Buying RPi

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Price & Payment

Although the foundation is UK based, the guide price of the units are in USD since the RPi components are sold in USD$.

The expected price is $25USD (~£16GBP) for model A, and $35USD (~£23GBP) for model B.

Items will be subject to local Tax (i.e. UK will have 20% VAT added) and shipping cost is not included. --needs to be confirmed

Shipping & Importing

Raspberry Pi will ship worldwide to the best of their ability (ie subject to UK export and local import laws).

Shipping prices are calculated within the shop, using a built-in Royal Mail Shipping calculator within the "Shopping Cart".

Example (approximate subject to change) shipping prices:

  • Domestic UK Shipping ~£1.90GPB
  • US/Canada (Worldwide?) Shipping ~$3.30USD
  • Europe Shipping ~2.90EURO

Countries that may block the import due to their local laws include China (products imported or re-imported into China require a CCC certificate).

This author is unaware if development boards such as the Raspberry Pi require a CCC certificate. Countries that are currently subject to UK (including EU and UN) export restrictions include North Korea, Iran, Ivory Coast, Liberia and Zimbabwe. A full list and further details are provided at [1]

More information will be provided when it is available.

1st Production Run & Release

  1. The foundation are building an initial run of 10,000 Model-B units.
  2. Announced: 10th Jan 2012[1] (estimated build time of 3-5weeks)
  3. Indications are that the units will be sold directly from the shop.
  4. A limit of one unit per an address (demand depends how long this will be enforced)
  5. Following production runs should take place quickly after.

Distribution & Official Resellers

Raspberry Pi devices will ship from the UK (and possibly US) and Raspberry Pi will be looking to sign up distribution partners in due course.

There are NO authorised distributors or resellers of RPi units, so the only place you will be able to buy a RPi is from the official shop or possibly any which are resold independently on eBay.

Therefore, if you see the units for sale, it is likely that they are at BEST hopeful resellers, or SCAM sites, either way units will not be available any sooner through other channels.

Clones & Copies

The foundation plans to release all the required schematics and plans to reproduce the RPi hardware, so clones and copies will be welcome.

However, since the unit is built around the Broadcom SoC, the interested party will require suitable sized orders to obtain them. The foundation were fortunate enough to be supported in this aspect by Broadcom to enable the project to be feasible.