Thank you for the information. So this policy seems to be limited to our region (Asia and Austrailia).bwoodbury wrote:I just tested this from Canada and after selecting my country I don't get any prompt about business or consumer. After selecting place order the item and price show up in the shopping cart at $35.00
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Thanks for the link and info.. Oh well, 25% mark up is not that much compared to 42%. Suddenly the $35 price tag doesn't sound so attractive any more, consideringKole wrote:I've seen a few threads like this one before, but I can't find them all now. It seems that Farnell/Element14 decided to just stop selling RasPi directly in some regions and to force people to use local distributors. I don't think that we've head official explanation for that (or at least I wasn't able to find it while reading all 22 pages of this subforum), but some of the stories I did see were that they had regulatory issues or that selling to individuals is unprofitable. While both reasons are understandable, it would definitely be nice to hear some information on this topic from a trustworthy source. Maybe a sticky in the forum, like the one for RS?
In any case this leaves some people forced to buy from RS components and enjoy the RS experience.
Here's one more thread about the same issue:
http://www.raspberrypi.org/phpBB3/viewt ... 23&t=24608
This is great! Thank you very much!jamesh wrote:We are looking in to this, no news as yet, but something isn't right somewhere.
I don't have a problem with a local distributor.TomWij wrote:The exact same thing happened in Europe throughout November. At the end of October I was forced to go RS Components since Farnell showed the exact same as in the screenshots in this thread. Some weeks later in November it finally showed me a local distributor for Belgium.
I guess that now that they have done Europe, they're now dealing with USA!
The reasoning behind this is probably because they want to keep any problems to be more local, because the demand is just too much to deal with for a single distributor...
its 140% more! doesn't seems right at all.gjerman wrote:Russian retailer to which Element14 points to sells RasPi for $84 per unit...
That good to hear thank you for the update !liz wrote:Just to keep you updated: I've just had mail from e14, who are looking into everything that's been raised above; they hope to get back to us soon. But it *is* coming up to Christmas, and people's schedules vary across the globe, so it may be that we don't get a reply until after the holiday.
The average import tax in Russia is below 10% (if not zero for electronic components), and VAT is 18%.Kole wrote:... On the other hand, an importer will need to pay all plus take his cut too.....
How's that going to work, then?jamesh wrote:Although anyone can buy in bulk from Farnell/RS and sell on...so I expect over time these prices to stabilise at a lower point.
We are more fortunate here. I used to order from E14 and enjoy the free shipping. There is no differentiation between consumers or business as far as i am aware of. At least I have never been asked and refused at E14 like this time trying to get a RasPi for identifying myself as a consumer.Max wrote:Even for orders that are not handled by an external retailer, but by their own group, they tend to have different terms for consumers and businesses.
E.g. select that you are in the Netherlands, and are a business, Farnell will ship for free regardless of the little order value.
Select you are a consumer, and you will be redirected to Farnell Export, which will charge 9.95 GBP for shipping.