I am new with Raspberry Pi... Since I wanted to buy one piece of raspberry pi, on the website I found (RS online) that there are 2 possibilities:

  • Buy your RPi 3 model for business use

  • Buy your RPi 3 model for personal use

I would like to know what is the difference?

I am doing one project, and at first I want to use it personally as a server for my app, but I don't know now if I will make some $ with it or not.....

As I understood the boards are same, the RPi for business and personal are the same boards, so I am confused....

Is there some licensing stuff then going on, or some restrictions?


  • Hello and welcome. Could you please name the vendor you've checked? Maybe that helps in guessing some answers.
    – Ghanima
    Mar 23, 2016 at 22:11
  • Hi!, yea sure. here is the link -> uk.rs-online.com/web/generalDisplay.html?id=raspberrypi
    – user155293
    Mar 23, 2016 at 22:12
  • As you can see, there are 2 options... I really don't know what is the difference... and as I mentioned., I don't know what will be with this project, if I will make some $ or not in the future ...
    – user155293
    Mar 23, 2016 at 22:13
  • Click both and you will learn ;)
    – Ghanima
    Mar 23, 2016 at 22:13
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    The thing is that RS will sell only to business customers. If you click home use, you'll get a direction to other resellers.
    – Ghanima
    Mar 23, 2016 at 22:14

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The thing is that RS will sell only to business customers. If you click home use, you'll get a direction to other resellers that sell to consumers too. Unless you convince RS that you are a business customer (providing a VAT number) there'll be no deal.

RS's authorised resellers for Raspberry Pi

The below companies are selected by RS Components as authorised resellers for Raspberry Pi products.

Consumer customers, those without VAT numbers, are requested to purchase via the below listed resellers.

That's also part of RS' general Terms & Conditions of Sale:

RS is a business-to-business supplier. The RS website is intended for use by business customers and not by consumers or private individuals.

  • Tnx! one more question. So there is no restriction on how I will use this hardware, or if I will have some economic income or not?
    – user155293
    Mar 23, 2016 at 22:24
  • At least not that I know of (but I am no lawyer). But it's worth pointing out that the Pi's primary use case is educational so check thoroughly if it meets your business needs.
    – Ghanima
    Mar 23, 2016 at 22:29
  • I mean before I buy servers for the business needs, I wanted to know it it works or not.... with this solution I can check without the need to spend much money...
    – user155293
    Mar 23, 2016 at 22:35
  • You can buy from RS as an individual if you want. Nothing stopping you from registering, and buying what you like. You don't need to provide a VAT number, or anything else to prove you are a business. Note the prices on RS exclude VAT, so you will need to add that on.
    – vclaw
    Mar 24, 2016 at 1:34
  • It is not about legal/licensing and more about RS's choice of distribution. They don't want to be dealing with a vast amount of single purchase orders/claims and are more interested in dealing with bulk purchases. If you click business you will notice pricing for multiple lots listed and discounts as as the lot numbers add up. Businesses that buy in bulk or are repeat purchasers are their target customer. As @vclaw mentioned they will still possibly sale to you, but you are not their target customer. Don't expect consumer level customer service as well.
    – Bacon Brad
    Mar 24, 2016 at 5:25

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