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Raspberry Pi Goes On Sale In US, Sells Out

samzenpus posted about a year and a half ago | from the all-gone dept.

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hypnosec writes "Easter has brought some good news for Raspberry Pi fans in the US as the $25 Model A of the credit card sized computer is now available in the United States. Texas based Allied Electronics is the first local retailer selling the Raspberry Pi in the U.S. and has been selling the Pi through its online store. (There were companies selling the Raspberry Pi over eBay to U.S. users for a higher price tag earlier.) The Model A has sold out completely and as of this writing there is zero availability."

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I think the Model B is a mere... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326123)

There's a cock entering my asshole, traveling through my entire body, and exiting my mouth. Said cock is also reaching around down back to my ass and entering it a second time while it's already there the first time. What say you?

What? (0, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326129)

I've been buying the model B from Adafruit for a while now. Check your facts, seriously.

Re:What? (1)

kc9jud (1863822) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326281)

I've been buying the model B...

This article is about the Model A?

Re:What? (0)

ShanghaiBill (739463) | about a year and a half ago | (#43328083)

I've been buying the model B from Adafruit for a while now. Check your facts, seriously.

Indeed. You have been able to buy a Raspberry Pi from Amazon [amazon.com] for months.

Re:What? (4, Informative)

firex726 (1188453) | about a year and a half ago | (#43328577)

That's the Model B, this is about the Model A, the cheaper version that was initially touted and got a lot of headlines for just that.

Availability (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326135)

So it's "now available" yet there is none available?

I see.

Raspberry Pi is just an April Fools Joke. (1)

Tatarize (682683) | about a year and a half ago | (#43328329)

It's been years in the making but the hopes of just ordering one on Newegg and getting it a couple days later. I'm gonna chalk it up to a very slow rolling April Fools joke.

They have been on sale for a while (0)

Jim Fenton (514449) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326177)

I bought a Model B several months ago from Newark [newark.com] , and have two more in transit to me from them. But yes, stock is low; they were backordered a couple of weeks.

Re:They have been on sale for a while (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326299)

This article is about the Model A

Re:They have been on sale for a while (2)

Jim Fenton (514449) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326331)

The headline "Raspberry Pi Goes On Sale In US, Sells Out" isn't specific to the model A.

Re:They have been on sale for a while (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43327001)

Now if only there was some text under the headline, to explain the headline and summarize the story, but I suppose that would be asking too much.

Re:They have been on sale for a while (2)

osu-neko (2604) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327555)

You expected an accurate headline, here? At least the headline isn't flat-out contradicted by the summary. This is pretty good for Slashdot standards... :p

Anywhere selling the Pi for B$? (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326227)

That's bitcoin to you mundanes.

Excellent Service. (-1, Troll)

fferret (58662) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326231)

I've purchased a RPi Model B via Allied. They have great customer service, and a friendly sales staff. After ordering online, I got a confirmation phone call from their CS department, confirming the order and wanting to know if they could help out with any issues. One issue: Order backlog is high, but they do keep you informed of ETS. +1, would order again.

Re:Excellent Service. (1)

ThorGod (456163) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326251)

How long did it take you from order to arrival?

Re:Excellent Service. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330275)

ISTR 6 weeks or so.

Re:Excellent Service. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326585)

allied has the ABSOLUTE worst customer service that lies to customers about this exact product
i would not be surprised if you were a shill from that very company
your company has had its name dragged thru the mud enuf here on /.
i wont even provide reference links-pretty much everybody knows about allied( a LIED)
avoid this company --there are so many other companies that dont lie to customers
seriosly take your shill bullshit and go haunt the verge

Re:Excellent Service. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43327087)

i wont even provide reference links-pretty much everybody knows about allied( a LIED)

Actually, please do provide links, as myself, and potentially others, do not actually know. I don't think I would make a good shill for Allied... as my recommendation is usually to go to octopart, and do a search for availability and price on most parts. And for the type of parts I usually buy, that typically comes out to Mouser 60% of the time, Digikey 20% of the time, and then a mix of other places for the remainder (but isn't that way for everyone, the guy across the hall finds more of what he needs on Digikey than Mouser). But anyway, I still end up purchasing parts from Allied at least once a month, and so far my description of their service is non-descript: I've gotten everything as ordered on time, no problems beyond a couple backorders that were easily changed on the phone to a different part. They seemed on par to any other company of that nature.

