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Retail price isn't exactly a "deal".
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Retail price isn't exactly a "deal".

In stock would be, but none in Denver still.

Don't forget power supplies with that coupon, you could probably do ok selling them on ebay. They are like $12 in-store but the cheapest I can find online is around $16+ shipped.
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It doesn't come with power supply? Need to waste money on power supply and microSD and Enclosure and some other stuffs. Cost total around $55. How is this "affordable"?
You can get Android box or Windows box for $60.
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It doesn't come with power supply? Need to waste money on power supply and microSD and Enclosure and some other stuffs. Cost total around $55. How is this "affordable"?
You can get Android box or Windows box for $60.
$50 for a USB power supply and a micro SD card? Where are you shopping? That stuff is maybe $10. If you don't have a ton on hand already.
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It doesn't come with power supply? Need to waste money on power supply and microSD and Enclosure and some other stuffs. Cost total around $55. How is this "affordable"?
You can get Android box or Windows box for $60.
Dude... it's 2016. Thanks to decades of dedicated and unpaid work of others for your benefit the operating system is free, all the software and applications, even full office suites the equivalent of which used to cost hundreds of dollars are free, the programming languages are free and thousands of tutorials to help you learn pretty much anything you want are free... and now, these folks are willing to sell you the basic hardware starting at FIVE DOLLARS... but you actually have a problem with that. You're complaining because even though it's designed to use the cheapest, most common consumer electronics available, stuff found in thrift stores and dumpster-diving, it doesn't ALSO include every accessory you might want for whatever it is that YOU want to do with it?

For five dollars?

Do you have any idea how that sounds?
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Dude... it's 2016. Thanks to decades of dedicated and unpaid work of others for your benefit the operating system is free, all the software and applications, even full office suites the equivalent of which used to cost hundreds of dollars are free, the programming languages are free and thousands of tutorials to help you learn pretty much anything you want are free... and now, these folks are willing to sell you the basic hardware starting at FIVE DOLLARS... but you actually have a problem with that. You're complaining because even though it's designed to use the cheapest, most common consumer electronics available, stuff found in thrift stores and dumpster-diving, it doesn't ALSO include every accessory you might want for whatever it is that YOU want to do with it?

For five dollars?

Do you have any idea how that sounds?
Five dollars?

Pibow case costs around $15. Why waste resources to create this piece of low-end hardware for $5.
If other stuffs cost x2 time?
Maybe those unpaid people should double check their priorities?
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Five dollars?

Pibow case costs around $15. Why waste resources to create this piece of low-end hardware for $5.
If other stuffs cost x2 time?
Maybe those unpaid people should double check their priorities?
This is close to the size of a stick of gum, a whole lot of people are going to use it for embedded applications that don't require it to be cased, or want to enclose it along with a USB hub or whatever, maybe in something really sophisticated and expensive like a plastic sandwich box from the grocery store. Charge them for a case they don't need, they'll complain they're being ripped off.

You include a small SD card, a lot of folks might want a larger SD card. Others with more savvy might realize that you can just boot off of the SD card and run the OS more reliably and faster off of a thumb drive, or might have an old hard drive lying around and be willing to splurge on a $6 USB 2.0 enclosure, they don't want to pay for an included larger SD card.

This is one of the most power-efficient devices to run Linux, so a lot of folks are going to have applications for it that run off of a battery, they're not going to want to have to pay for a USB phone charger and cable they don't need just because you do. Other folks are going to have drawers full of them lying around, they don't need more.

This thing is about as modular, flexible and cheap as humanly possible today. You're not arguing against this at all, you're complaining that because OTHER companies may be charging more than you like for THEIR particular accessories, stuff that other buyers might not want or need, that makes a $5 computer a bad deal, and it's somehow the fault of the people offering it to you... that bringing you a basic computer for the price of a Grande Latte or a spiral-bound notebook at a convenience store is REALLY a bad deal.

My heart bleeds for ya.

