Raspberry Pi in Sri Lanka


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by hishamhameed93 » Tue Aug 07, 2012 12:44 am
Hey guys,

May I know the procedure or any local retailer that I can buy the Raspberry Pi from in Sri Lanka ?? I really need one of these, it'd be great if anyone could help me out with the procedure.
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by mrfunk » Tue Aug 07, 2012 8:56 am
You should buy from RS or Farnell because they''re the authorized dealers. Maybe u can find something on ebay spending some more money.
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by Grendell » Sat Nov 03, 2012 6:21 pm
Hi there

Did you get your Raspberry in SL ?
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by hishamhameed93 » Sun Nov 04, 2012 2:58 am
No unfortunately I couldn't get one down yet. Plus the import tax is too high when I import electronics. Would really appreciate it if I can find a local retailer in Sri Lanka. As local retailers do have a huge quota for electronics....

Thanks in advance & hope to hear from you all soon.
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by pygmy_giant » Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:14 am
From what I can gather the Sri-Lankan government doesn't encourage free trade with the west - I think there is a lot of bureaucracy involved with importing. My dad has some items impounded at the moment, as do the Red Cross (an ambulance). I think the government likes to restrict and control the flow of technology and information amoungst certain sections of the population. A cheap educational computer for the disadvantaged might not be in line with their agenda. Perhaps someone who knows could tell me if that statement is fair?
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by basha » Thu Nov 08, 2012 7:24 am
Hi,
Yes, There is authorized dealer in Sri Lanka.
Element14 authorized dealer in Sri Lanka is Orel solutions (Orenge electronics Sri Lanka).
http://farnell.com/raspberrypi-consumer/approved-retailers.php
I have already checked with them and they will order RPI upon request and lead time will be three week. They have sold more than 300 RPis (according to them)
It will be around LKR 7500 after all import charges and dealer commissions.

I have ordered mine in 4th July from RS and still waiting. My order no is 101014XXXX.
I should get delivery confirmation mail by now. But no response for any mails.
I will never order anything from RS in future.
BTW I am from Sri Lanka.
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by Grendell » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:46 am
Hi
I will be returning to the UK next week if I can be of any help. I uderstand there is no import duty on Computer Products into S.L. but there may well be duty on Electronic Products so it is important how the device is described.

G
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by azeemigi » Sun Feb 03, 2013 6:01 pm
I bought a pi couple of weeks ago. I had to pay only LKR 450/= taxes (National Building Tax + Port & Airport Development Levy). After placing the order, the package got delivered just in 6 days, via DHL Express.
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by basha » Mon Feb 04, 2013 10:53 am
I also got mine via DHL in mid November 2012 and only paid similar amount.
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by samma89 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 5:18 am
@azeemigi..,
Can you please tell me the procedure you followed to buy a R-Pi and DHL it to Sri Lanka. Thanks in advance.

Samma89
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by yapanuwan » Mon Apr 08, 2013 4:10 pm
basha wrote:I also got mine via DHL in mid November 2012 and only paid similar amount.


:o Can you please explain how you ordered it? How much did it cost you?
I'm a bit ignorant about these stuff. But I really need a Pi for a robotic application.

Thanks.
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by dinesharuna » Sat Apr 20, 2013 8:26 am
can't get a raspberry for 35$ in srilanka ..almost cost around 70$ from ebay..i got it from a my friend in usa it also cost 50$....
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by basha » Sun Apr 21, 2013 9:00 am
yapanuwan wrote:
basha wrote:I also got mine via DHL in mid November 2012 and only paid similar amount.


:o Can you please explain how you ordered it? How much did it cost you?
I'm a bit ignorant about these stuff. But I really need a Pi for a robotic application.

Thanks.


You can order from here
http://raspberrypi.rsdelivers.com/default.aspx
I have used paypal for payment.
Give me a ring if you have any problem of ordering.
my contact no 0777255256
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by Saman » Tue Apr 23, 2013 9:19 am
I bought mine from LankaTronics. Here is the link.
http://www.lankatronics.com/development ... del-b.html

The board is marked with "Made in UK" and they have importing directly from USA. When it is UK, USA, quality is there. Also, since LankaTronics is dealing with taxes and all, there is no time waste for us. Hope this helps!
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by yapanuwan » Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:11 pm
@basha - Thanks a lot for the reply. I also want to know how much it cost you in total.

