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Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:05 pm

I see that the Pico is currently half price at Pimoroni £1.80 / £3 with pre soldered headers. Only 1 per customer of course.

Too much stock or have they heard rumours of new products? :D

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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:40 pm

No new product, but given chipagedon, a surprising deal!
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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:11 pm

Likely a loss leader. Who's going to pay the postage costs for such a small purchase? May as well look around and see what else is available.
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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:20 pm

Likely a loss leader. Who's going to pay the postage costs for such a small purchase?
You could say the same thing about the Pi Zero. Also only one per customer, but I believe a lot have been sold.

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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:25 pm

jbudd wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:20 pm
Likely a loss leader. Who's going to pay the postage costs for such a small purchase?
You could say the same thing about the Pi Zero. Also only one per customer, but I believe a lot have been sold.
Agreed (to an extent) however the 1 per customer for the Zero has always been in place no matter where you buy it from (other than agreed bulk purchases from RPT/RPF) ie not a re-sellers decision. As far as I know this isn't a restriction on sales of the Pico.
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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 3:42 pm

jamesh wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 2:40 pm
No new product, but given chipagedon, a surprising deal!
Micro Center had a Pi Zero for a penny coupon this month. I didn't have the coupon but after the purchasing a Zero at the usual price I also got an infrared thermometer on sale, some Raspberry Picos and a few store-branded A1-class SD cards. Talk about a loss leader!

I'm most interested post-pandemic in taking the temperature of my new Pico.

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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:46 pm

It's not a deal
... because you go there, you add it to basket. You then add a PiZero as why not, you then see some other interesting things and before you know it you have a box full turning up on your door. Cases, led, screens, stuff your not sure what it is but looked interesting and work with one or the other.


It is a bit like going to Aldi/Lidl for some bread and chicken, you come out with a lawnmower, Allen keys, gardening gloves and an aquarium.

I've seen too many pimoroni purchase pictures to know that only the odd few actually just buy a Pico or a PiZero.
;-)

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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:50 pm

bensimmo wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:46 pm
It is a bit like going to Aldi/Lidl for some bread and chicken, you come out with a lawnmower, Allen keys, gardening gloves and an aquarium.
Guilty of the gardening gloves, but I was intending to buy some elsewhere that day.

I plan to put an order in at Pimoroni when funds allow, but I'm waiting until I can put a fairly big order in. I've got enough Picos to get along with for now.
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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:55 pm

One trip to Aldi I came away with a jet wash and a ladder platform. Only wanted cheese.
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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 7:01 pm

jamesh wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 6:55 pm
One trip to Aldi I came away with a jet wash and a ladder platform. Only wanted cheese.
Question is, did you remember to get the cheese? :D
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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 7:57 pm

How cool would it be if I could go to Aldi/Lidle for a bag of cornflakes and come out with a bunch of Pi, Pico and associated hardware?!
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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:11 pm

Perhaps the Pi store in the Grande Arcade should start selling cornflakes? :lol:
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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:27 pm

bensimmo wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 4:46 pm
It's not a deal
... because you go there, you add it to basket. You then add a PiZero as why not, you then see some other interesting things and before you know it you have a box full turning up on your door. Cases, led, screens, stuff your not sure what it is but looked interesting and work with one or the other.


It is a bit like going to Aldi/Lidl for some bread and chicken, you come out with a lawnmower, Allen keys, gardening gloves and an aquarium.

I've seen too many pimoroni purchase pictures to know that only the odd few actually just buy a Pico or a PiZero.
;-)
Guilty as charged, lol. :D I wouldn't place an order to just buy the one PICO, even at half price. I would happily add it to an order I was placing though. And I almost always add a Pi Zero to any order I place just to have a few kicking around as spares.

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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Thu Jun 24, 2021 8:21 am

alphanumeric wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:27 pm
... And I almost always add a Pi Zero to any order I place just to have a few kicking around as spares.
I wonder how many extra Zeros get bought that way ... and if the one-per-order limit has actually increased the sale of Pis.

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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Thu Jun 24, 2021 8:24 am

alphanumeric wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:27 pm
I almost always add a Pi Zero to any order I place just to have a few kicking around as spares.
What software and extra hardware do you need to make a Pi0 kick? Does the watchdog bite back?
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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Thu Jun 24, 2021 12:53 pm

Burngate wrote:
Thu Jun 24, 2021 8:21 am
alphanumeric wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:27 pm
... And I almost always add a Pi Zero to any order I place just to have a few kicking around as spares.
I wonder how many extra Zeros get bought that way ... and if the one-per-order limit has actually increased the sale of Pis.
I think it's possible the one per order limit has increased sales. At the same time, it made projects like the cluster hat and the super cheap cluster for learning

viewtopic.php?t=199994

difficult for people running code clubs.

It's possible the limited availability may also have prevented general use of the Pi Zero in schools and other places where a single IT support person or teacher needs a way to order 30 or 40 computers at a time.

In a way the Pico is better for simple GPIO projects. Not only is it readily available but the supported way of programming it is bare metal without all that confusing Linux stuff which adds unpredictable latency.

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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Thu Jun 24, 2021 1:27 pm

ejolson wrote:
Thu Jun 24, 2021 12:53 pm
Burngate wrote:
Thu Jun 24, 2021 8:21 am
alphanumeric wrote:
Wed Jun 23, 2021 8:27 pm
... And I almost always add a Pi Zero to any order I place just to have a few kicking around as spares.
I wonder how many extra Zeros get bought that way ... and if the one-per-order limit has actually increased the sale of Pis.
I think it's possible the one per order limit has increased sales. At the same time, it made projects like the cluster hat and the super cheap cluster for learning

viewtopic.php?t=199994

difficult for people running code clubs.

It's possible the limited availability may also have prevented general use of the Pi Zero in schools and other places where a single IT support person or teacher needs a way to order 30 or 40 computers at a time.

In a way the Pico is better for simple GPIO projects. Not only is it readily available but the supported way of programming it is bare metal without all that confusing Linux stuff which adds unpredictable latency.
The Zero isn't a particularly good educational tool for classrooms IMO. The xB+ is usually a better bet and of course you can buy those in quantity.

But I agree about the Pico - that's a good educational tool, but of course, you need a Pi or PC to program it.
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Re: Half price Raspberry Pi Pico

Thu Jun 24, 2021 7:53 pm

I have more Pi Zero's than all my other models combined. Mostly headless setups that don't require any heavy computing. I use 3A+'s where a Zero isn't quite up to the task. Mostly for my headless Motion Eye OS camera setups. It's a nice cost saving over a 3B or 4B. I can do my setup with just the one USB jack.
I am hoping to replicate a couple of my Pi Zero builds with PICO's. I have 10 PICO's on hand so I'm in no hurry to buy another one, on sale or not. I'm sure that will change once I find permanent uses for some of them. Still in the tinkering phase for now.

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