please don't send them your money. Initially, this site will be the only place you can buy a Raspberry Pi, and we are not offering preorders.'"

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119 comments

Uhm (4, Funny)

Chrisq (894406) | more than 2 years ago | (#37985886)

They have been selling Raspberry pie at Greggs for ages.

Re:Uhm (0)

Canazza (1428553) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987060)

yeah, but they added Cheese to the Sausage and Bean bake and I've not been back since.

Is Analingus the new Cunnilingus? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37985888)

It happened when I was 19, a guy I met a guy in my College library took to his dorm and turned me around having pulled pants down. I figured he wanted to eat me doggystyle, when he stuck his tongue up my anus...

7 years later and more than 30 partners of all shades; half of whom have performed analingus on me, has me thinking its perhaps the new cunnilingus and 10 years time it will be part of foreplay.

PS: I return the favour.

Your thoughts.

What the hell... (0, Flamebait)

Verteiron (224042) | more than 2 years ago | (#37985908)

... is a Raspberry-Pi?

Re:What the hell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37985920)

ahem........RTFA

Re:What the hell... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37985968)

The point, of course, is who gives a damn if they are selling fake versions of a product you've never heard of.

This would appear to be merely a Slashvertisement.

Re:What the hell... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986070)

Every article that in some way is about a product does not classify as a "slashvertisment". And if you don't know what the Raspberry Pi is, you don't read slashdot very often, as it's been covered here extensively from day 1. It would get a little repetitive if they described what it is for every single article. Should they describe what an iPhone is on every article? How about Linux, does that need a description on every article? Since there are vendors that sell Linux, does every Linux article classify as a slashvertisment?

Re:What the hell... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986136)

So, your comment basically says, "I don't know either".

Re:What the hell... (2)

Shompol (1690084) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986396)

I read /. on a daily basis and still had no idea. No, Raspberry is no iPhone, not even Linux.

There are some rudimentary publishing rules and adding one sentence in the beginning should not be a problem for those who already know the subject. How about:

Raspberry-Pi [raspberrypi.org] , a start-up promising to sell $25 Linux boards in the near future, already has a knock-off site.

The concept would be easier to grasp if you read some articles written by professional writers once in a while.

Re:What the hell... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986088)

No. NO. No, I won't RTFA.

The /. summary should explain the necessary background information. No reading of TFA should be required. Imagine if a professional news site or channel told its audience that they would have to read their sources in order to get basic background information.

The submitted story about the stupidly-named whatever-it-is is nothing more than a badly-written advertisement, designed to peak the interest of aspies ("ZOMG! Something that is NOT ON SALE appears to be ON SALE, but IT'S NOT! This DOESN'T COMPUTE!").

Re:What the hell... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986168)

The /. summary should explain the necessary background information.

It does. It includes the name of the product in question. You can then use that information and enter it into your preferred search engine [lmgtfy.com] , which will provide further elucidating information.

Re:What the hell... (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987414)

The /. editor saved space by not summarizing the product in question because IT APPEARS IN 13 /. POSTS SINCE JULY. If you read /. often, you would know what Raspberry Pi is, and if not, don't worry about it. If you don't know what a product is, chances are it will never effect you personally so just skip the post and move on.

Re:What the hell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37990252)

Who gives a damn how many posts it appears in "since July"? Typical aspie logic.

Good reporting means giving readers all the essential facts - THEN they can decide whether it will affect them personally or not.

E.g. as I write this, the BBC News site headline story is: "Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi confirms he intends to step down after key austerity measures are passed." I expect you think that since Berlusconi has appeared in several other news stories in recent months, it would be fine not to specify that he's the Italian Prime Minister.

Re:What the hell... (1)

Rob the Bold (788862) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986940)

ahem........RTFA

The......ahem......summary might be more helpful if it told me enough about Raspberry-Pi that I could decide if it was worth the trouble of RTFA-ing. Otherwise, why bother with a summary?

Re:What the hell... (1)

hplus (1310833) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987214)

If you don't know what a product is to begin with (especially one that has had such extensive /. coverage) then why on earth would you care if somebody is selling fake ones?

