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Buying a Raspberry Pi is going to get easier

Distributors will offer the tiny computer on their online ordering systems
Thu Jul 05 2012, 16:03

THE UK DISTRIBUTORS of the Raspberry Pi will switch to a normal ordering process, which will make it faster and easier for punters to buy the small low-cost computer.

The INQUIRER has heard that RS Electronics and Premier Farnell, the two companies distributing the Raspberry Pi, will soon announce that they will start using their standard online ordering systems for customers who want to buy the £25 computer.

Raspberry Pi and Oyster travel card

Until now, demand for the Raspberry Pi has outstripped the available supply to such an extent that both distributors have had to use a two-stage procedure in which prospective buyers register their interest and are put into a queue to be offered the chance to buy one at a later date.

Raspberry Pi orders had already topped 350,000 by the middle of April and showed no sign of slacking off, but it appears that supply might finally be catching up with demand.

The INQUIRER reviewed the Raspberry Pi last month and was impressed by the device, calling it a "miniature marvel that shows just how small and cheap you can make a working computer".

Eben Upton, founder and executive director of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, was also the most recent industry figure to feature in an interview at our sister online IT publication V3. µ


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