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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I mean really -- Mouser, Digikey -- is it that hard? While they seem the same focus, at least they have an online sales system that are actually are usable/functional.

The reasons are fairly simple. Mouser and DigiKey are much more US centric. With the Raspberry Pi developers being UK based and with their primary market targeted at UK schools, it makes sense and most likely they already know the distributors quite well. Besides RS and Farnell together are bigger than Mouser and DigiKey. But it's strange you don't get guided to Farnells US arm, Newark .

Edited 2012-02-29 19:37 UTC

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