blaablaaguy wrote: fanoush wrote:
alexeames wrote:It would be nice if people would grow up and stop whinging about shipping costs
I think most people would stop complaining about price of Zero shipping if they could buy more of them and/or buy them at their local distributor. Currently one per customer rule at few selected UK/US distributors sadly means:
Friends cannot buy 10 of them together reducing shipping to 1/10
No small local Pi distributor can buy 100 of them and sell them with local shipping - one example - in my country shipping any Pi (or even 20 of them) to me from local e-shop like e.g. rpishop.cz would be 40CZK = 1.15GBP. For you it may be absurdly low, for me this is normal shipping price I expect when getting a Pi. And BTW I still consider myself lucky that I can get single Zero from Pimoroni for 3.4times as much which is a bit expensive but still much better than for people from Spain,Italy etc.
So to sum it up it is not just shipping - it is combination of shipping + 1 per customer limit + very few distributors + expensive or no shipping to many parts of the world.
So in case of Zero It would be nice if RPI Trading would grow up instead
allowing them to ship more Zeros and raising the 1 per customer limit solving all points above.
And then un-solving the problem of some guy getting their first, buying 30k zeros and leaving none for anyone else
I don't think the goal of allowing friends to club together can be achieved easily without letting those who want to order a whole lot for themselves slip through.
Overseas resellers should be easier to address: if it were possible for the Raspberry Pi Foundation to take on more distributors, that would be one way to deal with it, although the current 4 resellers may have contractual exclusivity. Alternatively if the existing resellers were in a position to distribute shipments to smaller overseas resellers that might help. E.g. If a reseller in the Czech Republic, Spain or Australia could buy (say) 100 or 500 units, and contractually commit to selling them in quantities of no more than one per customer, that may be viable. (FWIW, I don't think taking on a reseller in Australia would help, as it would still be cheaper for me to buy from the Pi Hut, as their overseas shipping is cheaper than shipping inside Australia...) It would however help if either the Pi Hut or Pimoroni could distribute to countries they currently don't ship to via resellers. I'm just not sure if the logistics of striking up a contractual relationship and then the actual distribution are feasible.