Maplin Electronics (UK) now have Raspberry Pis in stock


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by recantha » Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:12 pm
Just got their email newsletter and thought I'd pass on the good news:
http://www.maplin.co.uk/raspberrypi

£70 for the Pi and starter peripherals. No idea why they aren't selling the bare board.
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by jamesh » Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:23 pm
I've seen the box and the kit of parts - looks nice, if you like pink (the box that is)! Seems like a decent deal to get on the Pi ladder.
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by plugwash » Wed Sep 26, 2012 1:26 pm
£70 seems steep to me for what you get. Of course that is expected from maplin.

I suspect they aren't selling it seperately because it would make how much they are marking things up all the more obvious.
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by openloopx » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:00 pm
I ordered mine from RS back in June and still no date for delivery. How come Maplin now have them in stock?
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by excollier » Wed Sep 26, 2012 3:24 pm
If you were starting from scratch, i.e. no Pi and none of the peripherals to operate it, then it's not a bad deal.
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by prioryjim » Thu Sep 27, 2012 7:05 am
I ordered a Maplin kit Tuesday 25 September 2012
I got regular emails/status updates on delivery, and on the 26 they said it was being delivered.
Hopefully today from what the delivery note said.

I ordered from RS a long time ago and got no joy from them, so I cancelled that order.

The comment about Maplin "that they are selling it as a bundle to make a profit" is probably true. And the price is a bit more than you could perhaps get it else where.
However good luck to them, they are in business and have come up with the goods in three days.
Saying that it hasn't actually arrived yet, hope I don't jinx the delivery !

Also I have always been impressed with Maplins return policy.

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by recantha » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:06 am
I don't see anything wrong with them making a profit out of it. Certainly the Foundation has no problem with that. And, also, why would any company sell anything if not for a profit?

I wish they would sell the bare boards, though.
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by simplesi » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:17 am
If you were starting from scratch, i.e. no Pi and none of the peripherals to operate it, then it's not a bad deal.


Your right, It actually isn't :)

You can, of course, shop around and buy the same bits from Amazon/Ebay for about half the price but time is money for a lot of people and not everyone has kbds/mice/SD cards/PSU/Hubs lying around. (non-techy parents buying one for child for Christmas?)

Eventually, some Ebay supplier willput together the same kit but in the meantime, if you've some of those discount vouchers that Maplin are always handing out for stuff over £50 then you could end up with quite good value for money :)

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by jamesh » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:18 am
recantha wrote:I don't see anything wrong with them making a profit out of it. Certainly the Foundation has no problem with that. And, also, why would any company sell anything if not for a profit?

I wish they would sell the bare boards, though.


You can already get bare boards from Farnell and RS, adding another seller, at the same price, probably seemed to Maplin to not be of commercial benefit, hence the value added approach.
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by simplesi » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:24 am
You can already get bare boards from Farnell and RS

bare boards??? - are we still talking RPi here or have we switched to Gertboards???

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by recantha » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:52 am
jamesh wrote:
recantha wrote:I don't see anything wrong with them making a profit out of it. Certainly the Foundation has no problem with that. And, also, why would any company sell anything if not for a profit?

I wish they would sell the bare boards, though.


You can already get bare boards from Farnell and RS, adding another seller, at the same price, probably seemed to Maplin to not be of commercial benefit, hence the value added approach.


I dunno... I'd pay a bit of a premium to be able to just walk into a shop and buy one...
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by jamesh » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:55 am
recantha wrote:
jamesh wrote:
recantha wrote:I don't see anything wrong with them making a profit out of it. Certainly the Foundation has no problem with that. And, also, why would any company sell anything if not for a profit?

I wish they would sell the bare boards, though.


You can already get bare boards from Farnell and RS, adding another seller, at the same price, probably seemed to Maplin to not be of commercial benefit, hence the value added approach.


I dunno... I'd pay a bit of a premium to be able to just walk into a shop and buy one...


