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by rasbeer
Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<r>error404 said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I"d be shocked if they changed their entire logistics infrastructure to offer a cheaper option just for one little product like this.<br/> <br/> <br/> Me too - this is part of the reason it might be good to get other distributors in due course.<br/> <br/> Separate...
by rasbeer
Thu Mar 08, 2012 7:25 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<r>Reddit thread observing that tax + shipping is adding almost 50% to sticker price:<br/> <br/> <URL url="http://www.reddit.com/r/raspbe....._computer/">http://www.reddit.com/r/raspbe....._computer/</URL><br/> <br/> <br/> Not sure if the example is from US or Canada, or whether the $12 shipping is ...
by rasbeer
Thu Mar 08, 2012 11:28 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<t>bredman said: <br/> <br/> <br/> The prices at DX may look extremely cheap to you, but they charge double or treble the street price in Shenzhen. That"s how they can manage free shipping.<br/> <br/> Note that this is only from my personal experience comparing prices on small components, their marg...
by rasbeer
Thu Mar 08, 2012 8:28 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<t>error404 said:<br/> <br/> <br/> I'd like to see it, though I'm not sure it's good for the foundation's aims.<br/> <br/> <br/> I'm also in two minds about this. But given it's being produced in China, some kind of cloning seems very likely. Perhaps less likely than for a pure 'consumer product' - ...
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 5:00 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<t>bredman said:<br/> <br/> <br/> I had been in China before, but only in factories. This was my first retail experience. I was unprepared for the sheer number of retailers under one roof.<br/> <br/> I was trying to source a LED component, so I went to the LED market on Huaqiang Bei. Nobody warned m...
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<t>bredman said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Their attitude is that if you complain they just send you a replacement.<br/> <br/> <br/> True. Not good if you need X Raspis for the start of term.<br/> <br/> <br/> DX would also be a poor fit for most hackers because of their delivery times. It normally takes 3 w...
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 1:26 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<t>nmcc said: <br/> <br/> <br/> We are in the hacker release phase. Hackers are important to the Foundation as they will provide lots of interest and ideas.<br/> <br/> <br/> What made you think my suggestion was related solely to this phase? I also mentioned above that DealExtreme is selling Arduino...
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:18 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

Ebay is a marketplace. The sites I'm talking about are monolithic companies, & when I've had otherwise insoluble problems buying from them they've given me refunds...

(BTW I thought this discussion was 'pointless'...)
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:02 pm
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<r>Supply issues (& sarcasm) aside, let me spell out why a Hong Kong or Chinese-based online retailer might be much better for people in some countries:<br/> <br/> - they're used to dealing with large numbers retail customers (unlike Farnell/RS, apparently)<br/> <br/> - it's easy for them to neg...
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:26 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

Grumpyoldgit said:


Perhaps we could keep this pointless discussion going a little further by bringing in Amazon and Maplins.


And...

why not?
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:16 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<t>JamesH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Ripoff are not necessarily guaranteed. There needs to be a profit motive, and there isn"t much profit to be made on something that costs $25/$35, and is sold close to manufacturing cost due to the charity connection. Very little scope for cost reduction.<br/> <br/> ...
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:11 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<t>mole125 said: <br/> <br/> <br/> The foundation has also always said they welcome clones manufacturing similar projects and would be releasing the schematics, I doubt that Farnell and RS have an exclusive license for manufacture (the fact there are two of them is a good clue here) so I imagine in ...
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:04 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<t>JamesH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> Do dealextreme do their own manufacturing? As that would be necessary. One of the reasons for RS/Farnell being chosen is that they make their own stuff as well as selling others people stuff. This means all manufacturing is offloaded to the distributors, making the ...
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 10:00 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<t>JamesH said: <br/> <br/> <br/> I believe the Foundation get its cut as a licence fee from RS and Farnell themselves, as they are in fact the manufacturers (even if they contract out to someone else).<br/> <br/> <br/> This is why I'd like the Foundation to contact DealExtreme (or equivalent). Deal...
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<t>Grumpyoldgit said: <br/> <br/> <br/> It seems to me that you probably do have some link with dealextreme!<br/> <br/> <br/> Nope. & they don't always have the stuff I want*, so if there are reliable dealextreme clones out there, I'd like to know about them! <br/> <br/> *eg TP-link WR703N - a ~...
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 9:21 am
Forum: General discussion
Topic: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi
Replies: 42
Views: 9005

Re: Alternative distributor(s) for Raspberry Pi

<r>I've seen lots of people mention shopping for accessories for Raspberry Pi on Dealextreme, so it seems they have quite a good reputation. I'd like to suggest they - and other similar online retailers - are allowed to sell the Raspberry Pi units themselves. This should make them available worldwid...
by rasbeer
Wed Mar 07, 2012 8:53 am
Forum: Staffroom, classroom and projects
Topic: Raspberry PI and ExpEyes
Replies: 2
Views: 946

Re: Raspberry PI and ExpEyes

<r>I just emailed the ExpEYES (<URL url="http://expeyes.in/">http://expeyes.in/</URL>) supremo to mention Raspberry Pi, & got this reply (which he said I could post):<br/> <br/> <br/> Another person, <URL url="http://jeffrey.co.in/">http://jeffrey.co.in/</URL>, told me that he will look into tha...

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