Geeks eager to grab a Raspberry Pi have been able to place an order for some time now, but buyers were only able to purchase a single unit and required registration for an invite to order. This has now changed so that businesses can purchase with their usual channels and order the volume they require.
Raspberry Pi has announced that two partners, RS Components (Allied Components in North America) and element14, are now taking orders for multiple units. Buyers can order as many units as they need, which is an important milestone. The previous one-unit-per-person limit made it difficult for businesses and non-profits to acquire as many units as they’d like.
Pricing for a Type B board is listed at $35 dollars on the Allied Components website and about £25 pounds on the RS Components website. However, orders are likely to total a fair bit more after the purchase of accessories (such as a flash card with the Raspberry Pi operating system or an enclosure) and pay for shipping.
The Raspberry Pi foundation has stated that over 4,000 boards are being produced per day. Despite that, RS Components is currently listing a lead time of 11 weeks. At the time of this writing, element14’s order process is overloaded and has been temporarily taken down.
It’s clear that the Raspberry Pi has been a hit and removing the quantity restriction will open them up to even more customers. Those wanting to buy one will have to be patient, however. It doesn’t look like order turnaround will improve any time soon.