# Thread: I just ordered my piece of Pi

1. Originally Posted by B.O.F.H.
R1150?!?!? thats ridiculous.

They're available for \$89.79 from AliExpress.. so about R750.
Here is a calculation on the price.

I will demonstrate using the 74USD example importing with DHL. For a payment with western union you will pay around R 9.12 per USD if the exchange rate is R 8.40(this includes their fees and commission).

1- The purchase price 74USD
2- Shipping via DHL for one item of this size 20USD(on an order of 10 you will halve that amount so USD10 each).

74USD+20USD = 94USD @ R9.18 = R 862.92 upfront payment to the supplier

3- Duties/VAT = 74USD *1.1 = 81.4USD * 14VAT = 11.39USD * R 8.40 R/US = R 95.68 + R 100 DHL South Africa management fee.

In total this device, bought today, will cost approx R 862.92 + R 95.68 + R 100 = R 1058.60.

This means that the bid or buy cost of R 1150 is very reasonable seeing that bid or buy takes R 58 commission for themselves.

2. Originally Posted by onerb
Here is a calculation on the price.

I will demonstrate using the 74USD example importing with DHL. For a payment with western union you will pay around R 9.12 per USD if the exchange rate is R 8.40(this includes their fees and commission).

1- The purchase price 74USD
2- Shipping via DHL for one item of this size 20USD(on an order of 10 you will halve that amount so USD10 each).

74USD+20USD = 94USD @ R9.18 = R 862.92 upfront payment to the supplier

3- Duties/VAT = 74USD *1.1 = 81.4USD * 14VAT = 11.39USD * R 8.40 R/US = R 95.68 + R 100 DHL South Africa management fee.

In total this device, bought today, will cost approx R 862.92 + R 95.68 + R 100 = R 1058.60.

This means that the bid or buy cost of R 1150 is very reasonable seeing that bid or buy takes R 58 commission for themselves.
And on a batch of 5 the import duties were R 215 over and above the VAT amount - R43 each.

3. Duties? on a computer.. interesting.. I will need to investigate that since I just had a Pi delivered to my door for about 4 pounds.. with no duties attached to it.

Plus, if its R1060 to import it directly, well I'd rather do that and save R90 thank you very much.

erm.. kinda forgot about power for the thing... what are all y'all using?
I am just going to use a bench power supply for the short term, at least until it gets a dedicated function in life.

18th of the 5th
Awesome ! I ordered the same day... so expecting it soon !

my number is 202**

erm.. kinda forgot about power for the thing... what are all y'all using?
I'm going to get a power over Ethernet thinggie and covert it.

7. But since I decided to process an order up to a point.

Its \$74 for the item, plus \$15.79 for the shipping via DHL.

I would wonder about the duties, but I'll add them in anyway.

Currently we're at \$74 + \$15.79 + \$11.39.

This puts me at : \$101.18 * 8.57 (FNB's current "selling" price) = R867.11 shipped and delivered to my door.

No DHL management fee, no nothing extra (and I'm still a bit iffy on the "duties" part tbh given my recent experience with my Pi)

(Oh and if you order 5 pieces or more, the price is \$70.30, not \$74) so thats an extra saving.

8. HA ! as we speak DHL send me my notification !

Its on its way and has a tracking number w00t !!!

9. Originally Posted by B.O.F.H.
But since I decided to process an order up to a point.

Its \$74 for the item, plus \$15.79 for the shipping via DHL.

I would wonder about the duties, but I'll add them in anyway.

Currently we're at \$74 + \$15.79 + \$11.39.

This puts me at : \$101.18 * 8.57 (FNB's current "selling" price) = R867.11 shipped and delivered to my door.

No DHL management fee, no nothing extra (and I'm still a bit iffy on the "duties" part tbh given my recent experience with my Pi)

(Oh and if you order 5 pieces or more, the price is \$70.30, not \$74) so thats an extra saving.
Relax guy,

The amounts I showed was actual costs on one I bought.

Duties does not apply on items under 35USD(ex shipping), but you knew that already.

If FNB is selling it at that price that will exclude their fee's to send it to another country unless you draw the cash here and pay it in London, which ofcourse will cost way more.

Like I said, I am not here to argue with you. No malice intended, I was merely responding to another post to which you took exception for what ever reason.

On the PI - which OS is it running. Is it also linux based? I actually wanted to order when they just came out but they were all sold out.

erm.. kinda forgot about power for the thing... what are all y'all using?
I ordered the power supply with it. But you can probably pick up any Micro-USB charger at the shops. The RS one is rated for 700mA. I see my Samsung cellphone charger is rated to 0.7A so it will probably work equally well.

11. Originally Posted by onerb
Relax guy,

The amounts I showed was actual costs on one I bought.

Duties does not apply on items under 35USD(ex shipping), but you knew that already.

If FNB is selling it at that price that will exclude their fee's to send it to another country unless you draw the cash here and pay it in London, which ofcourse will cost way more.

Like I said, I am not here to argue with you. No malice intended, I was merely responding to another post to which you took exception for what ever reason.

On the PI - which OS is it running. Is it also linux based? I actually wanted to order when they just came out but they were all sold out.
I know you weren't slagging off the Pi, I'm just calling BS on your "calculations".

I just checked what the Forex charges on my Pi were, and there was not "fee" to send the money overseas... the forex rate for the day via an online site put the price at about R350 with shipping, and I ended up paying exactly R352.12. I stand correct, duty is applicable at the 10% plus VAT rate on items.. there isn't some lower threshold in USD.

As for the Pi itself, its running Linux, and you will wait awhile to get one unfortunately, there is a massive backlog and you won't be able to buy directly for awhile.. you will have to register with RS Electronics or Farnell and wait for your email to buy.

12. What does a Raspberry Pi do? What's the point?

13. Originally Posted by Fireprufe15
What does a Raspberry Pi do? What's the point?

Were you in a cave for the past year

http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs

14. Originally Posted by gregmcc
Were you in a cave for the past year

http://www.raspberrypi.org/faqs
LOL sorry I was a little vague in my previous post. I know what it is, but I still don't get what the point is. All I can think of is maybe a media center or something in a arcade machine type thing that runs MAME.

15. Originally Posted by B.O.F.H.
I know you weren't slagging off the Pi, I'm just calling BS on your "calculations".

I just checked what the Forex charges on my Pi were, and there was not "fee" to send the money overseas... the forex rate for the day via an online site put the price at about R350 with shipping, and I ended up paying exactly R352.12. I stand correct, duty is applicable at the 10% plus VAT rate on items.. there isn't some lower threshold in USD.

As for the Pi itself, its running Linux, and you will wait awhile to get one unfortunately, there is a massive backlog and you won't be able to buy directly for awhile.. you will have to register with RS Electronics or Farnell and wait for your email to buy.
Did you pay RS Electronics or the distributors in the UK?

I had to use paypal or western union as the chinese companies does not allow online purchases via mastercard or visa. That might explain the difference in fees.

Duty gets calculated on the selling price of the item and is calculated seperately from the 10% + VAT rate.

When the Pi was promoted on here I also tried to pre order on RS but they were not taking orders because of demand. I never tried again.

Did you buy an enclosure for your Pi? They are for sale for around 7dollars(or pounds cant remember).

I will by loading ubuntu 10.04 on the mk and see if it is worth while.

The best aspect of the pi is the fact that it can connect to svideo. this enables it to connect almost anywhere, the mk only has an HDmi which kinda restricts it.

I wanted the Pi for my daughter in her room with the old 54cm tv. now I'll have to get another monitor.

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