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.”
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.