Re:What the hell... (1)

CaptainLard (1902452) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986004)

Its pretty awesome from what I've gathered in the past 2 minutes of reading their site. Its a tiny ARM based Linux PC designed to teach programming. Its only $25! Think of it as an unofficial spinoff of OLPC, instead its OPCPN (one personal computer per nerd). Although, it would have been helpful to put a link to their site or at least a 5 word description of what it is in the summary instead of a link to a known scamming site in Russia.

Re:What the hell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986208)

I think it's $35 if you want ethernet. Still an awesome little device.

Last I heard they're still talking about doubling the price as a donation on the first runs though.

Re:What the hell... (1, Flamebait)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986068)

... is a Raspberry-Pi?

Every other day, for weeks, there's a /. story, complete with at least one mandatory "whats a raspberry pi?" post. That calls for a rickroll. Just check out goatse.ru for a photograph of the board...

Re:What the hell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986102)

Is google broke in your area?

Re:What the hell... (3, Insightful)

xero314 (722674) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986222)

I have read slashdot everyday for nearly 10 years and I have no clue what "Raspberry Pi" is. Seriously how hard would it be to have the article say "Raspberry Pi, the $25 dollar PC" or something like that?

More important, why is this article even posted? I mean we could post dozens of articles a day if we follow the formula "site found selling fake [technology]."

Re:What the hell... (2)

slim (1652) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986368)

I have read slashdot everyday for nearly 10 years and I have no clue what "Raspberry Pi" is.

One of these claims must be false. There have been loads of Raspberry Pi stories in recent months.

Or you have some sort of memory disorder.

Re:What the hell... (2)

Frenzied Apathy (2473340) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987600)

At the risk of exposing myself as a total /. noob, I must come to the defense of the parent: I've been reading /. daily for four months now and don't remember coming across "Raspberry-Pi".

Re:What the hell... (1)

RevGregory (585273) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987916)

I not only follow /., I follow a few other tech sites...and Raspberry Pi is one of the most OVER reported stories out there. I'd be extremely happy if I didn't see another mention of it until it's released since the scads of articles out each week simply remind me that I can't have one yet.

Re:What the hell... (1)

slashworkninja (959986) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987828)

Hm. I guess RTFA is just not enough for you. Anyways, would it be so hard to google it?

Re:What the hell... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37988154)

At the risk of exposing myself as a total /. noob, I must come to the defense of the parent: I've been reading /. daily for four months now and don't remember coming across "Raspberry-Pi".

Aha! Your definition of reading Slashdot daily must be different than us real slashdot readers, who might do something more efficient like subscribe to the main feed and at least read every single Slashdot headline. Or come here multiple.times a day and scroll far enough down so as not to miss any headlines at all.

What the hell... (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#37988216)

...is Google for? [google.com] Maybe it's so you can find this site? [raspberrypi.org] Hint: it's a tiny $25 computer.

Raspberry Pi has been covered numerous times at slashdot. I'm surprised you haven't seen it before.

Unfortunate bias (1)

Moheeheeko (1682914) | more than 2 years ago | (#37985938)

Why name it Raspberry pie? Im allergic to raspberries you insensitive clods!

Re:Unfortunate bias (1)

vlm (69642) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986090)

This calls for an Arduin of Ivrea joke, but I just can't find one.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arduin_of_Ivrea [wikipedia.org]

Re:Unfortunate bias (1)

wrencherd (865833) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986786)

Arduin of Ivrea too, and she even has light brown hair.

Investment in obscurity (1)

Okian Warrior (537106) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986116)

It's an investment in obscurity.

Didn't you get the memo? We've run out of descriptive terms in the language, now we have to resort to made up terms like "Revo", "Ninite", and "Blaxor"; or subvert existing terms which have a completely different meaning like "Apache", "Chrome", and "Panty Shot".

All the good terms are taken, like "Dev" and "Board".

Having a name which completely hides the function is seen as an advantage - it's a great selling point which will draw in customers. Just wait and see!

WOOSH (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986250)

that loud noise over your head? what the hell was that?

Re:Investment in obscurity (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987234)

Open source gets trashed a lot for its silly names, GIMP being probably the most cited. But lots of non-FOSS products, even non-electronic products, have stupid names.

