While Raspberry Pi Foundation provides a fixed price for their single board computers before taxes and shipping, the street price may be different, and I’ve seen several reports on Twitter of the Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB RAM now selling for over $100 due to the lack of supplies. The problem seems especially pronounced in Europe with some users reporting a price close to 120 Euros, instead of the usual 50 to 60 price range.
Geizhals price comparison website did even show the Raspberry Pi 4 with 8GB RAM selling for up to 149.99 Euros (About $170) just last week, but prices have now gone down to just around 100 Euros, clearly a steal!
The price for Raspberry Pi 4 with 4GB RAM has also gone down, but it is still at 89.90 Euros according to the Heise’s price comparison website.
This is probably a regional pricing issue, but the whole world is impacted by the lack of supply. Here in Thailand, I often read complaints about the availability of the Raspberry Pi board or lack thereof. Hopefully, this will not take another year to get resolved. The current picture on the rpilocator website is not pretty as most items are out of stock, and only three stores have stock of CM4 (2GB RAM, No MMC, No Wifi) or/and Raspberry Pi 4 with 1GB RAM.
It should be noted that Raspberry Pi boards are not the only low-cost single board computers, and you’ll find alternatives such as Hardkernel ODROID-C4, Orange Pi 4, Pine64 RockPro64, FriendlyELEC NanoPi M4V2, RockPi 4, Khadas VIM3, and others that are relatively well supported, although having a technical background might help with resolving issues.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.