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Re: 200,000 registrations of interest with RS

Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:02 pm

Quite impressive really to get 200k pre-registrations.

I wonder how many Farnell got?


"RS has received more than 200,000 registrations of interest on its websites across the globe," said RS. "All customers who have registered an expression of interest will be notified when they can place an order for Raspberry Pi via the dedicated RS Raspberry Pi webshop."



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Re: 200,000 registrations of interest with RS

Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:09 pm

My god... They'll never get all of that shipped.

I guess farnell figures would be about the same. So... Almost half a million RPis sold. Good job.
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Re: 200,000 registrations of interest with RS

Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:09 pm

Probably Farnell got the same…

And that its because, a lot of people(90%+) made the registration in both.

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:18 pm

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Probably Farnell got the same…

And that its because, a lot of people(90%+) made the registration in both.


Quite likely.
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Re: 200,000 registrations of interest with RS

Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:26 pm

RS stayed live for a little longer then Farnell (probably because it was the second link) so I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't get more signed up then Farnell.

Either way your talking about atleast 250k people wanting the device in the first few days. Which in the grand scheme of things is pretty insane for such a low end device and such a no name (compared to the likes of Apple, Acer, HP, MS, etc) company/foundation.

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Re: 200,000 registrations of interest with RS

Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:34 pm

And that is not counting the industries or the meek users who want more but ordered only one because the sales was suppose to be limited to one per user (Like me!).

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 4:50 pm

200K is that all?!
people were talking of 300K per 15 minutes..

200K is a mere trifle and these guys should sort out stocks without much problem, as long as the parts are all available.

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:22 pm

@Gert, me too and now I've got the SOL email and it's going to be another month plus of thinking of things to do with a RaspPi and no RaspPi to do them with, while ten thousand horribly smug members get a head start.

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:45 pm

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And that is not counting the industries or the meek users who want more but ordered only one because the sales was suppose to be limited to one per user (Like me!).


Also it doesn't include people like me who haven't yet registered interest with either. Most who I know decided not to buy until the situation had calmed down.

My estimate of demand - if they could be magicked-up and everyone could have as many as they wanted - was one to two million, perhaps more, in the first year. I don't at present see any cause to lower that estimate.

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:46 pm

I would have thought that Gert, of all people, would have one reserved for him. His original got sat on so presumably needs a replacement for further development work

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 5:48 pm

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So… Almost half a million RPis sold.



…er no, its only showing interest – none of them have actually sold yet

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Re: 200,000 registrations of interest with RS

Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:19 pm

It's worth noting that's 200k interested parties. Not 200k sales.

There are two ways to look at it, not all 200k may end up buying one, some of the 200 will buy more then one.

I dont know which will be more, but I think those wanting more then one will exceed those deciding against it. There has been an impressive response so far. I really think it is just the beginning.

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:28 pm

Inwas one of the 6AM-ish people on RS site ... although I spent too long looking for a "buy" page before registering interest ... anyway, they just sent me the "thanks for registering interest" email (first I"ve had from them).
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Fri Mar 09, 2012 6:58 pm

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I would have thought that Gert, of all people, would have one reserved for him. His original got sat on so presumably needs a replacement for further development work



I have one repaired board but I want a spare also one for my children to play with. Yes, I probably could have gotten one from Eben but what is the use of me spending all my time in supporting the Foundation and then costing them money by expecting free boards.

For the repaired SD card on the board look at my picture here:


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Re: 200,000 registrations of interest with RS

Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:12 pm

Gert said:


Grumpyoldgit said:


I would have thought that Gert, of all people, would have one reserved for him. His original got sat on so presumably needs a replacement for further development work


I have one repaired board but I want a spare also one for my children to play with. Yes, I probably could have gotten one from Eben but what is the use of me spending all my time in supporting the Foundation and then costing them money by expecting free boards.


I think I speak for us all here saying that all the work you have done is well worth a free board or two. Particularly if the alternative is the risk that you will be spending your time pursuading the kids it is your turn on the RPi rather than producing more goodies and information for us.

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 7:14 pm

Gert said:





For the repaired SD card on the board look at my picture here:




6/10 for appearance.  10/10 for functionality.  :-)

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Fri Mar 09, 2012 9:08 pm

My partners father used to be in the Royal Navy when it was still a steam navy, his number one task was to keep the ship afloat and be able to stay on mission with whatever repairs were needed with whatever was available.

I think he would approve of the repair .

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Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:10 pm

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I think I speak for us all here saying that all the work you have done is well worth a free board or two.
+1 from me.

