kusti8 wrote:Well you can't blame them for trying to make money. A bare Pi0 gives literally no money for them.
Of course you can't blame someone for trying to run a for profit business and make a profit. But what we've seen is that the zero has margins so low that distribution balked on it and now resellers are left with schemes that some respond negatively to, meanwhile production limits are apparently necessitated due probably to the manufacturers not really taking their usual cut either.
I realise that the pi people have if not created but definitely stepped up the game for the idea of building into a price. It used to be that tech companies priced high to start out with knowing that they would be soon dumping the product perhaps even at a loss. This new pricing method hopes to sell at close to cost to start and then as production costs go down, profit is made. This seems to be how kickstarter projects at least hope to work as well.
I do think it is a mistake to not keep your distributors and your resellers happy. Had the zero been priced at $6 and required purchases of 10 at a time, perhaps other sources would be producing a flood of the devices.
The zero has the potential to completely change how consumer devices with dedicated computers in them are made. Instead of being locked out of something you own, as is the norm today with phones and routers and TVs and pretty much everything, and rapidly being left with no support and no updates, at the heart would be a pi that pretty much would be expected by buyers to be open and available for customisation and updates from the community. When this starts to happen, people could demand this sort of openness from their devices and then everyone would have to fall in line, it's about time.
So, naturally given the potential here, I'm a bit impatient but so are many people for various reasons, including that they want to actually use the things in their homebrew whatevers.