georgewa wrote:Hi! Just a quick question, for those living in the USA, where is the best place to purchase the RPi 2 ?
If you are thinking big, and want to purchase all the available accessory components for the RPi 2, what would be the best place to shop if you live in the USA?.
Microcenter has them in their stores for walk in only purchase. $34.99. MCMElectronics also has it in its retail store I have read. Many places in the US will let you order, Sparkfun, Adafruit, MCMElectronics, Amazon etc. The difference is, mail order/online order you are going to get killed on shipping unless you buy enough with one of these companies to qualify for free shipping.
On shipping... Yes. That's an issue. However, there are ways to beat the problem. You can get together with friends to make a big enough order to get free shipping. Sometimes, the companies do a "sale" on shipping, offering either free shipping or free at a lower total order than normally. MCM, for instance, is offering $6 shipping this weekend.
You have to balance the cost of shipping against the cost of driving to a brick & mortar store. You can add in the value of your time, which for anyone out of high school is almost certain to be worth more than most shipping. You can also balance how fast you want the goods in hand against the cost of various shipping options. Want it fast...expect to pay more. Willing to wait...it will cost less.