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
deathshadow
Member since:
2005-07-12

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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RE: Well, guess I won't order one
by Morty on Wed 29th Feb 2012 16:08 in reply to "Well, guess I won't order one"
Morty Member since:
2005-07-06

With some snipping, there was lots of gems here:


- 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".

- I call it ineptitude at choosing one's business partners,

- 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...

Talking about not having a clue, you really show the world your lack in epic magnitude with this comment. You surely do not have a clue what RS and Farnell are.

FYI:
RS Components is the world's leading high service distributor of electronics and maintenance products. Through operations in 32 countries and 17 warehouses, the Group serves 1.6 million customers worldwide, shipping more than 46,000 parcels on the same day the orders are received.

Farnell is one of the worlds leading distributors of electronic, electrical, industrial and maintenance, repair & operations (MRO) products.
Employing over 1200 people in more than 20 countries
Working with over 800 world class suppliers
Offering over 480,000 stocked products. With ordering 24 hours a day, 365 days a year



As for picking distributors, it's hard to do any better. Perhaps if you are a computer accessory vendor and get a world-wide deal with Dell and Apple, you may top it distributor wise.

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deathshadow Member since:
2005-07-12

Funny since for decades I've been buying a lot of the stuff that allegedly these two companies deal in...both retail and wholesale... and NEVER heard of them.

"RS Componants" looks like cheap ass fly by night clone of Digikey. Farnell you either have their main site that looks like a component "lister" (those useless pages that tell you there ARE such components, good luck ordering them) making it not even look as well established as Jameco... or even Adafruit. Then you have their goofy feel good 'community' which seems to be the only place you can actually do anything... never a good sign.

If anything, what I'm seeing looks more like wholesalers... when what they need is a retailer. That does indeed seem to be it... Wholesalers that near as I can tell don't even have a North America presence (probably why I never heard of them)... when what they needed is a global RETAILER. These are the types of companies you order 500+ bins of Cree LED's from for mass fab -- not hobbyist project boards.

If after fifteen minutes of struggling back and forth between three different browsers I still can't figure out where you would even pre-order ANYTHING from either company... NOT a good sign of legitimacy.

Either that or they're also blocking north american sales for some reason -- or my spamblockers are blocking them. (possible given the warnings Opera is throwing about "Farnell")

If they allegedly handle such large scale volumes of shipments, even with this hype it should have been piss in the bucket -- not 'site-breaking' disaster within minutes of it going live!

Even if they handle the volume of sales claimed, I suspect it's for a different type of market... and that can be all the difference in the world -- since there's a world of difference between corporate scale "maintenance products" and hobbyist scale project boards.

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.

Edited 2012-02-29 18:52 UTC

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