Our problem is darn simple: most, if not all, electronic components distributors operating in Brazil are multinational companies that do not take our market seriously. That or they think we are still living in tents and giving away Pau Brasil in exchange of mirrors and necklaces.
See, there is Farnell. They probably will bring us RPi, but hell will freeze over before they honor the intended sell price, and, like mostly everyone else, allegedly on the account of our tributes. Which is, also, most likely a stinking lie. Bitter? Nah, realistic. One example: TI's Launchpad. Sold by themselves for US$4. Farnell is their distributor here, they have the same kit for sale, but at R$24,66
. FYI, a dollar is worth about 2 reais at this point. Three times the price. It's not that
expensive, of course. I could buy one myself. But these are intended to be learning platforms, to form new developers, aren't they? What the distributors are doing is perverse, in the sense that it prevents new ideas to take form. An arduino board is well over US$50 here, plus shipping charges. I may be wrong, but they might as well think we all make as much money as the half-dozen people that own Salvador's Carnaval (I can go deeper on this, but that'd be off-topic).
I'm willing to buy a lot of RPi's for me and my friends, perhaps five units, share shipping and import taxes. I hope RS will ship'em here, or we'll have to trouble another friend who's living in Europe to finally put our hands on some Pi.