The "Give One Get One" idea has been mentioned a number of times. I was thinking about this yesterday and it occurred to me that there might be a good role for a corporate sponsor in this.
Here's what I've been thinking:
- The Raspberry Pi is an inexpensive device.
- Shipping and Handling/Post & Packing (S&H, or P&P) will be significant relative to the cost of the device.
- Finding a sponsor to cover the cost of S&H for Give One Get One purchases could provide a great incentive for purchasers to take part in that promotion.
If the Raspberry Pi costs £15/$25, and S&H is (say) £5/$8 for a total of £20/$33, then S&H is a significant part of the total. If the shipping were covered on a Give-One-Get-One deal at twice base price (£30/$50), the incremental cost to the purchaser for "giving one" is small. The sponsoring company (that covered the cost of the shipping) would look good, and the value of their donation would effectively be multiplied by 3 by the people taking advantage of the deal.
(Since the boards are so small/light the difference between shipping one and two boards will probably be tiny, so maybe there could be a "Give Two, Get Two, with faster shipping!" option, too).
Just a thought...