Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 29th Feb 2012 09:47 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems This morning, I experienced the nerd equivalent of a Black Friday $50 iPad sale. At 07:00 CET, the first batch of the much-anticipated Raspberry Pi went on sale, and while Raspberry Pi itself was very properly prepared, the two large international retailers actually selling the device weren't - despite warnings from Raspberry Pi about the enormous amount of traffic that would come their way, the two sites crumbled to dust within seconds. There's good news too - the cheaper model A has seen its RAM doubled at no additional cost.
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Very Generous!
by Garrrr_Pirate on Wed 29th Feb 2012 11:39 UTC
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You've been really rather generous considering what a huge car crash the whole launch has been.

All of these problems were predicted over and over to the RPi team. The only replies were ones of smug condescension that it was in hand.

Claiming that they had warned the resellers that this might happen doesn't really cut it I'm afraid, they didn't even have direct links to the products in place before the launch and just palmed the problem back. They couldn't answer anyone's questions as they didn't have any contacts at the resellers to speak to.

The RPi website stayed up because there was nothing on it, was pulled shortly before the launch and didn't stay up all the time, it just managed better than Farnell and RS.

Farnell didn't enforce the one per customer rule so it seems likely that large numbers have been hoovered up by individuals. You can't order it outside of the UK if you're not a business.

I don't really see how they could have handled it worse tBH.

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