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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Well, guess I won't order one
by deathshadow on Wed 29th Feb 2012 13:53 UTC
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until they change distributors -- shame 'cause I really want one, but since this "RS Componants" throws a scam/spam warning to block the site in Opera, and in FF comes up "Not available in your region".... and this Element 14/Farnell site which I can actually reach doesn't actually look like a website that sells things so much as a feel good forums/community. What did they do, go out and find the worst two fly-by-night distributors they could find? Looks like they did ZERO research and didn't even try going through said companies order processes before giving the green light on using them.

No offense guys, but my scammy sense is tingling when it comes to both of those "distributors".

Someone called it beginner mistakes, I call it ineptitude at choosing one's business partners, and planning for actual retail sales of a product... though of course this seems to always be par for the course on 'educational startups' -- since most people in education or recently out of education don't know enough about the real world to do anything practical.

See the guy who a while back made that "Avenger" game controller for the disabled and ended up having his product pissed all over by the distributor "Ocean Marketing".

Not the first time their naiveté has required changes though -- see the whole "We can build it domestically" nonsense which I knew from day one I heard about it wasn't gonna fly. <Clarkson>You're not going to get a quality build at a reasonable price from a slovenly midlander.</Clarkson>

Here's hoping they get a REAL distributor or *SHOCK* even better a REAL RETAILER involved... instead of what seems to me like the "first swinging **** through the door" approach... Maybe they could find one that's at least HEARD of the bullwhip effect?

Of course with so much interest, it'll be fun when the knockoffs arive en-masse from the orient -- I'm sure they'll show up any time now on DealExtreme or some other 'slow boat' retailer.

SPEAKING of someone who probably could have handled the sales volume, and warehoused/shipped from WAY closer to the factory they're being made at...

Edited 2012-02-29 13:59 UTC

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