Reminds me of the old joke (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326237)

Customer: "They're selling this product for $50 below list price across the street."
Retailer: "OK, so buy it across the street".
Customer: "They said they don't have it in stock".
Retailer: "If I didn't have it in stock, I could sell it for $100 off list."

oh no! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326295)

April Fools?

Yes but is this 10 units like MS Surface or? (0)

mrmeval (662166) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326315)

Was it 300,000?

Re:Yes but is this 10 units like MS Surface or? (1)

hamjudo (64140) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327319)

There were 70 units available when I read an article about it this morning. 46 left when I started to order my 2. They probably started with more, but still much closer to 10 than 300k.

Oh gee, thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326317)

It's not like this information would have been useful, you know, BEFORE it sold out

Slashdot - News by Morons (5, Insightful)

BitZtream (692029) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326327)

Allied isn't the only retailer that has them.

I can see 3 different US resellers with them in stock, shipping today, as others mentioned in posts. Model As and Bs.

The Raspberry Pi itself has been on sale in the US over a year.

The only people buying As are the ones who don't know how to find Bs and think there is no one other than the two adwords results at the top of Google search list that sell them.

Congratulations, you posted a story about a rather well known and popular computing device ... and get every single detail of it wrong in every possible way.

You have whole demonstrated you have no fucking clue what you are doing.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326401)

You have whole demonstrated you have no fucking clue what you are doing.

Why don't you submit a story so we can all decide whether you have a fucking clue.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (4, Insightful)

Tr3vin (1220548) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326425)

Or the editors could, uh, edit.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326471)

Isn't the fact that he has not submitted a dumb story proof he has some sort of clue?
I agree this is a worthless thread, I clicked out of utter amazement that the Pi talked about everywhere and used in numerous well media-covered projects in the US was somehow JUST available in the US.
Do you actually expect people to just 'say something funny' on cue too, or just post news stories from their arse on demand?

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326545)

Raspberry PI (either Model A or B) was hard to get last year, especially at Christmas time, except as part of a pricey kit ($100 and up), or through a long back order. The $35 base unit that everyone was talking about was rarely in stock.

Now the situation is different. I think that's what the submitter was trying to draw attention to, but as you point out, he got his facts wrong. I wouldn't call that being a moron, I'd call that getting facts wrong about current availability of products.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (2)

hierophanta (1345511) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326407)

+1

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326609)

I think i am done with slashdot after seeing this get an insightful mod.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326657)

The only people buying As are the ones who don't know how to find Bs

Ok, you have no clue.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (4, Informative)

evilandi (2800) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326673)

>The only people buying As are the ones who don't know how to find Bs

Bzzt. Wrong. Model A is the low-power version preferred by the "maker" community, as having no ethernet and no built-in USB hub, it consumes just 300mA / 1.5W compared to Model B's 600mA / 3.5W. Connect a Model A to a cheapo "emergency phone charger" and you can go for quite a while. Adding a USB nano bluetooth adaptor or wifi adaptor edges up the consumption by 100-150mA, still well under the Model B.

If you're looking for something to be the heart of something battery powered, like a remote control car, mobile robot or something you can port around with you, the Model A is where you want to be. Well, assuming you want a "full" Linux box - if your project only requires very minimal computing power then an Arduino will cost even less, but you usually have to control it from another PC.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (4, Interesting)

hamjudo (64140) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326935)

I ordered two Model A's this morning. (I saw it in the Raspberry Pi news section of Google News.)

