dealsraspberry pi micro computer for $55.00

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Apparently, there is a coupon code for free shipping, today only!

Note that the extra $20 is a handling cost, not shipping. Boo.

Code: FEB29FF

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They are adding a $20.00 "handling cost". Like "Additional Dealer Markup" at when you buy a car in high demand.

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@wilfbrim: Actually, no. It's a 'we have to ship these things from our UK warehouses' charge. Admittedly, $20 is a bit steep, but it's still a helluva deal for a robust little computer. Also, with this much interest, they'll likely make them a regular stock item here in the US.

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Just placed my order, nothing about a handling cost during the order, nor on my invoice. Invoice shows $35 with $0.00 handling, $0.00 shipping, and $0.00 tax. Maybe it's because I have a business account with Newark?

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Just a question for those with more knowledge of this system. Is this for the board only? Is there going to be a custom case manufactured for it? Or is this a do-it-yourself kind of system?

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$20 fee is per order, just ordered two for $90, shipping date estimated at 05/10/2012!

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In for one. I entered the code, and only got charged $35. My receipt email reads as follows:

Merchandise Total : 35.00
Handling Fee : 0.00
Tax : 0.00
Shipping : 0.00
Total : $35.00

Also, here's a video with a brief explanation/demonstration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BbufUp_HNs

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I ordered mine too, 35$ , no handling fee. they'll ship it on 30th march

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anyone knows whats the backorder thing during the checkout?

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@jyhons2: At this point, it's a board only. They don't even include power supply cables (micro USB, so easy there).

The version they will be offering later in the year (probably fall) will be a 'all in one' system, with case, cables, the works. This is just for the experimenters.

Me, I plan to put it either in a deck of cards, or an old NES cartridge...

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@alimoosavi15: They don't have any right now. This is a preorder for when they ship on next month.

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is it possible that their next shipment from china will be the last one? cuz it seems this is just a test drive for developers before they produce the boxed version which will be at higher price or maybe there wont be a public sale cuz their goal seems to be teaching the "children"!!
what do you think?

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@jelbo: Hate to tell ya buddy, but everyone can only order one. You will be getting a email here soon saying that they can only sell you one.

I have heard a few other stories of this being the case.

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@alimoosavi15: No need to be paranoid. The boxed one will be the cheaper version, the $25 RasPi A. It lacks a 10/100 port and only has one USB port, but is otherwise the same kit. They will still be selling the RasPi B, with and without cases, with and without accessories... They're very much into the DIY/Maker mindset, here.

Once the rush dies down, they'll switch back to their dynamic website, and you can read more.

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The order confirmation page says: "Taxes and shipping costs are not available at this time. They will appear on your invoice."

So in other words, you may or may not get charged $20, and we won't tell you until AFTER you confirm the order.

Hey guys, that is pure BS! Every other internet vendor can tell you up front what your TOTAL cost will be.

I cancelled my order just on general principles. I'll be more than happy to give my money to someone else.

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What is the point of this? Is it an educational aid?

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@crowbite: Have you never ordered from a even slightly small store or another country entirely? The majority of online stores don't provide shipping costs automatically. Pretty much only mega stores and stores with easy to price shipping (record stores, book stores, etc.) have it figured out ahead of time. Stores that are automated to increase shipping prices as item count goes up are ripping you off majorly.

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The point of this is that it is a full capability linux SOC, 1080p hdmi and usb, and wireless usb computer that is smaller than a soda can and costs about the same as a case of that same brain rot that you are drinking. Can you imagine HTPC, that doesn't make all kinds of noise and heat, or a security system server that you can be hidden in a wall or bathroom cabinet. Sorry if I am being snarky but this has been advertised for almost a year, and is highly anticipated by the geek crowd.

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@breaddrink: In theory it is meant to provide cheap computing to people around the world who can't afford a PC, but who benefit from it most.

In practice it will more likely be a stepping stone to that goal. Perhaps inspire a company with the available resources to follow in their footsteps and develop a cheap computer.

For the majority of people who want them, it will probably be more used for personal projects/experimenting

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I was able to place an order at 4:50am on March 1st and the code still worked (received my confirmation e-mail). Now I just hope I don't get an e-mail telling me that they will not be able to fulfill the order (for whatever reason). I am interested in this as a 'green' way to run a program 24/7. Apparently, this model uses 3.5 watts (at 5 volts) of electricity. Basically the same as a usb device, in fact it is powered via a usb port, or USB charger, such as an ipod charger. I just hope it runs a linux with a GPU interface, I so, don't want to have to do everything at a code prompt.

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Just got another e-mail, still showing a total cost of $35.00. HOWEVER it states that the ship date is expected to be 05/11/2012.

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In for one.... just $35 total billing. :) Can't wait to hook this thing up!

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$35 and done, no shipping or handling!

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@botbry: mmmm I hope not, Actually I got the invoice for two boards. It seems that orders for May are not limited, just the ones marked for March shipping.

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I'm not so sure the total will be only $35. Notice that it says at the bottom of the invoice "Order Total (excl. tax and shipping): $35.00". I imagine we'll be charged shipping and tax later on.

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On the review order page, it says:

Your tax and shipping charges are currently not available. These charges should appear on your order confirmation email and/or invoice.

I feel uncomfortable ordering without knowing the actual charges upfront.

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@crowbite: There's also stores like McMaster, which is a pretty huge retailer, that don't actually give shipping charges until after an item's shipped. Often times I don't find out how much shipping cost me until after it's already arrived.

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@mikeami: People is working on a Fedora distro for the raspberry, it will be available soon. Also XBMC is a work in progress for media.

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On the site, it says the code expires March 2.

Mine says 5/11 for estimated shipping date despite saying 4/3 when I ordered.

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Ordered one, online assistance said the free shipping code was for orders over $100 only... Then got the May ship date once order was confirmed. I ain't gonna cry!

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How can you have an order of over $100.00 if you are limited to just one?