The Raspberry Pi foundation made waves when it announced the $5 (about RM20) Raspberry Pi Zero on Friday. The prospect of such a cheap computer looked to be too much to resist, and the stocks of the device were emptied within 24 hours. In addition to this, every copy of MagPi magazine – which included a Raspberry Pi Zero – was also sold within the same time period.
Some 20,000 units of the Raspberry Pi Zero have been sold; which includes 10,000 copies that were mounted on the cover of MagPi magazine. There are reports of people scouring stores for the few remaining copies of MagPi, and the foundation has even set up a site to help enthusiasts track down the few remaining issues in the wild.
Unfortunately, scalpers have been doing their thing as well. Units of the Raspberry Pi Zero have been appearing on eBay. Copies of MagPi magazine that carry the device are being sold for as much as $150 (about RM640).
Eben Upton, founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation, says that the group is building the computers as fast as they can to meet demand; and that people should not give these opportunists their money. It is unknown how long it will take to restock the Raspberry Pi Zero, but it is likely that it will take several weeks for production to catch up.