You would name your car company Killed In Action? No war veteran would drive a KIA! How about a Saab *sob*.

How about Windows? Did they give it that name because it breaks easily?

How about the Dodge Startus; er, Stratus? USA Toady; er, Today?

iPod? Sounds reasonable? Er, not to me. TWAIN scanners? WiFi (to my mind an incredibly stupid name)? Bluetooth?

As to Apache, it got its name because the earliest version was a patchy server. Perfectly reasonable. Far more reasonable than KIA or iPod or Bluetooth.

Re:Unfortunate bias (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986376)

Apparently Dingleberry Pie was already used.

Re:Unfortunate bias (1)

Hatta (162192) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986588)

Really? How awful for you.

Re:Unfortunate bias (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37989474)

Just mix it with some peanut butter and have

Really? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37985940)

Is the hacker/maker community growing so large that this is a profitable endeavor?

Re:Really? (2)

josath (460165) | more than 2 years ago | (#37985992)

There are already several places selling "fake" Arduinos. They are actually identical to the real ones, because the design to arduino is completely open source, and the official one has a rather high margin, so there's space for chinese manufacturers to come in and produce clones for cheaper.

Re:Really? (1)

unixisc (2429386) | more than 2 years ago | (#37989336)

Not only that, the first Raspberry Pis are not out as yet, and of all things that hackers can do, they chose to make knock-offs of this?

Link (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37985996)

Can you post the link of where to watch for them?

Trademark (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986074)

Did they register a trademark? I didn't see one on TESS. Not that that would really help them in Russia anyway.

Re:Trademark (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986196)

Trademarks don't matter if a company is taking pre-orders and delivering nothing. If they want to make a product with an identical name and sell it, that might fly in a country that ignores trademarks of other countries, but taking orders for nothing is illegal everywhere -except for companies that pay off the Chinese government.

Re:Trademark (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986240)

You can't prove any of that at this point, though. They said they issued a take down but I am questioning on what basis. If they didn't register a trademark then they really have no thing to go on.

Re:Trademark (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986404)

I'm pretty sure they didn't ask permission to use that picture of the Raspberry Pi, so I bet that's enough to issue a take down request alone.

Re:Trademark (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986446)

Yes the raspberry icon would violate their copyright but they could get a C&D on that icon only - not on taking down the entire site.

Re:Trademark (1)

JRowe47 (2459214) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986998)

And honestly, if you're dumb enough to send Russians good money to preorder a device made by a startup company based in England, you don't deserve that money anyway.

Re:Trademark (2)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#37988460)

You don't need a trademark to get a site taken down for fraud. If they haven't been in contact with the project and are claiming to be official resellers, then they are committing fraud whether or not they ultimately deliver the goods.

I'm betting that when all is said and done that none of the units are sent out.

Re:Trademark (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37988728)

What fraud are they committing? I don't see them claiming they are official resellers.

Re:Trademark (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 2 years ago | (#37988888)

If you read the friendly link they're pretending to be official. But official or not either way they aren't authorized resellers of the devices and the only place where you can buy them new is directly from the project. Claiming to be resellers of any sort to get people's money is definitely fraudulent.

Re:Trademark (2)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37988968)

I read the whole site and nothing there made it sound official. They said they are a Russian community around the Raspberry pi project and were taking pre-orders for the product (although the page has since taken that down). They never called themselves "authorized" or "official" resellers. They were just plain old resellers.

Based on your definition pretty much everybody company in the world that doesn't manufacturer a product themselves is fraudulent.

Selling vouchers that can be redeemed (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986652)

Trademarks don't matter if a company is taking pre-orders and delivering nothing.

Even if one tries the legal theory that they're selling vouchers that can be redeemed for the product in question?

Re:Selling vouchers that can be redeemed (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986920)

Good point, but they can't prove in good faith that they reasonably believed large quantities would be available in the future. Raspberry Pi adamantly states that they aren't projecting huge quantities to be available to the public, just that they "hope so" at some undetermined time in the future. Furthermore, they can't guarantee the price will remain the same by that point so pre-orders just aren't viable.

Re:Selling vouchers that can be redeemed (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987544)

They don't have to prove anything right now. They said they expect sales to begin by the end of 2011 so if they fail to deliver AND fail to refund your money then it is up to the buyers to go after them.

