I live in India and I ordered a raspberry pi today morning from Element14. The support folks called me a couple of hours later and said that the order I had placed wasn't available (it was a keyboard/mouse with the Pi) so I asked them to send over just the Pi and nothing else.
They said that it would cost Rs.2350 which comes out to $46.6 (http://www.xe.com/ucc/convert/.....038;To=USD
). I told them that the Raspberry Pi cost $35 and it said so on this website but they said that if I wanted it for $35 then I should order it from this website. Because they were the distributors they had to add extra charges. I argued for a few minutes but quickly realised that if I didn't pay up I wouldn't have my Pi. So I paid them what they wanted.
My question is, is the foundation aware of this price hike from distributors? I'd rather donate the $11 I'm paying extra to the foundation. It's not an amount anyone is going to fuss over but I'd like to see it go to the foundation than a distributor. If the foundation is aware of this it might be worth mentioning somewhere on the front page so people like me don't ask this question again.
P.S. I'm not the only one with this complaint - http://www.element14.com/commu.....g-in-india