I know it is said to be $5 but when I looked at MCM and Element14, it was listed as $13. What is the actual price before shipping.

  • Which country do you want to order from? Also a link would help
    – Wilf
    Commented Nov 26, 2015 at 18:38
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    I notice that Adafuit had it on for $5 right away -- or at least when I first checked, at which point they were sold out (except for bundled packages).
    – goldilocks
    Commented Nov 30, 2015 at 19:39

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They may have up the price because they are out of stock elsewhere, so they make more money. It should retail at £4/$5 (source) for the board on its own.

However various packs are available which include a accessories kit (USB and HDMI cables) and/or a microSD card, which will up the price to almost 20.

Links to official suppliers are in the release blogpost (example).


Strangely even as a UK customer of one of the Official Suppliers, CPC, the consumer arm of Farnell, are only listing a Raspbery Pi Zero and Cable Bundle Sorry - Farnell links to "Zero" product died within a few days! - at the time of writing they are "awaiting delivery" - for £10.54 excluding V.A.T {12.648 inclusive} for 1-49 off and no sign of a bare unit. By my approximate calculations the headline $5 figure works out to around £3.33 so the cables are significantly more than the base unit. In the UK their web-order postage is now only free for orders over £5.00 excluding V.A.T. (was no minimum limit over the Summer) *sigh*

EDIT: A response from CPC:

The board needs certain adaptors in order to be used, we have made a decision to only sell this with the adaptors.

Our price for the bundle is broadly comparable with that being offered by the Pi Store and other resellers.

IMHO That is a bit off, it seems to my, possibly warped view(?): "you can have the product at the quoted price - but only if you buy these extra bits which we will include as well". Fair enough that you will probably want those connectors, but by not giving us the choice I feel they have broken some sort of agreement, but that is possibly starting to stray into the realms of controversy...

  • Isn't it illegal for them to only sell it packaged with something else? Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 16:28
  • I think illegal is far too strong to use for this, but certainly I'd entertain unwelcome and possibly not in accordance with the wishes of the Federation - but then IANAL, I just think that "rain is wet - so who am I to say?"
    – SlySven
    Commented Dec 9, 2015 at 17:32

Microcenter has the Pi Zero for the official $5 price, but limited to one per transaction. If you want to buy more than one, it will cost you $10 each. I'm guessing that this is to keep the initial demand manageable.

Of course, this only helps if you live near Microcenter, because they are selling the Pi Zero in-store only.

  • @PatrickCook I see on your StackExchange profile that you are in Kansas - there is a Microcenter in the Kansas City/Overland Park area. I don't know where in Kansas you are though.
    – Moshe Katz
    Commented Nov 27, 2015 at 19:35

Here are some real world examples, to give you real world pricing:

Microcenter had a SNAFU and I got one for free: I had preordered, the particular shipment was delayed, and then they gave me the Pi Zero for free. Though, it turns out that the delay was nonexistent, because I picked it up that day anyways.

The MagPi sells for $15 in the US, and includes a Pi Zero with the magazine. i got one the other day at Microcenter. It was the last one they had though.


Actually the magazines Magpi and the raspberry pi zero are out of stock in the official store, so the price may rise for a few days, maybe weeks. I suggest you to wait, but i think final price will be 5 bucks, with free shipping on ebay

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