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.