I already have a few Model B's. I will develop on a Model B, because the ram makes a performance difference. My projects seem to either need more than 2 USB ports anyway, so the built in 2 port USB hub on the B doesn't help. I usually have an external hub. And most things I do are wireless, so the built in ethernet isn't useful. So why pay the extra 3.5 watts?

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (1)

Gothmolly (148874) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327077)

You fail for using the word maker in quotes.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (1)

gd2shoe (747932) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327351)

There are people who make things - It would be appropriate to call them makers... And then there are people who subscribe to the philosophy that this is somehow new and brilliant. This rubs some people the wrong way, and they may decide to call attention to it by placing "maker" in quotes.

Personally, I think the maker movement is a good thing, but they've attracted some of the lunatic fringe. Some "makers" are neither making useful things, nor are they as cool as they'd like to believe. Yet they're part of a "movement" and get to feel self important about it.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43327539)

I tend to regard "makers" as the hipsters of hobby engineering.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43329463)

Could be worse. Poster could have self-identified himself as "Goth". That would've be an epic fail.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43328131)

[bzzzzzt] ... sorry, there's a little too much technical content in this post. Exotic words like "watts" and "blue teeth" and such have no place here.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (1)

Wolfrider (856) | about a year ago | (#43340825)

--At times like this I feel compelled to mention the Cubieboard - it can run at 500mA / 1W (altho 2W is preferred IIRC; personally I power mine off the USB port on my Router or TV), has better hardware specs than the Pi -- including a SATA port, and can actually *max out* its Ethernet 100Mbit connection. It's a bit pricier, but a much more capable Linux board - it's become my primary Squid server for the household.

http://cubieboard.org/ [cubieboard.org]

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (4, Funny)

turkeyfeathers (843622) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326711)

I'm going to use my RaspberryPi to mine BitCoins... guaranteed front page story on Slashdot.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (1)

Mashiki (184564) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327015)

Should take you only 70 or 80 years to make a block or two at that rate.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43327355)

Imagine a decade of Beowulf cluster computing with these!

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43328351)

I wonder how well they would do for mining if we had more gpu access, the gpu is pretty beefy on those....

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43327111)

Throw in an angry Linus Torvald's rant, dedicate it to Aaron Schwartz and blame any failures on a patent lawsuit by Monsanto.

You'll blow people's minds.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43328159)

That whooshing sound over the heads of /. mods just blew my ears off. Is there no sense of humor left on /.? Oh...I guess not..when it comes to bitcoin and raspberry pi. This was one of the funnest posts on /. in a long time.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326729)

So true. I ordered two Raspberries about a year ago, the day sales opened. It took a few months but they both showed to my address here in the US. I would really enjoy a nerdy news Raspberry Pi post - this isn't it.

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43327219)

Really? Where? I only see Model B's, and I've tried every company listed in this thread. I'd love to buy one and I've been waiting for the Model A for some time. As pointed out by others already, the lower-power requirements are handy for a few different situations...

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43327865)

doh - this is slashdot, isn't it ?

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (1)

CMOS4081 (1700876) | about a year and a half ago | (#43330235)

www.microcenter.com has them in stock, we some friends we picked up 4. Oh and only $39.99 for the model B wtih 512MB. Built a lego case for now, will 3D print a real case later. Using OpenElec and Raspbian and loving it. Now I only have to find a way to merge it with the Arduino's......

Re:Slashdot - News by Morons (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43330325)

Do yourself a favour and skip Allied unless you already have a purchasing relationship with them. Newark sells these too, and they are much easier to start working with via just one simple phone call.

I have mine I love it. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326337)

Have had mine since July 2012, thanks for this device.

A local place has them near me (1, Insightful)

garnkelflax (1306647) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326355)

The Model B is available at MCM Electronics and they have the cases, pi/case combos, Gerboard, Pi-Face, Humble-Pi, Slice of Pi, Arduino goodies, screens, user interface stuff etc.... . 99.9% of their business is mail order but their massive warehouse is a short drive for me. Anytime I need electronics components I just call them up and go pick up my stuff at the little window behind the warehouse.