Re:Trademark (1)

muon-catalyzed (2483394) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986464)

Even if they had a trademark registered at USPTO, is it possible to enforce it at domain level even in the US? The last time we discussed this on /. everybody was against internet regulation whatsoever and people whining about authorities messing with domain names etc. BUT is this not a clear example that we actually need to be able to enforce law over the Internet?

Re:Trademark (1)

RazzleFrog (537054) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986546)

There are a couple of scenarios:

- No trademark - means screwed all around. They have no case (except for copyrights on images/icons/logos as mentioned above).

- Trademark but on different business segment. If raspberrypi.ru was selling raspberry cupcakes shaped like a pi symbol then there is no recourse to the American company.

- Trademark on the same business segment. Then the domain name issue is irrelevant. It's a trademark violation and good luck enforcing it in Russia. Your only hope is that the hosting company is in the US.

Re:Trademark (1)

rufty_tufty (888596) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987464)

fwiw it's a UK charity not a US company.
Doesn't make much difference to your points, but it changes what the company is and the legal recourse and the attitude if the people involved quite a bit.

Bad news/ Good news (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986118)

The bad news is people are getting cheated, but the good news is that con artists see a big enough market to be worth creating fronts for it. It's a strong indicator that the Raspberry Pi will be successful -they just need to step up official press and YouTube releases with links to the real site.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

Arlet (29997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986190)

Or maybe they think the target audience is particularly gullible.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986260)

"particularly gullible"? I don't think anyone finds computer programmers more gullible than the general population. However, any product that has demand with no supply makes people desperate enough to not validate resellers the way they may have otherwise. This is a form of gullibility, but only as much as a square can be called a rectangle.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

Arlet (29997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986378)

I was just joking of course, but the target audience isn't your average computer programmer. A computer programmer would just buy a regular computer, or, more likely, already own several.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

slim (1652) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986506)

I'm a computer programmer, but I'm also a skinflint. I have my eye on Raspberry Pi as a really cheap, low energy Squeezebox server.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986664)

Let me know how that turns out. I'm helping a hospital experiment with sound therapy and making little packages of RPs with headphones sounds like a good way to have only large, networked archive to select various forms of music from.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

slim (1652) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986790)

Client-side, you probably want a screen and an input device. Something based on those super-cheap Chinese Android tablets might be a better bet.

I'm not confident enough to get one for myself, because I read reviews of the WiFi being awful on them -- but if you have a research budget, it would be worth a go.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987010)

This would be more for during surgeries. Input would be needed only to pick a playlist, then let it run for hours while having as small a footprint as possible. Still, I guess a simple MP3 player with SD slot would just be so much easier on the staff. Personally I would want a central archive, but they would rather stacks of duplicate SD cards.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

slim (1652) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987326)

4GB USB thumb drive MP3 players are less than £20. Is that enough hours of music?

Then there's FM radio...

KISS.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987778)

MP3 players with SD or MicroSD slots are preferred because it's easier to make cards specific to music genres and swap them out according to the patient's wishes. Also, 4 GiB SD cards are ã3 each.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986508)

I'm a programmer with over a dozen PCs laying around. I want a Raspberry Pi for data-logging and reporting live readouts on an electric car I'm building. These would also be useful for running low-power web servers and running torrents. I can't think of any other full-function PC that uses 1 Watt. Even when they're not turned on most PC power supplies draw more than that.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986564)

Oh, but then again I guess I'm not your 'average' computer programmer. Honestly I'm not your average anything and proud of it :P Wait, does what I just said, the fact that I'm in the largest response column for every pole, and my strange hobbies make me an average /.er? crap.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

Arlet (29997) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986728)

Why not get a beagleboard, then ? It's already available, has better documentation, and an active group of developers. Or a beaglebone, or one of several other cheap processor boards that are out there.

Especially if you're interested in hooking up other peripherals, and don't need 1080p video output, other boards are probably a better choice.

