Psypro wrote:I think competition is good.
I agree...and any number of companies are finding out that the RPF is pretty stiff competition.
Rasberry Pi should make their own premium board a at a lower price then today. I for one wont buy Rasberry Pi2 when I can get a cheaper and better Pine64+ (For my needs)
Pine is better for both 32 and 64 bit. And has twice the RAM. Gigabith Ethernet. (referring to the webpage, waiting to se real worlds performance review)
Support... Choice of OSes... There are factors other than raw price in play. You can only get "twice the RAM" (2GB vs. 1GB on a Pi2B) if you go for the $29 model. The $15 PINE has the same amount of RAM as...a $5 Pi0.
Are Rasberry Pi so expsensive, since it is used to subsidize educational funds?
Say, what? Before the first Pi was launched, the dominant maker/hobbtist SBC was the Beagleboard (launched in 2009) at a cost of $90. The $35 Pi was a real shock. Beagleboard "countered" with the Beaglebone Black at $45, and the current version of that board is $55. Other companies--Hardkernel, Cubie, whoever is behind the Banana Pi, Lemon Pi, Roseapple Pi--have struggled to either meet or beat the RPFs price, or tried to come close on price while beating the Pi on performance. The Pi has still become the "800-lb. gorilla" of SBCs. Support (through the large and active community) and the organization goals appear to have made a big difference.
I think the best strategy for the Rasberry Pi foundation is to make low cost, and well supported hardware. With write ups on the webpage like now. And dont milk Rasberry Pi2 buyers so they can subsidies founding of school programs in UK.
The price of a Pi2B, let alone a Pi0 (just how much profit do you think anyone is getting on a $5 SBC, anyway?), isn't "milking" anyone. At least you know that money over and above cost and profit at the distributor level is going back to a worthy goal--education, and not just education in the UK. If the RPF--a UK charity--wants to put more money into UK projects than into projects elsewhere, can you blame them? And if you object...then don't buy Pis. Of course, if you don't buy and use Pis, then these Forums won't be able to help you when you have a problem.
Also producing and shipping from China should be more low cost then the same from UK.
Not necessarily. Sure, labor costs are generally lower in China (though they're climbing, which is why Chinese companies are outsourcing elsewhere), and a lack of some more "enlightened" labor laws and anti-pollution and enforcement of the laws there are reduce costs, but in the UK factory there is (on average) a better educated workforce and more thorough factory automation. Shipping costs? Well...if you're near China, then shipping will cost less. If you're in Europe or North America (two areas that dominate Pi sales), it'll be cheaper to ship from Wales.
(I realy dont know much about the raspberry foundation, tried to google, but could not find answer, saw some report about a Sony factory in UK making raspberry Pi)
It would appear that some reading is in order. You might start with the FAQ and About links on this very page, then look up "educational non-profit". Unlike other SBC designers/makers, the RPF will not be even attempting to enrich individuals beyond reasonable salaries. It is *not* going to turn Eben Upton into yet another tech billionaire (which is not to say that I think he doesn't deserve it). And--yes--the Sony contract manufacturing plant in Wales is where most Pis are made these days. Pis have been made in China over the years in a variety of numbers for a variety of reasons.