You would probably be in the minority, many people walk in to a shop, see what they want, then buy cheaper online nowadays. Hence the sorry state of the high street in the UK.
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by simplesi » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:31 am
many people walk in to a shop, see what they want, then buy cheaper online

well possibly agree if its a £300 tv, not sure if most people do that for a £30 toaster :)

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by excollier » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:09 am
I have found that if I order a Raspberry Pi + case, usb hub and card from ModMypi, and then get a wireless keyboard/mouse from Maplin, I can save some money ( shipping to Ireland soon adds up, but I live near the border, so I pass Maplins quite often).
Works out around £90, all in, as I have plenty of AV leads at home ( I install satellite tv and aerials occasionally)
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by sgegreen » Thu Sep 27, 2012 11:50 am
Pretty pink boxes?

Aren't those the same as the ones in RS' latest post to tell us that their RPis have arrived?
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by excollier » Thu Sep 27, 2012 1:50 pm
sgegreen wrote:Pretty pink boxes?

Aren't those the same as the ones in RS' latest post to tell us that their RPis have arrived?


Sorry, you've lost me there. (Maybe an age thing!)
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by sgegreen » Thu Sep 27, 2012 2:23 pm
It looks as if the pink boxes described by jamesh in the second post in this thread come from RS, not from CPC/Farnell.

This seems to mean that RS are delivering in bulk to Maplin before delivering to those individuals who have already paid for their Raspberry Pis.

All I can say is, I'm glad I cancelled my order with RS; I was lucky to then be one of the first with a very overclockable Rev 2 (Made in the UK by Sony with Samsung RAM) Raspberry Pi from CPC/Farnell...
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by liz » Thu Sep 27, 2012 6:53 pm
Different pink boxes, designed by Maplin themselves; it seems that pink is a popular choice among packaging designers for the Raspberry Pi for some reason!
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by sgegreen » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:10 pm
@liz
I think I would be happier to have a timely delivery in a plain white or brown box than to wait for something that might (or might not) be the latest fashion by then.

But then I'm just a middle-aged geek who was thrilled to be involved (along with my wife and oldest son) with Acorn in the heady days of the BBC Micro, the Archimedes and the Risc PC.

I suppose it helped that I worked for the BBC at the time doing computer graphics...
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by recantha » Thu Sep 27, 2012 8:26 pm
Ahhhh. Archimedes. That brings back lovely memories. My A3000 was my pride and joy :-)
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by PaulCheffus » Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:32 pm
jamesh wrote:
recantha wrote:
You would probably be in the minority, many people walk in to a shop, see what they want, then buy cheaper online nowadays. Hence the sorry state of the high street in the UK.



Hi

I actually did it the other way around found a decent price online then went to the local high street store and got them to price match.

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by exartemarte » Thu Sep 27, 2012 10:33 pm
jamesh wrote:You can already get bare boards from [..] RS

As you know well enough, Jamesh, there are many in these forums whose experience has been otherwise. If you must make this sort of comment, at least point people towards those suppliers who are actually supplying. Please.
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by prioryjim » Fri Sep 28, 2012 6:46 am
I am still waiting for Postman Pat to turn up.

1) Anyone actually got a Maplin bundle yet ?
2) Any pictures of what's in the box ?
3) Any instructions ?

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by jamesh » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:24 am
exartemarte wrote:
jamesh wrote:You can already get bare boards from [..] RS

As you know well enough, Jamesh, there are many in these forums whose experience has been otherwise. If you must make this sort of comment, at least point people towards those suppliers who are actually supplying. Please.


I am not allowed to recommend one supplier over another.
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by numanoids » Fri Sep 28, 2012 8:39 am
jamesh wrote:
exartemarte wrote:
jamesh wrote:You can already get bare boards from [..] RS

As you know well enough, Jamesh, there are many in these forums whose experience has been otherwise. If you must make this sort of comment, at least point people towards those suppliers who are actually supplying. Please.


I am not allowed to recommend one supplier over another.


Well I think the rest of us who are trying to support the foundation can make recommendations - and RS certainly are not one of them.
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