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Raspberry Pi fetches over the odds on Ebay

More stock coming to UK soon
Mon Apr 16 2012, 16:03

POCKET COMPUTER Raspberry Pi has started cropping up on Ebay, just days after a batch was shipped from RS Components.

Keen buyers can be seen snapping up the credit card sized PC for over £140 on the online auction web site, despite the device's sub £30 retail price. This doesn't come as much of a surprise though, as RS Components told The INQUIRER on Friday that it shipped just 700 Raspberry Pi units over the weekend, despite over 220,000 customers having registered to receive the device.

We spoke with Eben Upton, executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, who affirmed that demand for the device remains "very, very high". He said, "The demand for Raspberry Pi is in the many many tens of thousands - and there's only a few thousand that have shipped to date", before jesting about how much money people were making by selling the device on Ebay.

Upton added that he's expecting an update from the company's two distributors, RS Components and Premier Farnell, later on today, when he hopes to find out when Raspberry Pi units will begin shipping in the UK.

If all goes to plan this should be within the next week, Upton told us, which could save you from forking out way over the odds on Ebay. µ


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