Re:A local place has them near me (1)

Fnord666 (889225) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327561)

he Model B is available at MCM Electronics and they have the cases, pi/case combos, Gerboard, Pi-Face, Humble-Pi, Slice of Pi, Arduino goodies, screens, user interface stuff etc.... .

With $15.99 shipping. No thank you.

Re:A local place has them near me (1)

garnkelflax (1306647) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327723)

For me it is awesome since I can pick my stuff up and it is only 40 minutes round trip. Maybe if a few thousand of you send me money I can ship them out much cheaper. I'd want cash of course.

MCM electronics (1)

v1 (525388) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326369)

has had the Raspberry Pi available [mcmelectronics.com] for several months now.

It seems that the article only refers to sales from Allied, not any of the other dozen places you could get one in the US from.

It's like hearing pretzels are sold out and unavailable in the US, only to read closer and see that just one store sold out of their initial inventory.

Re:MCM electronics (5, Interesting)

leptons (891340) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326589)

They have Model B, but no Model A. I want a Model A because I plan to use the device as an embedded controller and I will likely code my own assembly or C code, no need for a linux stack. So, where can I get a $25 Model A in the USA?

Re:MCM electronics (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43327115)

doesn't element14 sell it? adafruit? maybe even digikey? mauser? ...

Re:MCM electronics (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43329211)

Sounds like you would be better off with an ardunio.

You can have the Model A Rasperry PI in any color (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326423)

as long as it's black.

News that matters? (1, Insightful)

pongo000 (97357) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326457)

I bought two Pi B's from Allied just before Christmas. Am enjoying both of them right now. What, exactly, is the point of this story?

Re:News that matters? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326799)

What, exactly, is the point of this story?

** commercial space for rent **

Am I missing something?

Re:News that matters? (1)

thegarbz (1787294) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327533)

The Pi B is a different product from the Pi A.

What, exactly, is the point of your post?

What, exactly, is the point of, all, these, commas?

Pi Model C (1)

garnkelflax (1306647) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326463)

I was toying with the idea of using some of the techniques others have done on the Model B to reduce power but make it switchable. Like on freneticrapport except leaving the components on the PCB. It would be a challenge.

plug (1)

WGFCrafty (1062506) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326563)

At least some articles about the raspberry pi have some value added by showing you stuff you can do with it.

This is just a shameless plug to sell the product, and from what I have seen there are a lot of products with similar or better capabilities in smaller form factor with a case and power.

Re:plug (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326689)

At least some articles about the raspberry pi have some value added by showing you stuff you can do with it.

This is just a shameless plug to sell the product, and from what I have seen there are a lot of products with similar or better capabilities in smaller form factor with a case and power.

I would like to subscribe to your newsletter.

Shameless plug? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43326835)

Dunno what planet you live on, but there's now over a million of the little buggers out in the wild - not bad for a credit-card sized basic computer system that runs Linux (other OS's available too, btw). If the sales of the model B had been in line with the Foundations initial expectation, ie around 10,000 or so, then "shameless plugs might be the order of the day.

For someting thats not a general consumer item, then SALES of a million devices in just over a year (not just inventory stock) is bloody good going.

No pliugging required.

BTW I'm interested to read that you know of "a lot of products with similar or better capabilities in smaller form factor with a case and power". Perhaps you'd like to share your knowledge of where these desirable little devices might be obtained and from somewhere reputable, not an outfit somewhere in Guangdong. Prices, including tax and shipping in single quantities miight be useful as a comparison too. Oh, and production figures? Because the more there are, the more likely it is that an active support community might form about them, rather like that the Raspberry Pi enjoys.

Hmmmmmmmmmmm????

Re:Shameless plug? (1)

arth1 (260657) | about a year and a half ago | (#43326961)

not bad for a credit-card sized basic computer system

It's not credit card sized. It's credit card length.
Their goal was to make it with a credit card sized footprint, so it could fit into existing cases, but they failed on the height.

