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posted by janrinok on Wednesday May 24 2023, @02:31AM   Printer-friendly
from the it's-almost-over dept.

https://www.howtogeek.com/894161/the-great-raspberry-pi-shortage-might-be-coming-to-an-end/

According to Raspberry Pi CEO, Eben Upton, in an interview with YouTuber Jeff Geerling, the company put together 750,000 Raspberry Pi units in the first quarter of the year. That isn't a lot, but it also says that it's on track for building 2 million units this second quarter, helping it fill backlogged orders and paving the way for "unconstrained" supply during the remaining half of the year. Ultimately though, it means that you should expect units such as the Raspberry Pi 4 to be more widely available by the end of this year.


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  • (Score: 2) by theluggage on Wednesday May 24 2023, @10:31AM (5 children)

    by theluggage (1797) on Wednesday May 24 2023, @10:31AM (#1307867)

    The "capitalism sucks" solution would be (/would have been) to increase the MSRP to reflect the shortage in supply and regulate demand (increasing supply would be better, but that wasn't possible). Scalpers can only scalp if something is being sold for less than the market will bear. They could always offer discounts on direct sales to genuine customers.

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  • (Score: 2) by Ingar on Wednesday May 24 2023, @10:41AM

    by Ingar (801) on Wednesday May 24 2023, @10:41AM (#1307869) Homepage Journal

    That's not "Capitalism" but "Free market".

  • (Score: 2) by Opportunist on Wednesday May 24 2023, @03:59PM (2 children)

    by Opportunist (5545) on Wednesday May 24 2023, @03:59PM (#1307939)

    While nice in theory, it would most certainly utterly destroy the market for Pi forever.

    One key reason why there is this shortage of Pis is that the Raspberry foundation gives preferential treatment to commercial implementers. Which makes sense from their point of view, no matter how much it may piss off the hobbyists, because that market is far more mobile and far less willing to pay triple or more for their goods from scalpers. If they don't get what they want at MSRP, they can far more easily migrate to another platform than the hobbyist who can often only just clone a github project, compile it and hope for the best because migrating is already beyond their capabilities.

    But if they sell to commercial customers at MSRP prices and to hobbyists at the scalper prices, not only will hobbyists get VERY pissed, the commercial customers will simply shut down their production and join the scalpers. And then RPi is done for.

    • (Score: 2) by Immerman on Wednesday May 24 2023, @06:36PM

      by Immerman (3985) on Wednesday May 24 2023, @06:36PM (#1307984)

      > the commercial customers will simply shut down their production and join the scalpers.

      Why would you expect them to do that? The market price is already ridiculous, having the OEM get in on the scalping wouldn't significantly change the market landscape.

    • (Score: 2) by theluggage on Thursday May 25 2023, @05:17PM

      by theluggage (1797) on Thursday May 25 2023, @05:17PM (#1308143)

      But if they sell to commercial customers at MSRP prices and to hobbyists at the scalper prices, not only will hobbyists get VERY pissed, the commercial customers will simply shut down their production and join the scalpers. And then RPi is done for.

      Hobbyists are paying scalper prices to shady suppliers anyway (or going without) and would probably be less pissed at paying the the Pi makers via reputable dealers. Commercial customers have invested in products & services built around the Pi and would be suicidal to join the scalpers - plus, they're buying on business-to-business contracts which, unlike retail sales, can have "not for resale" clauses added.

  • (Score: 2) by sjames on Wednesday May 24 2023, @07:16PM

    by sjames (2882) on Wednesday May 24 2023, @07:16PM (#1307996) Journal

    Hopefully the availability will expand fast enough for the market to give the scalpers a richly deserved spanking and force them to hold a fire sale.