Why Are Raspberry Pis So Expensive? (+Tips to get one cheap) | Raspberry tips (2023)

The Raspberry Pi company has slightly increased the price of their devices recently, but it doesn’t explain the excessive prices you currently see on some web stores. I will give you the official prices that you are supposed to pay and explain why it’s currently hard to find a Raspberry Pi in stock at these prices.

An increase in Raspberry Pi demands coupled with supply chain constraints following the pandemic explains why Raspberry Pi devices are currently hard to find at their normal price. Unofficial resellers have greatly increased their price as demand is still high.

With all of these concurrent issues, it might be hard to find a Raspberry Pi at a decent price currently. I will give you some tips to successfully get a Raspberry Pi as soon as possible. Let’s start by checking the real price of a Raspberry Pi, the one you should pay.

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Why are Raspberry Pi prices so high currently?

Raspberry Pi prices: 3 main reasons for the increase

There are three main reasons why Raspberry Pi devices are more expensive now than a few years ago:

  • Prices have been increased by the Raspberry Pi company. It doesn’t explain everything, but the official price for a Raspberry Pi has climbed up a bit. For example, a Raspberry Pi 4 with 2GB is now $45 vs $35 in 2021.
  • Demand increased. The Raspberry Pi is becoming more and more popular, which is a good thing but also adds some tension to the supply chain. Resellers seeing this increase in sales can be tempted to increase their price (and that’s what they did).
  • Supply chain constraints. Following major events in the world (pandemic, war, etc.), the supply chain has been exposed to many challenges. And as for any “smart” devices, getting chips has become harder than ever.

Resellers having Raspberry Pi in stock, seeing an increase in demands and slower shipments, have chosen to raise their price to a point where they can still sell them at nearly 3x the normal price.

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This is why you might find that Raspberry Pi devices are so expensive. However, you can still find them at their normal price. There is a huge difference between official retailers and the other ones (like Amazon sellers).

Official prices vs Amazon prices

The Raspberry Pi company has a partnership with a few resellers in each major country. These resellers must sell the devices at their official prices. They are generally much cheaper than what you can find on Amazon or with other various retailers.

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Due to the difficulty of finding Raspberry Pi in stock, some companies will sell you their stock up to 3 times their normal price on platforms like Amazon. You have a choice to make between getting a Raspberry Pi quickly or getting one at their normal price. But don’t say that Raspberry Pi are expensive, it’s no true.

Raspberry Pi official prices

Here are the official prices you should pay when you buy a Raspberry Pi computer:

Raspberry Pi modelOfficial price
Raspberry Pi 400 Kit$100
Raspberry Pi 4 (8GB)$75
Raspberry Pi 4 (4GB)$55
Raspberry Pi 4 (2 GB)$45
Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W$15
Raspberry Pi 3B+$35
Raspberry Pi 3A+$25

As you can see, Raspberry Pi devices are pretty cheap in theory. You can’t say that a Raspberry Pi is expensive. It might be the case currently on Amazon, but not with official resellers.

Keep in mind that a Raspberry Pi is one of the cheapest computers you can find on the market.

Why are Raspberry Pis out of stock everywhere?

The Raspberry Pi Foundation explained that even if they are increasing their production, they can’t keep up with the upwards trends in demand since the start of 2021. And the supply constraints on electronic components is not helping them to match up the speed.

Here is what Eben Upton was saying in April 2022 about this issue:

“Demand for Raspberry Pi products increased sharply from the start of 2021 onwards, and supply constraints have prevented us from flexing up to meet this demand, with the result that we now have significant order backlogs for almost all products.”

EBEN UPTON – Chief Executive, Raspberry Pi Trading

So, stock shortage and price volatility are currently the real issues for buyers. What can you do about it if you want to get a Raspberry Pi at the best price? Read the following sections to find out the tips I have for you.

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Where can I buy a Raspberry Pi in stock?

Raspberry Pi devices are still in production and there is no definitive stock shortage. There is just more demand than they can produce. My advice is to be patient, check the resellers’ websites often, and consider different Raspberry Pi models if possible.