@Saman - Lankatronics price is 8500/=. I think that defeats the purpose of RPi because we can get an Intel Atom board for the same price range.
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by basha » Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:50 am
It cost me 35USD+10USD for postage and I have paid 460 odd rupees to DHL as a tax when I am receiving the package.
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by Saman » Sat Apr 27, 2013 5:13 am
Hi Basha,

So you got $10 for DHL shipping? From where you get this? As far as I know, DHL shipping from the west to Sri Lanka is always about $30+.

Also, could you confirm that your unit is marked with "Made in UK" and you received it with the original box? I bought mine based on this link.
http://www.expertcore.org/viewtopic.php?f=92&t=3910

If you don't mind, let me know the place you bought too, because I'm panning to by two more units.

Thanks!
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by wmsundell » Sat Apr 27, 2013 6:03 am
I got one made in the UK. I live in USA. So, I was lucky to get the UK one.
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by basha » Sat Apr 27, 2013 11:25 am
Dear Saman,
My idea is to help someone who still have doubt to order from RS component or Premier Farnel.
I dont want to argue and waste my time.
Please check attached screenshot of my invoice and actual pics of my package which i got in last November.


I have paid only 43.02 to RS component (including postage) with my paypal. RS component are sending their international packages with DHL post with limited tracking facility. I got the package exactly fifth date from DHL Sri Lanka after they posted from UK (see the pictures)

Note: I got Made in China version and I don't give an sxxt on UK version or China version as far as do the job.
Ex: iPhone is great phone by Apple USA. But Do USA manufacture them? No, they are manufactured by China. Actually, in China, good quality manufacturing plants and cheap quality manufacturing plant there.
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by Saman » Mon May 13, 2013 2:20 pm
Hello Basha,

Honestly I'm very happy with my board and the quality is fantastic. It came in an original Raspberry Pi box, so it is nice to give a start. As far as I know, "Made in China" is an obsolete version of the unit and Rasberry Pi are no longer in to making boards in China. "Made in the UK" one is the future product.

I do not agree with you that Raspberry Pi comes with UK seal is made in China. I personally know there are many superior PCB factories in the UK. Their manufacturing costs are marginally higher but quality is unbeatable. Not seeing "Made in UK" products doesn't mean UK doesn't manufacture them. It is that 90% of those are domestic and what we get is the cheap Chinese products due to cultural difference.

This is long story said in short.

I'm buying electronic stuff from Lankatronics for many months now and they are superb. I'm very satisfied. I got to know that they import these units through authorised dealerships. As a Sri Lankan, I appreciate their efforts in bringing down high quality products rather than Chinese crap to boost the electronic industry in Sri Lanka. Doesn't matter I pay few bucks to them, as long as they are engineers who love the field of technology and taste the flavour of innovation, I support them.

You paid nearly Rs. 6000 for a Chinese version and I paid Rs. 8500 for the UK version. Ten more bucks for the best is worthier :)

Someone mentioned that Oral (Farnel local agent) takes this down to 7,500... I called them before bying from Lankatronics and they have clearly mentioned me that model A is Rs. 7500 and the B is 8750. So misinformation here. Model B is worthier than A with more RAM and some other minor mods. If you are not in to signal processing, you can be happy with A, but I think it is far more worthier to go for B straight away.

Kind Regards,

Saman
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by dilupascooby » Mon Nov 18, 2013 12:12 pm
I ordered my PI few days back and it arrived in exactly 6 days. order from http://raspberrypi.rsdelivers.com/default.aspx
It is a "made in UK" version and I had to pay only 41 us dollars. The item arrived as a DHL package and I had to pay another Rs.465 as handling charges. So all I had to spend is less than Rs.5700/=. All I have to say is this "Saman" guy is a promoter of lankatronics.com. Please beware of such cheaters.
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