As you probably saw, the first batch of Raspberry Pi computers started shipping over the weekend.
The miniature computer, which currently sells for around £30 in the UK (including VAT and £5 shipping), was held up by testing issues, as the Pi had to earn its CE mark before it could be flogged in the EU.
Having passed those tests successfully, a deluge of buyers have descended on the UK suppliers of the credit card-sized computing marvel, which is designed to fire up enthusiasm for programming in today’s kids, and to get cheap computers out to the developing world.
Indeed, one UK supplier, RS Components, told the Inquirer that it had over 220,000 customers registered wanting a Pi, yet it only shipped 700 units out over the weekend.
Eben Upton, executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, noted that: “The demand for Raspberry Pi is in the many many tens of thousands – and there’s only a few thousand that have shipped to date.”
More are expected to be along soon – but in the meantime, guess who’s doing a roaring trade. Yes indeed, Ebayers have bought up some of the devices, and are now flogging them on for massive profits – in excess of £100 in some reported cases.
Which totally flies in the face of the whole Raspberry Pi philosophy, to get the machines out there as cheaply as possible. No doubt demand is going to continue to be restricted by folks buying the devices up, to sell them on, which is a sad state of affairs for those who are truly excited to get their hands on a novel piece of technology.
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