500 boards have been pre-allocated for Nokia Qt developers and I believe similar would be reasonable for all those who have helped bring the R-Pi to where it is now and are actively building the infrastructure around it.

I know some have called it elitist to suggest some are more deserving of R-Pi than others but I do believe that is the case. It would be ironic if all 10K had gone to people waiting for others to facilitate what they wanted to do, while those trying to facilitate were left without boards.

I think people like Gert, those building distros or demonstrably striving to provide for the entire R-Pi community should be given free boards or at least offered priority allocation. It's not just helping them it's helping them provide for all of us.

The 10K batch isn't complete yet and there may be this priority allocation in place. I personally hope so.

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Re: 200,000 registrations of interest with RS

Sat Mar 10, 2012 5:13 pm

Gert said:


Grumpyoldgit said:


I would have thought that Gert, of all people, would have one reserved for him. His original got sat on so presumably needs a replacement for further development work


I have one repaired board but I want a spare also one for my children to play with. Yes, I probably could have gotten one from Eben but what is the use of me spending all my time in supporting the Foundation and then costing them money by expecting free boards.


Nice to hear, so many people want something for nothing these days.


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That is real engineering right there!

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Re: 200,000 registrations of interest with RS

Sat Mar 10, 2012 6:01 pm

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My god... They'll never get all of that shipped.

I guess farnell figures would be about the same. So... Almost half a million RPis sold. Good job.



registrations dont amount to sales.

How many people have registered on both farnel and RS to get a piece of Pi, but will buy from whichever one ships first. Farnell have the upper-hand by actually taking card details and delivery info. Some people will buy one from both, I am, but a lot wont. At best guess, I think RS will only convert half those registrations to sales.

Still, it shows what a massive interest there is for a product like the RPi, and I can see there easy being half a million boards sold in the first 6 months. Just wait until the software matures and the pi comes in a tin, a million boards in the first 12 months is not unrealistic.

the important numbers are really in year 2,3 and 4, there is no way its going to sustain sale at these current levels of interest, and although there will always bee people like us computer geeks that will need a steady supply, but its the educational sector that will need to buy in significant numbers each year to keep the foundation going on.

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Re: 200,000 registrations of interest with RS

Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:22 pm

Gert said:


Grumpyoldgit said:


I would have thought that Gert, of all people, would have one reserved for him. His original got sat on so presumably needs a replacement for further development work


I have one repaired board but I want a spare also one for my children to play with. Yes, I probably could have gotten one from Eben but what is the use of me spending all my time in supporting the Foundation and then costing them money by expecting free boards.

For the repaired SD card on the board look at my picture here:




I think it's because you are likely to be more productive with your Pi than 99% of the rest of us! I would extend this to include the OS developers and other key people.

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Re: 200,000 registrations of interest with RS

Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:35 pm

zag said:


Quite impressive really to get 200k pre-registrations.

I wonder how many Farnell got?



No interest from here - I didn't want to allow them to spam me. RS said my email use would be restricted so they got my registration.

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Re: 200,000 registrations of interest with RS

Sat Mar 10, 2012 7:46 pm

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TheCrazyInventor said:

registrations dont amount to sales.

the important numbers are really in year 2,3 and 4, there is no way its going to sustain sale at these current levels of interest, and although there will always bee people like us computer geeks that will need a steady supply, but its the educational sector that will need to buy in significant numbers each year to keep the foundation going on.


If they are going to be given to children and if they work out as a teaching tool, new children will need new units.

I'm looking forward to companies finding they can hire off-the-peg programmers with mature community support who can develop solutions with an off-the-peg computer which can can be built into new mass-market products. Which will lead to an even greater incentive to learn programming on the Pi.

After which we'll probably need a model C with expandable memory and multiple cores...

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Sun Mar 11, 2012 9:30 am

I think (I have no knowledge of Foundation plans) that given the rapidly increasing SoC power levels and cheapness, there will be upgrades paths to faster Pi's over the next few years. It would be remiss not to take advantage of those improvements, as they give the Foundation a steady income stream. As long as backward compatibility is maintained, I see no issues.
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I think (I have no knowledge of Foundation plans) that given the rapidly increasing SoC power levels and cheapness, there will be upgrades paths to faster Pi's over the next few years. It would be remiss not to take advantage of those improvements, as they give the Foundation a steady income stream. As long as backward compatibility is maintained, I see no issues.


could have some great charity results by allowing people to donate their older rpis when that happens.
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