Maybe you should check your own priorities.
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It doesn't come with power supply? Need to waste money on power supply and microSD and Enclosure and some other stuffs. Cost total around $55. How is this "affordable"?
You can get Android box or Windows box for $60.
do you know the cost of a low end computer in 1995? plus the softwares cost back then ? damn we need time machines for folks like u to appreciate how much open source hardware and software have changed the Eco system.
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Is this even an intelligent conversation. Plus this is indeed retail price. Not a deal.
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Is this even an intelligent conversation. Plus this is indeed retail price. Not a deal.
These are selling like hotcakes for $35+ on ebay, good deal for resellers if they can find them. Usually the store limits 1 per customer though
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My 2 cents:

A power supply and a storage device to store the os on are NOT accessories, they are requirements. So yes, you have every right to complain. I suppose you can power it via the usb connection, but still.....

Retail price is NOT a deal. Anyone selling a new item above the msrp is a dirty scumbag scalper and we do not compare the price of an item to their prices. This isn't so much a deal but rather if you buy it above this price you are getting ripped off.

Objectively speaking the pi machines are some of the most expensive devices per computing power on the market. By the time you purchase everything to get it running, regardless of the model, it's around 50 bucks..... the same cost of a refurbished pc from arrow direct that is 10 times more powerful.

They are small though and don't consume a lot of power, so if you need the small form factor it's a great solution, otherwise, wise up and buy a pc. So I'm not knocking the product at all, it has it's uses, you simply can't justify the price.

The reason these are so popular is because the public at large is dumb. They see a really tiny, working pc and don't understand that it's about as powerful as a low-end pc made in 1998.
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I just don't understand how you don't have extra sd cards and 5v supplies lying around. If you have to go out and buy one, yes, that will raise your cost...about $10. $15 is not bad if it fits the computing power you need. Otherwise you're wasting space and electricity on a box you don't need.

Having said that, the $5 price isn't anything to write home about. This thread might have received less hate if it was phrased as a restock alert.
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[QUOTE=HowardC3018;85237459[/QUOTE]A power supply and a storage device to store the os on are NOT accessories, they are requirements. So yes, you have every right to complain. I suppose you can power it via the usb connection, but still..... [/quote]

All of the RPs are powered via micro-USB connectors. That's how they work. Someone who knew much of anything about them would know that much.
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The reason these are so popular is because the public at large is dumb.
They've sold over 8 million RPis so far, almost all at prices several times this, and sales are still accelerating. There are so many "dumb" people out there that pretty much every company that can is trying to push some "me too" Pi-esque board (usually "better", bigger and more expensive) and wondering why theirs don't sell, why they aren't getting any of the action. There are so many "dumb" people that it's actually changing the entire computer hardware industry and putting price pressure on every segment of it.

Good thing you're way too smart to see any potential.

So, if $5 is too much for what it is, what exactly would make it right? There's not much room left, these are pretty much disposable already. Maybe 25 cents from a gumball machine? Should they be paying customers to take them?

That "real cost" argument that keeps coming up.. maybe $5 should get you an HDMI monitor or an HDTV? A lot of people are going to need those to do anything with them. By this logic they should be included, if not with the $5 board then in the "real" cost. Effectively people are complaining that it costs at least twice as much to buy a mouse for it as the board costs.. which is the same as saying it costs half as much as a cheap mouse, but somehow that's just terrible.

Don't forget to factor in the cost of your desk or table.. and it needs a roof to protect it from the elements even if you splurge for a $6 case. Maybe we should also price the power plant supplying AC to it...

No, for $5 it's not going to be your main PC unless you're pretty desperate. That hardly makes it a bad deal. Seriously... it's $5. Almost everyone has thought of SOMETHING that they wanted a computer to do, but it was too expensive and wasteful in price and power to dedicate one to the task. Problem solved... for several million folks and counting.

Again, I'm astounded.. they're offering the core of a basic Linux machine for $5, and all you hear is complaints.. about the price. Absolutely amazing.
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