https://www.raspberrypi.org/magpi/raspb ... -on-track/
W. H. Heydt wrote:
Say, what? Where did you get the idea that the Pi Zero isn't made on the same line as other Pis?
But, given the tradition for new Pi models to sell out at launch, why is it taking so long to ramp up production on the Zero? The answer lies in the board’s unique position, Eben reveals. “This isn’t quite the same as the other Pis, because the other Pis are made by RS and Farnell. We make these Pis, so you’re actually looking at a small company trying to scale.”
“We’ve got good resources and good engineers, but you’re looking at a small company trying to scale production,” Eben continues. “It’s not quite realistic to compare the [Pi Zero] throughput to the throughput of the big Pis, because the big Pis are being made by billion-dollar, billion-pound companies; the Zero’s being made by us.”
Now maybe what Eben is saying is RS and Farnell handle everything with the big Pi's but the Zero all RS and Farnell do is assemble and the Pi foundation handles all other logistics, not sure.
I see you found the correction. RS and Farnell contract with factories for production, much of it from Sony Pencoed in Wales. In the case of the Pi Zero, the RPT does the contract itself. Same factory, same production line. (I really think that Sony would be well advised to put in another dedicated Pi production line, but they don't seem to be likely to do so. Of course, they have access to a lot of information that I don't.)
To get a Pi Zero, the lowest shipping from Adafruit is $6.
The cheapest I can get ANYTHING shipped to me in Georgia from Adafruit is $9.09. The others in the past, I am pretty sure I had the same issue there, higher shipping. Since now that doesnt appear to be an issue (I tried with a similar device since PiZero is showing out of stock) then I will likely order a few from them. Pimoroni, standard international shipping is $5 and Royal Air Mail like PiHut offers (for $5) is $8. I'd have to check if their standard shipping offers tracking. So yes it appears some options have opened up.
With Adafruit, did you scroll down to the end of the listing of shipping options? As I recall, USPS is at the bottom of the list and is the cheapest option. Unless Adafruit is treating Georgia like a third world country with a dodgy postal system...
Another point...do you plan ahead? IF you are doing projects on an ongoing basis, why not buy a few Pi Zeros just to keep them on hand for when a project comes along that they're just the thing for...especially if you either get to that MicroCenter on a regular basis
Sure there is some planning but I only am in that area at best 3 times a year. This time I did take my 14yr old Daughter. The problem with Microcenter is like most stores nowdays they like to track their customer info. So when she went to the register to get her Pi Zero she was asked about her phone # and they pulled me up in their DB. I dont like feeling like I have to sneak to get more than one in a retail setting. Thats just me.
Radio Shack used to ask for zip codes. I generally declined to provide one as I felt no particular desire to aid their market research. It's the same reason I abhor "loyalty cards". I only have one, but that one has never had any personal data attached to it, and it is a replacement for one I lost where I gave the store the name "B. Munchausen" and the address was that of the store itself. Only one clerk ever even partially figured out the name (I was asked if I was related to Baron Munchausen). It was actually my way of telling the system I was lying on the rest of the data.
As for your daughter, at 14 she should decline to give *any* personal data to a store clerk, period, end of story. If pushed she can say that her parents don't want her giving out that data, and without further explanation. (I don't think store clerks should *ever* ask that question of a minor.)