This has just landed in my mailbox from the guys at RS Components, and needs sharing:
Hi Liz! I wanted to give you a quick update on some progress we have made with simplifying the international ordering process for Raspberry Pi’s from RS. This is in addition to the universal worldwide pricing info shared recently, and we believe that it will provide help for RS customers all over the world.
We will be opening up a bespoke Online Raspberry Pi Store for customers to order their Raspberry Pi Model B boards and all associated accessories. The store will be opened up to customers who have registered with RS, in sequence, according to the time that they registered their interest with us. Our new Raspberry Pi Store has been designed to support private individuals wishing to purchase Raspberry Pi’s and has a number of advantages for customers:
- The current RS websites do not support PayPal but the new RS Raspberry Pi Store will accept orders via PayPal, Visa and Mastercard. (I know there has been some questions about this!)
- Customers will be able to select between payment currencies of GBP£, Euro€ or USD$.
- We are no longer restricted from selling to private individuals in Austria, so we are able to support all countries unless we are legally prohibited by trade restrictions.
If you have any questions please leave them below, and I’ll try to get someone from RS to come along later and answer them. I know some of you are waiting on an update on CE marking; I hope we’ll have something for you before the end of today, so keep your eyes on the blog.
Update, 14:27: RS just emailed me to say:
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…Please reassure everyone that RS have not removed ANYONE from our queue of registrants and that we will be inviting people into the Raspberry Pi Store just as soon as we can get a fix on the compliance implications! We are unable to respond to individual enquires from registrants for now, but we are issuing weekly updates via email to everyone who has registered with RS. If people are not yet receiving our weekly emails then it’s possible that the wrong email address may have been entered at the time of registration. In this case, we would strongly recommend that people re-register with RS Components as soon as possible.