Element14 CSR in Canada says they will not carry the Raspberry Pi Model A+

November 21st, 2014

I’ve been waiting patiently for Element14 to start selling the new Raspberry Pi Model A+

A couple of days ago, they posted an ad saying that it it is available in limited quantities – see image below:

Element 14 says they will sell Model A+ on line - but chat says no!

(click on image for 1080p version – here is the link to the page above)

I’ve been waiting as patiently as I could, as I really want to test it as I think it will be a great board for many of my projects, so this morning I contacted their customer service using their on-line chat.

Here is the start of my chat:


Ray: Hi, how can I help?

you: Introducing the Model A+ The least expensive, most compact single board computer.Limited quantities available!

you: when will I be able to order it?

you: an inactive link has been up for about three days now

you: http://canada.newark.com/raspberry-pi-accessories?rd=raspberry+pi&catalogId=15003&langId=1&storeId=10196

you: you can see it at the link above

Ray: we are not going to stock the model A+

you: Really? then why are you listing it as being available?

Ray: it is coming for our UK sister company

Ray: part 93X7446

 

I admit I complained to Ray about the situation, and asked for the email address to use for customer compaints (which is customerservice@newark.com)

I searched for the Model A+ by the part number Ray provided, and did find a listing page at

http://canada.newark.com/raspberry-pi/raspbrry-moda-256m/sbc-raspberry-pi-model-a-256mb/dp/93X7446?ost=93X7446

This page shows “Awaiting Deliver”, and stock & lead times shows

“Per the manufacturer, more stock expected week of 02/03/15″

Now this suggests a few possibilities:

1) the Raspberry Pi Foundation BADLY underestimated the demand for a $20 Model A+

2) Element14 in Canada is confused – web site says they will stock it, customer service representative says they will not stock it.

(This may mean that they will only make it available as a “direct ship” product from the UK – likely increasing costs for customers)

I’ll order a few from the UK or the states (assuming I can find some in stock somewhere) – but that means that I’ll end up paying FAR more than $20 each.

I strongly suspect the Model A+ will outsell the proverbial hotcakes…

Now I am off to search the web for a few to play with.

p.s.

I appreciated how Ray was trying to be helpful, and I know he is in a tough spot. Apparently I was not the only upset customer. Element14 should carry the A+ in Canada, after all they are “THE” official distributor.

I suspect they will be getting a LOT of complaints…

Update#1:

MCMElectronics now expects A+’s on Dec.13 … they keep pushing back the availability date.

http://www.mcmelectronics.com/product/83-16459


Banana Pro / Pi 7 inch LVDS LCD Module Review

November 20th, 2014

Today I have a review of the very nice 7″ 1024×600 LCD for the Banana Pi for you!

Banana Pi 7" LCD Review

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Article Index


Easy 1602 and 2004 LCD interfacing for the Rasperry Pi

November 11th, 2014

For “normal” computer use, you can’t beat large LCD monitors – and the Raspberry Pi comes with both an HDMI interface, and an LCD display connector, for which the Raspberry Pi foundation will be releasing LCD displays.

But what if you don’t need a large, colourful LCD display?

1602 LCD on Raspberry Pi @ http://Mikronauts.com

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Read the full article at http://www.mikronauts.com/raspberry-pi/raspberry-pi-1602-and-2004-lcd-interfacing/

Article Index:

  1. Introduction, Equipment Used, Connecting an LCD Module to the Raspberry Pi
  2. 1602 Character LCD Module, 2004 Character LCD Module, MikEzLCD.py library
  3. Using both 1602 and 2004 LCD Modules with the Raspberry Pi at the same time, Conclusion

Banana Pi / Pro 3.5″ TFT RGB LCD Review

November 4th, 2014

Lemaker is introducing a line of LCD displays (3.5″, 5.0″ and 7.0″) for its popular Banana Pi and upcoming Banana Pro single board computers, and today we are reviewing the 3.5″ module.

Banana Pi 3.5" LCD Review @ http://Mikronauts.com

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Article Index

  1. Introduction, Specifications, First Look
  2. Installing the flex cable, Installing the driver
  3. Display quality, Power Consumption, Price & Availability
  4. Conclusion

Pi Camera Adventures

November 2nd, 2014

The Raspberry Pi Camera has been around for a long time, unfortunately I have not previously had time to use mine.

I thought others may find the list list the resources I found to be the most useful so far for using the Pi Camera – so I started a blog page for Raspberry Pi Camera Adventures!

Raspberry Pi Camera @ http://Mikronauts.com

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For the full article, please click on the link below:

http://www.mikronauts.com/raspberry-pi/raspberry-pi-camera-adventures/