I've been trying to work out what one of these is going to actually cost in the UK…
Good point, the distribution costs could be significant, and how will this be handled? Will it be a couple of Foundation members packing them, then taking the packages to the post office? Or will a shipping company be employed?
The original BBC headline that caught my eye was "Can a £15 computer solve the programming gap?". So the long term aim should be to stick close to that figure, at least for schools & other educational organisations. It would be interesting to know how the original estimates ($25 & $35) were arrived at. Did they include distribution costs?
I think if there is a high demand for the first batch, then maybe they should be sold at a higher price to whoever is desperate to get their hands on them. I'll be happy to step back and wait for the 2nd or 3rd batches to arrive (...rather than spend a night in my sleeping bag!).
Ideally, I think sales should be limited to one per person...
Allowing multiple quantities (rather than a "1 per customer" policy) should help keep the unit cost down.
If R-Pi does make an impact, I wonder whether we will see parallels with the OLPC project?
If the real cost of ownership of R-Pi rises to (say) £40, then we might see an Intel/Microsoft module appearing for a similar price. You can buy an Intel Atom board for less than £60, although this does not include memory (at the moment).
Well these Q have really been answered elsewhere, but....
Price of the board does NOT include distribution. Current estimate is that a single board will cost about £5 more in postage and packing, making it about £21 delivered in the UK. When bulk orders becomes possible, probably second or third batch, buying in bulk will mean you get much closer to the basic cost.
It is VERY unlikely an Intel based board could get anywhere near this level of pricing, although if it happens it still helps the aims of the foundation. Note that they still need delivery....
The foundation is using a fulfilment house to do the distribution - demands is probably too high for spare room packing.
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