Phabeon
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Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:27 am

Hello All,

now that the supply has caught up with the demand and these are more obtainable and more widely available I want IN!!

I am looking at the Rev B version

I would like to know the best place for purchasing a PI in the USA?

Does anyone offer it with FREE SHIPPING?

How much does the PI weigh?

Most of these websites are not very user friendly, i.e no free shipping for one, and then for shipping it gives you a gazillion options and then it bases it off weight.. how would a customer know all that?

I want to buy this yesterday, PLEASE let me know what you all think!!


Thank you IN Advance!

I just hunger to learn LINUX and thats why I want this!

oNe

jazzy
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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Thu Apr 25, 2013 12:47 am

try adafruit.com thats where i got mine.

http://www.adafruit.com/category/105

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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:46 am

These are the only official distributors.
If you get them from anywhere else they were bought by one of these and resold.. usually a package deal with other cheap items to pad the cost.

http://www.newark.com/jsp/home/homepage.jsp
-or-
http://www.alliedelec.com/lp/120626raso/
-or-
EU only
http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisp ... aspberrypi
-or
Asia markets only
http://mall.egoman.com.cn/index.php?opt ... Itemid=218
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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:45 am

I have been buying mine from MCM Electronics (an official Element 14 partner to add to the list above) and I have been very satisfied. Orders over $199 ship free, so find half a dozen others nearby who each want a Model B, substitute some Model A boards, or buy some other parts and peripherals and you're in. Here's a direct link to the Model B page:

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/83-14421

and here's the Model A:

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/83-14633

Enjoy!
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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Thu Apr 25, 2013 2:52 am

klricks wrote:These are the only official distributors.
If you get them from anywhere else they were bought by one of these and resold.. usually a package deal with other cheap items to pad the cost.

http://www.newark.com/jsp/home/homepage.jsp
-or-
http://www.alliedelec.com/lp/120626raso/
-or-
EU only
http://uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisp ... aspberrypi
-or
Asia markets only
http://mall.egoman.com.cn/index.php?opt ... Itemid=218

I really need to find someone in Asia, to hook me up with a red one.

Phabeon
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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:09 am

$10 for something that weighs less than a 1/4lb, GROUND SHIPPING at that? OUTRAGEOUS!!!

What am I missing? Basically a Pi is about $45 then...

What did u all pay for shipping?

This $45 pi is killing me..


Might as well order from England..

oNe

P.s. how can a US person get the RED pi?

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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Thu Apr 25, 2013 4:18 am

I order mine from Newark. I don't recall paying $10 for shipping but all these electronics suppliers in the US charge too much to ship and take too long to get the product out the door.

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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Thu Apr 25, 2013 1:35 pm

Phabeon wrote:$10 for something that weighs less than a 1/4lb, GROUND SHIPPING at that? OUTRAGEOUS!!!

What am I missing? Basically a Pi is about $45 then...

What did u all pay for shipping?

This $45 pi is killing me..


Might as well order from England..

oNe

P.s. how can a US person get the RED pi?

Red Pi here just $49.95 and only $7 shipping.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Raspberry-Pi-Mo ... 338146e623

The RPi is not like other consumer items. They are sold at a well publicized, fixed price of $25 (model A) or $35 (model B) and only available from certain distributors. I suspect that the distributors are not getting much of a cut out of that? There may not be volume discounts as well? So there is no room to raise the price to cover free shipping like is done for most other consumer items.

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.

Sometimes Newark has free shipping specials on orders over $100 so watch for that.
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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Thu Apr 25, 2013 7:11 pm

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 :lol:
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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:15 am

Jim Manley wrote:
klricks wrote: 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 :lol:
hmmm, so what your saying is that I need a credit card? I am 33 years old and have 0 credit history(found that out the hard way when mortgage loan proved DIFFICULT) because of my GHOST credit history... Didn't tell them it was my foolish(when I was younger) parania that kept me from getting in the system, little did I know how that would come to hurt me later in life.. shoot my phone is still in my mothers name...


K, looks like I have to do this the hard way.... let me call them all up

keep ya posted!

oNe

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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Fri Apr 26, 2013 12:28 am

k, so it seems the top 3 places to get a PI in the us is still the same 3 from 2012...

Newark
Allied
MCM

I called them each up and got shipping quotes from each for a single order of a Raspberry Pi Model B to Chicago, IL

Newark = $6-9 (depending on your zip i.e. where you live)
Allied = $6.34 - 9.84 (depending on residential v/s commercial and your zip)
MCM = $10.49 (flat rate, does not depend on your zip)

So there you have it..

$35 my foot, its more like $45 for a PI, thats my take and I won't change it! WINK!


oNe

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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:24 am

Phabeon wrote: $35 my foot, its more like $45 for a PI, thats my take and I won't change it! WINK!
I bet the ads in your local newspaper list prices of things without adding the sales tax. Same issue. The price of goods is $35. Paying the guy to package it up (and paying for the packaging itself), typing your label and sticking it on, chucking it in the right outgoing bin, followed by the the fuel for the trucks, pay for the drivers, tolls for any toll roads and bridges, keeping the trucks licensed and with decent tires, paying the drivers boss all the way up the line... That's the stuff those "shipping and handling" charges cover.

If you travel to MCM and pick it up in person, it'd be $35 plus whatever their local sales taxes are--most likely no more than $3. (And note that the Congresscritters have voted to make people like MCM collect *your* local sales tax when you order from them even if they don't operate in your state....so get your Pi before that gets added in as well.)

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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Fri Apr 26, 2013 7:37 pm

W. H. Heydt wrote:
Phabeon wrote: $35 my foot, its more like $45 for a PI, thats my take and I won't change it! WINK!
I bet the ads in your local newspaper list prices of things without adding the sales tax. Same issue.
correct.. BUT they have usually always have a TINY disclaimer stating Plus sales tax.

W. H. Heydt wrote:
Phabeon wrote: $35 my foot, its more like $45 for a PI, thats my take and I won't change it! WINK!
I bet the ads in your local newspaper list prices of things without adding the sales tax. Same issue. The price of goods is $35. Paying the guy to package it up (and paying for the packaging itself), typing your label and sticking it on, chucking it in the right outgoing bin, followed by the the fuel for the trucks, pay for the drivers, tolls for any toll roads and bridges, keeping the trucks licensed and with decent tires, paying the drivers boss all the way up the line... That's the stuff those "shipping and handling" charges cover.

If you travel to MCM and pick it up in person, it'd be $35 plus whatever their local sales taxes are--most likely no more than $3. (And note that the Congresscritters have voted to make people like MCM collect *your* local sales tax when you order from them even if they don't operate in your state....so get your Pi before that gets added in as well.)
DONE!!!

I paid more for the PI($40 v/s $35), but even with the shipping charges it was cheaper than buying it from the above 3..


oNe

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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Sat Apr 27, 2013 1:55 am

Microcenter carries them. $40 vs $35. And i was away on business and picked one up at Gateway Electronics in st louis for the same.

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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Thu May 02, 2013 1:30 pm

We thought we'd stop in and say we're offering $5 shipping on UPS Ground shipping for the continental US for web orders. It's good through Sunday, May 5th. No source code necessary.

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/content/e ... spberry-pi
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Re: Best Place To Buy a PI in USA 2013?

Wed Jul 10, 2013 4:48 pm

We specialize in the Raspberry Pi and related accessories, check out our store: http://www.chicagodist.com

For just the board, it is $39.99 + $4.00 shipping. Naturally we offer all the accessories to get your Pi working as well, and we also sell complete systems.

Thank you for your consideration!

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