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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RE[2]: Only for companies?
by Morgan on Wed 29th Feb 2012 10:25 UTC in reply to "RE: Only for companies?"
Morgan
Member since:
2005-06-29

After 45 minutes of frustration reloading Farnell's product page, I was finally able to secure a pre-order. I had no problems due to being in the U.S. apart from the current exchange rate giving me a cost of ~$42, and for the required Company Name I just used my legal name. They accepted my order and I got a confirmation email.

I certainly don't hold the foundation at fault for the SNAFU, they went above and beyond in their efforts to make sure the launch went smoothly. Once the tide of drooling geeks has ebbed, we should be able to start placing regular orders, maybe as early as April.

I'm really looking forward to getting my unit in a month or so, and depending on how successful it proves for each of the projects I'll be throwing at it I will be ordering several more boards this year.

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RE[3]: Only for companies?
by henderson101 on Wed 29th Feb 2012 11:11 in reply to "RE[2]: Only for companies?"
henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

I'm no expert, but I'd guess you possibly paid VAT (sales TAX) at 20% (current UK rate.) You might want to verify that, as you will potentially get stung again when importing this item unless you can prove you already paid Tax on it. You may also be able to claim the Tax back as a non EU resident.

(This is based on (35 * 1.20 == 42) .. might just be a coincidence of course.)

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RE[4]: Only for companies?
by Morgan on Wed 29th Feb 2012 11:16 in reply to "RE[3]: Only for companies?"
Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

According to my receipt there was no VAT, and my card hasn't been charged yet. The ~$42 I referred to was from looking up the current exchange rate and applying it to the price as quoted in GBP on the order page.

Once my card is charged I'm sure there will be a VAT amount on there too. I knew there was no way I'd get this thing for $35 anyway, but it's still an awesome deal!

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RE[4]: Only for companies?
by bhtooefr on Wed 29th Feb 2012 11:26 in reply to "RE[3]: Only for companies?"
bhtooefr Member since:
2009-02-19

There won't be any import duty unless the order's over US$3000.

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