And the web server you can just run on a regular PC. If you have a dozen PCs, chances are that at least one of them is on 24/7 anyway.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987206)

I considered the BeagleBone, but not only is the RPi cheaper, but I like to get in on the ground floor of stuff. Also, as far as I can tell those alternatives use more power than the RPi. I could be wrong about that fact, but the RPi clearly states that they use 1 Watt idle and I couldn't find the power spec of the other devices. Finally, I like HDMI. If I'm going to have an onboard computer anyway, might as well make it a media hub too -I promise no videos while driving.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

shish (588640) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987048)

I am a computer programmer with several computers; my electricity bill is enormous and I need air con in the middle of winter :-P

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

marcello_dl (667940) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987352)

Or maybe "the system" reacts to the new kid on the block, if it turns out that fakes sites are very difficult to remove or oppose, of course. If not we are dealing with normal parasites.
It's not the first time development of more open systems ran into problems with suppliers so they can't deliver even if they have requests. After some months the product is surely less appealing for the inevitable obsolescence.

Re:Bad news/ Good news (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987806)

Interesting. So you're proposing that this might be an industry conspiracy -similar to the roadblocks automotive manufacturers put up on any new company attempting to enter the market.

Am I being too cynical that I believe... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986124)

That this is mainly a marketing post? I mean, it provides no context to what the product is, which is clearly because it isn't immediately and obviously sexxy, so they allude to it being something people would want enough to have unauthorized clones out there...in the hopes that we research what this device is?

Then again, it may just be because I am that out of the loop that I don't know what this is. All I can say is that I'm going to stick with my boysenberry pie...always my favorite.

Re:Am I being too cynical that I believe... (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986346)

The post is taken directly from their website so the quote has no reason to describe the product. The /. editor saw no reason to describe the product because it has been in 13 articles since July.

We're open! We're open! (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986266)

But the manufacturer won't give any docs about the CPU and we don't want you to use the design. But we're open!

'this site' (0)

phantomfive (622387) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986350)

Initially, this site [googleusercontent.com] will be the only place you can buy a Raspberry Pi, and we are not offering preorders.

Since the summary didn't actually link to 'this site' I thought I would do it and help you all out. It's right here [googleusercontent.com] , from the official manufacturers in Korea. Really, I'm not trying to rip you off or anything. I'm just a lowly slashdotter. You can trust me, I even have a sig. Right here [googleusercontent.com] , truly I am a prince, I know. It has OpenAPI security.

Re:'this site' (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986908)

Why would the summary need to link to "this site"? It's on /. and therefore it's obvious that /. is this site. Why /. would be the only place one can purchase a Raspberry Pi is a mystery, but the world is full of mysteries. Another one is why /. editors don't edit summaries into self-contained chunks of text which make sense.

Nothing fake about the shop, by the way. (1)

Pi1grim (1956208) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986358)

And yet again noone bothers to read the actual shop's web-page. Given web-site is nothing but reseller in Russia that is offering to preorder the Raspberry Pi in hopes of making bulk purchases when the product is available and saving a hefty sum on transportation and thus making a quick buck and offering it cheaper to those interested in buying it. But, well, who cares.

Re:Nothing fake about the shop, by the way. (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986772)

The Raspberry Pi company isn't guaranteeing that they will have huge quantities available for order at all. Furthermore, you have to ask permission to use images from the image owners if you want to use them as a promotional tool. I doubt they did that so the Russian website, as it is right now, is violating international law.

Re:Nothing fake about the shop, by the way. (1)

JamesH48 (2456946) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986848)

Except they will hang on to your money for months and you will get nothing, as bulk orders are not available from Raspberry Pi at this stage, and probably not for the first batch at all. Bulk buys will be cheaper, eventually. They are also using a trademarked name and logo without permission. And I guess the reason most haven't read the page is that most people don't read Russian, and Google translate (or similar) are not infallible...

Re:Nothing fake about the shop, by the way. (1)

shish (588640) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986854)

Being a reseller is cool. Taking people's money for a product that you don't have in stock and might not ever have in stock (the r-pi guys don't seem to want to have all their stock bought on day one and resold elsewhere, and they're going to be even less friendly now, after they've gone to so much effort to avoid pre-order schemes) is not cool.