ISO 7810 specifies credit cards as 85.60 x 53.98 x 0.76 mm (plus embossing).
The Raspberry Pi is 85.60 x 56 x 21 mm.

Re:Shameless plug? (4, Interesting)

hamster_nz (656572) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327777)

I am playing with a pcDuino from Gadget Factory [gadgetfactory.net] , and they are also available from Sparkfun dealers.

At US$59 it is a bit more expensive, but does have a few advantages

- Onboard 2GB of Flash to hold an OS - no SD card needed!
- Decent Power supply system for USB ports
- 1GHz A8 CPU - More than 2x as fast
- 1GB RAM
- Mali 400 graphics accelerator
- Android image available
- No need for an I/O expander for hardware hacking

Once you take off the cost of a powered USB hub and an SD card for the making the Pi usable I think it is price neutral between the two.

I've been using Android on it to play back 1080p files (at 720p) without a problem, and play Angry Birds Star Wars... can't do that on a Pi.

The Australian company Miniand make similar boards, some with cases and so on. Their Cubieboard even has SATA header on it, and I've got one with a 2.5" 120GB disk hanging off it...

Re:Shameless plug? (2)

hamster_nz (656572) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327831)

Forgot to say, the pcDuino is US$59 + shipping, the Cubieboard is US$65+shipping (and that included cables and case). Both came in about a week to New Zealand.

This website [linux-sunxi.org] is the center of the world for the Allwinner A10 SoC that these boards and quite a few other systems are based on, and individual boards have their own board specific forums too (e.g. http://www.pcduino.com/ [pcduino.com] ) . As the A10 SoC is used in a lot of low-end Android tablets I am pretty sure that it will have shipped more units than Raspberry Pi, (although not as many in hardware hacker firendly boards like this).

Re:plug (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43327045)

... and from what I have seen there are a lot of products with similar or better capabilities in smaller form factor with a case and power.

Care to back that up with evidence?

I'm not saying there aren't any such devices, but I'm willing to bet that they'll be 4-8 times as expensive or more.

To get a more capable device, you seem to have to start around $79-$99, and for smaller with case/power, probably an extra 50-100% more on top of that.

Re:plug (2)

WGFCrafty (1062506) | about a year and a half ago | (#43327789)

specifically didn't post a product due to being called a shill, and as I post alternatives I've seen ill just get "but it doesn't have this," besides I'm not an expert in this area, I know I've seen a kickstarter for one that has add-on board kits that have single and double AA battery power supplies, usb boards, and so on. I believe it had wifi built in as well for a similar price point to the pi A.

I'm sure it lacks something and benefits another way. I'm sure PI is a killer hardware device for certain applications. My main point is talking about a device that has had notable quantities of interest to the point of letting us know when we CAN'T.get it is absurd.

I sometimes wonder if /. gets paid cash for stuffing our faces with certain product news items. "You can't buy something which has been around for quite a while," is hardly news, and certainly not interesting.

Re:plug (4, Interesting)

DrXym (126579) | about a year and a half ago | (#43329129)

You can buy gumstick devices for $25 up on alibaba.com. Even for quantities of 1. e.g. this example [alibaba.com] . Just type "android stick" and you'll find countless other vendors selling numerous variants. They come with a faster processor, more RAM, built-in storage, wifi, case, cable and adapter.

As a package, the Pi is already obsolete and outclassed. Where it does have an advantage is it's very easy to flash (just stick an SD in it), has a large and coherent support base, and has some connectors for hooking it up to other things.

I bought two of them last year (1)

kriston (7886) | about a year and a half ago | (#43328365)

What, Newark element14 is not easy enough to order from? Does it really matter? My two Raspberry Pi units arrived almost instantly from Newark element14 the moment they became available.

Why is this news? Just cut it out, already.

Re:I bought two of them last year (1)

kriston (7886) | about a year and a half ago | (#43328387)

In case you didn't already know, Newark element14 is a USA vendor owned by Premier Farnel and based in Indiana. This so-called "news" story is a waste of everyone's time.

Sheesh.

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