R360 PC: Raspberry Pi pricing changed, possibly delayed

The popular $35 linux PC has had a manufacturing hiccup and received a price adjustment

March 15, 2012
Raspberry Pi

RS Electronics, a licensed manufacturing partner for Raspberry Pi (a low cost Linux PC), has announced a change in the pricing of the device.

Previously, Raspberry Pi revealed that a manufacturing hiccup may delay shipment of the device. The manufacturing delay was caused by an Ethernet port mixup where Raspberry Pi had specified magnetic jacks but received non-magnetic ones.

“No magnetics means no network connection,” wrote the Raspberry Pi Foundation’s PR volunteer, Liz Upton.

The initial batch will probably not be affected, but Raspberry Pi warned that later batches might be delayed if there’s a problem sourcing enough magnetic jacks.

“All the stock of jacks we believed we had in place and ready to turn into the Ethernet ports on your Raspberry Pis turn out not to be the correct part, so we’re having to start again and move through the negotiating/ordering/delivery cycle as fast as we can.”

Ethernet port - magnetic versus non-magnetic

Magnetic and non-magnetic Ethernet port: which is which, do you think?

RS Electronics has also informed Raspberry Pi that it has changed its pricing structure to be more uniform across the world.

“With demand running at such a high level, and in an effort to keep things as simple as possible, RS have decided to set a single global price and a single global delivery charge,” RS told Raspberry Pi. “This should help you communicate to the Raspberry Pi community very clearly.”

The new price for the Raspberry Pi Model B will be £21.60 and will have a shipping charge of £4.95 (all excluding VAT and import duties).

RS Electronics also explained that the only country where they don’t sell to individuals is Austria, and that they will accept payments via PayPal or credit card.

“The single Shipping Charge of £4.95 will apply to all orders and will also include any Raspberry Pi accessories ordered from RS at the same time as the Raspberry Pi Model B board (eg. Memory Card, Power Supply, Cables, Keyboard, Mouse etc.),” RS Electronics said. “We will not charge a further shipping charge for any accessories that are ordered and shipped with the Raspberry Pi board.”

Using today’s exchange rate and 14% VAT, this brings the price of the Raspberry Pi to R363.20 in South Africa (excluding import duties).

Considering that the list price on the South African RS Electronics portal for the Raspberry Pi is R259.20 (£21.60 × R12/£), this isn’t a price increase as much as it is clarification of the delivery charges and taxes that will be applicable.

According to RS, they have received over 200,000 registrations of interest in the Model B Raspberry Pi.

Related articles

Raspberry Pi demand a blessing for parts suppliers

Raspberry Pi may face delays

R260 PC: Register for a Raspberry Pi from SA

Tags: Headline, Liz Upton, Raspberry Pi, RS Electronics

Free Email Newsletter:
Subscribe

Shutterstock is the image partner of MyBroadband – technology images can be found here

Join the conversation

Connect with MyBB

twitterfacebookandroidappleblackberrynewsletterfeed

Poll

What is the average broadband speed which you experience?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...

More News

Big gadget and tech specials

Sale

South Africans can save lots of money on a wide range of gadgets and tech products this weekend

Neotel hosting billing concerns

Neotel

Neotel data centre bandwidth and power consumption misreporting issues have been fixed

Eskom employees arrested over transformer theft

Eskom

Two Eskom employees have been arrested in Karen Park, Pretoria, for allegedly stealing six transformers with an estimated value of R650,000, police said on Friday

Digital TV decoder subsidy details published

Non-compliant DVB-T2 set-top box in South Africa

Signs of movement around South Africa’s migration to digital terrestrial television are welcomed, the DA said

Free MyBroadband Newsletter:
Subscribe
X
bool(true)