klricks wrote:I just ordered a RPi and case from Newark and was charged $8.23 S&H (ground) for both. Not $10 but probably double what I would consider a good rate. Though the costs given are not just the actual postage. There is packing and handling etc.
Welcome to the world of $80 ~ $140 per barrel petroleum. We've been spoiled for a very long time by energy prices kept low by increasingly-efficient exploration and production, but the easy stuff to get at has mostly been sucked dry, the harder stuff to get at is not only off-shore, but waaaay down deep off-shore (miles down), and occasionally there are whoopses like the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion, etc., for which we consumers ultimately have to pay. I also suspect that the fixed $25/$35 price of the Pi has resulted in the distributors having to charge a bit more for individual orders than would otherwise seem appropriate just so they could literally make a buck. Farnell, RS, and their subsidiaries and partners are used to dealing primarily with businesses for the vast majority of their income, and shipping is a flea on the back of an elephant when an order arrives in its very own tractor-trailer rig.
IIRC, the Foundation negotiated delivery of individual boards at no more than five Pounds (it may have even been five Dollars, or the equivalent in other currencies), but I also seem to remember that may have been for UK deliveries. The U.S. subsidiaries/partners didn't even list the Pi on their sites for at least a day after the launch and by that time, it was clear that orders through them during the first few hours they were taking them would be delayed being delivered at least a couple of months given the demand in the UK alone. The backlog wound up taking nearly six months to fill (I registered interest for a board through Allied on 2 March, the first day the Pi was listed on their site, and it arrived in mid-August).
I do miss the days of Acme, from which a Wile E. Coyote could order all manner of anvils, safes, catapults, rocket launchers, etc. When asked why he continued to order obviously-defective merchandise from Acme after repeated calamities, Mr. Coyote held up a painted wooden sign that read, "Unlimited line of credit". I do have to admit, that would be very tempting
The best things in life aren't things ... but, a Pi comes pretty darned close!
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