Re:Nothing fake about the shop, by the way. (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37988026)

From rasperrypi.ru (translation mine):
"Expected sales start date - the end of 2011. Until the spring of 2012 you can only acquire RaspberryPi on the official website of the Raspberry Pi Foundation (raspberrypi.org). The first 10,000 units should be on sale in December. We'll buy some part of the 10,000 units (if we're lucky). We will distribute devices at cost, with priority to those who have reserved one."

Nothing scammy or fake. They are just trying to make it more convenient for people in Russia to purchase this. The entire site actually tracks the project in detail and is basically a Russian forum for RasberryPi developers.

Wow. Fake sites for new shinies? (0)

Jawnn (445279) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986444)

Who knew (especially here on /.)? Thank you, Caption Obvious.

I ran across one of those shops... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986562)

The sign outside said:
"Free Pi!
The pi is also evil."

Watch out for the cheap knock-offs (1)

Oswald McWeany (2428506) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986624)

As well as the scam sites- I want everyone to watch out for the cheap fakes coming from China.

The $24.99 Raspbelly Pi, is a cheap knock-off and not a genuine item.

Re:Watch out for the cheap knock-offs (1)

shish (588640) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986946)

I want everyone to watch out for the cheap fakes coming from China.

AFAIK one of the creators had said that competing against the Chinese would be a good thing, as it would drive the price of components even further down, and making computing available for everyone is more important than personal profit.

Publicity (1)

jdavidb (449077) | more than 2 years ago | (#37986682)

I appreciate the fake resellers for creating this situation, and Slashdot for bringing it to my attention. Now I am aware of this product and will be keeping an eye out for it and may buy one from the manufacturer when they are available.

Re:Publicity (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37987974)

Exactly what I was thinking. I wonder what this slashvertisement cost. Have prices gone up or down since Taco left?

Obvious, given the demographic (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37986896)

Wouldn't this sort of thing be obvious as a scam? I mean, the target demographic for this equipment is highly specific and unique. I'd like to think said demographic has likely been following the progress of Raspberry Pi for quite a while now, and thus they know its legitimate status. Anything that deviates from that, out of the blue, is going to be fairly obvious as scam.

Still, it's good to see it being high-lighted for the non-followers.

As far as the scam site goes: If you're reading this, what the hell are you thinking. Really! You've been spotted from a 1000 miles away!

Re:Obvious, given the demographic (1)

stevenvi (779021) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987024)

I agree that those interested (such as myself) are probably smart enough to smell a scam, but the target demographic of this product is actually schoolchildren, who I would not expect to know the difference.

Better fake knockoffs (1)

Animats (122034) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987170)

When the original Macintosh came out,it was crippled by the provision of only one diskette drive, and no slot for a second one. Users were constantly changing disks (since the OS and applications lived on one diskette), or had to get an external drive. There was a knockoff Macintosh, recognizable by the inclusion of two diskette drives. It looked good, like an improved version of the original.

Jobs was furious. There were radio announcements in Silicon Valley warning against the fake Macintosh.

Re:Better fake knockoffs (1)

PowerCyclist (2058868) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987302)

Haha, nice history footnote. Additionally, many of the iPod knockoffs have and still are FAR SUPERIOR. I have one, the SanDisk Sansa e260 or something like that. Cost me $25 new, has MP4 support, FM radio, 4 GiB internal, MicroSD slot, acts as a storage when connected to any PC, is proven more durable, has a replacable battery, is slimmer, and (with RockBox) it plays Doom! The only thing a 4 GiB iPod does better is boot faster.

Re:Better fake knockoffs (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37988756)

How is that a knockoff though? The Sansa player was just another portable media player... just like the ipod was just another portable media player.

A Russian Scammer? (1)

Reverand Dave (1959652) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987226)

Now I've heard of everything!

Fake vapourware? (1)

Rogerborg (306625) | more than 2 years ago | (#37987320)

Now, that's a new low, like putting on a black dress and molesting little boys freelance rather than through the regular Catholic church.

Re:Fake vapourware? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37987376)

Don't be such an anti-Catholic bigot.

if it's a fake... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37987706)

Why link to the fake site? Why is that a good idea? Cmon...

Screw You Guys! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 2 years ago | (#37988134)

You're just trying to throw me off the trail.

Screw you guys. I just pre-odered 10,000!

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