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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Grumpy_Mike
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2012-02-29

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.


You must get out more and spend less time in your isolation. I have been buying from these people both as professional and home user for over 40 years. That is more of an indictment of you than these two companies. Mind you the launch has been a complete cock up.

I just got a reply from my Farnell order at 15:04 saying the expected delevery date is 16/04/2012 (in the proper format with the day first)

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deathshadow Member since:
2005-07-12

Giving up on it -- but I think my reaction is ENTIRELY based on their lack of a North America presence, and that their sites are being actively blocked here -- or it's being rejected on their side.

Starts to sound like the old late night K-Tel record ads... "Millions sold in Europe".

Until they add a vendor with better North America (specifically New England) support, looks like I wouldn't be able to order even if I wanted to.

Probably Karma payback for my being able to watch Hulu and Netflix while across the pond...

Just curious grumpyMike -- where are you from? Could indeed just be a regional issue.

-- edit -- nevermind, you're in England... That would do it since they appear to be out of... well... Starting to remind me of when Circuit City opened up stores in New England in the late 90's, and then were totally pissed off nobody knew who they were when they held a "Job Fair" -- IT, business and marketing professionals showing up when they were looking for cashiers. Wasn't pretty. Indignation from them over people never having heard of their business in a market they had never sold in... RIGHT. Pissed off people with a decade or more experience (like ex WANG and DEC employees) annoyed at having their time wasted on a retail chain instead of an actual IT company. The joys.

Edited 2012-02-29 19:07 UTC

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Morgan Member since:
2005-06-29

Giving up on it -- but I think my reaction is ENTIRELY based on their lack of a North America presence, and that their sites are being actively blocked here -- or it's being rejected on their side.


Dude, seriously? I'm in the U.S., and I got an email saying my Pi will be here at the end of April. My only issue with ordering was the server was so understandably slow. An untrained monkey could have navigated that site, it's a bog-standard shopping cart.

You know, there's being ignorant and uninformed, and then there's spouting utter bullshit to make a nonexistent point. Guess which one you seem to be doing?

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Grumpy_Mike Member since:
2012-02-29

Well Farnell bought Newark in 1996, have you come across them?

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phoenix Member since:
2005-07-11

Both sites work fine from Canada. Put in my "notice of interest" request with both sites. Received notices from Raspberry Pi and RS Components within an hour.

My boss was able to put in his requests as well. As were two other co-workers.

I'd have to say either your ISP is blocking things, or you're purposely screwing things up.

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