Raspberry Pi Model A Sells Out in a Day

Posted by · April 2, 2013 11:58 am

raspberry pi model aThe tiny but useful Raspberry Pi has been available for sale for one day in the United States and is already sold out.

The Model A went on sale March 31st through Allied Electronics, a retailer based in Texas. It’s smaller and cheaper than the more common Model B. The A features 256MB of RAM, on USB 2.0 port, HDMI, SD card, but lacks the Ethernet port. The smaller model could be more popular due to the fact that it requires one third of the power necessary for the Model B, which would be useful to the hobbyists that are buying them up.

According to TechCrunch, Allied only had about 70 units to offer in the first place. Somewhat of a nearsighted move considering founder Eben Upton’s claims that a few thousand a week are selling in Europe and Asia.

“Due to limited supply of the Raspberry Pi Model A, we are not offering preorders or backorders on the product at this time. The Raspberry Pi Model A will only be available for purchase when we have inventory on hand to fill the order. We regret this inconvenience and sincerely thank you for your patience,” declares the Allied order page for the Raspberry Pi Model A.

The Model A was available in Europe in February. If you’re dying to have the baby bear version of the Raspberry Pi sooner than later, ArsTechnica found a German electronics shop peddling them on eBay for $38.50, (plus who knows what shipping from Germany would cost you) a 54%+ increase in price for convenience

The higher-powered Model B is still available for $35, but may face the same fate soon. Allied’s page for the Model B notes that delivery time is uncertain and customers could be waiting more than six weeks for the arrival of their computer.

  • Imran Saeed

    doesn’t it looks like they are creating the shortage on purpose to maintain the hype around the product, why can’t they ramp up the production to fulfill the orders?

    • SirEdwardTrollington

      Agreed. I thought Sony was manufacturing the Model B to help with the likely intentional shortage. All the excuses Eben made for the supply chain issues last time around were supposedly addressed. Whatever, I am still happy with my two Model B units that I waited over 6 months for last year. I can hang on and wait for the Model A. No sense in helping fuel the silly hype. Although, I do have to wonder if the Model A has less issues with USB power.

  • evowimaxuser

    Buy them in the USA at Adafruit.com