Those who bought the recent issue of MagPi magazine were pleasantly surprised with the presence of the free Raspberry Pi Zero microcomputer with the issue. For those not in the know, the Raspberry Pi Zero is a small computer, about the size of a chewing gum pack, which began retailing for $5.
The offering was sold-out within 24 hours of it becoming available to tech aficionados. Well there were also those who got their hands on the MagPi magazine issue only to sell it on eBay for a price as high as $150.
As noted by International Business Times, Liz Upton, head of communications at the Raspberry Pi Foundation commenting on those selling the copy on eBay said, “We will continue to make Zeros for as long as you guys want them. It looks like demand will continue to outstrip supply for a while if yesterday’s rush is anything to go by, but we’re doing our very best to keep channels open, and we advise you not to buy from scalpers on eBay, because … karma.”
Eben Upton, founder of the foundation told Wired that he was surprised by the overwhelming response, even though previous offerings have always been quite popular. He said, “You’d think we’d be used to it by now, but we’re always amazed by the level of interest in new Raspberry Pi products. Right now, it appears that we’ve sold every individual Zero we made and most of the 10,000 MagPi issues with cover-mounted units; people are scouring the country for the last few Asda, Tesco, Sainsbury and Smiths branches that haven’t sold out.”
He also shared that the Zero is at par with the original Pi, which was launched three years ago. he said, “It is about as big a change as the original Raspberry Pi was. Really everything we’ve learned has been packed into this one device.”