Be patient

As with anything, when there is more demand than the supply available, you have to be patient. Raspberry Pi devices are selling more than ever. There are just more customers than devices available, if you are lucky, you can still get one.

To find the official resellers, you can visit this page, choose a product, and click on “Buy”.
You can then choose your country and see the approved resellers for your country:

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What you can do is to keep a bookmarks folder in your web browser, with all the direct links to the product pages. Check the pages regularly and you’ll hopefully find one in stock one day (and at the best price).

Try this tool

Another option is to use a tool to do this task for you. Instead of checking if there is one Raspberry Pi in stock every day, you can use rpilocator to list the ones currently in stock.

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It’s a free service that scans the sellers’ websites regularly and displays the current status on one page. This way, you can see which ones are available and order one if it’s the model you want. You can also subscribe to their Twitter or RSS alerts to be notified when something new is in stock.

Consider other models

Another method to get a Raspberry Pi quickly is to consider other models. There isn’t only one Raspberry Pi model, and some of them are easier to get than others. Raspberry Pi 4 are generally harder to get than Raspberry Pi 400 or Pico, so maybe you can try these instead.

A Raspberry Pi 400 is basically a Raspberry Pi 4 hidden in a Raspberry Pi keyboard (as explained there), so you can do the same thing with it. Especially if your goal is to use it for desktop usage or programming, it’s a great choice.

The Raspberry Pi 400 is in stock more often than other models, and even on Amazon, it’s not as expensive as the other options (check the current price and availability).

A Raspberry Pi 3 (A+ or B+) might be enough for some projects (read my comparison: 3B+ vs 4), and the Raspberry Pi Zero 2 W is excellent too (check my review here). So, don’t stay stuck with one model in mind, explore other options, and you’ll find a way to get started sooner.

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Raspberry Pi alternatives to consider

All computer brands have similar issues with the shortage in components. But some brands are less popular than Raspberry Pi, so you might be able to find decent alternatives in their products. Here are a few options.

Asus Tinker Board 2S

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Asus has a nice Raspberry Pi competitor, named the Tinker Board. Running on ARMv8 too, it supports Android and can do similar tasks than a Raspberry Pi. That might be a great option for some projects.

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You can also check for other brands that try to copy or even improve some Raspberry Pi models. It doesn’t mean it will be easier or cheaper to get, but it gives you other options.

Here are a few examples you can consider:

  • Rock Pi 4 – 4 GB: Looks like a Raspberry Pi 3B+, with more RAM and a quad-core ARM processor.
  • Banana Pi with M2 slot: 2GB, 2 USB ports but with a SATA port and a built-in 8GB eMMC.
    You can find my review of the Banana Pi M5 here if you are interested in it.
  • Odroid C4: Another alternative, very similar to the Rock Pi 4 (4 GB, ARMv8 64-bit, 4x USB, …).

These are not Raspberry Pi, and some projects, distributions, or apps might not be compatible. Make sure to do your own research before buying one.

CrowPi

The last option to consider is to buy a kit including a Raspberry Pi device in it. For example, I recently tested the CrowPi computer kit from ELECROW, and you can choose a version of their kit with a Raspberry Pi 4 included.

They still have stock for these versions, and I got one with my delivery, so I suppose you can still get one now. Obviously, this will be more expensive than buying the mainboard only, but you get all the great things I love in their kit.

That might be something to consider if you are just getting started and want to get all the hardware quickly. You can find my review here for more details about this kit.

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FAQs

Why are Raspberry Pi's so expensive now? ›

"Demand for Raspberry Pi products increased sharply from the start of 2021 onwards, and supply constraints have prevented us from flexing up to meet this demand, with the result that we now have significant order backlogs for almost all products.

Why are Raspberry Pis sold out everywhere? ›

The great Raspberry Pi shortage started at the beginning of 2021, due to a mismatch of supply and demand. Since then, eager makers have been forced to turn to the second-hand market, or exorbitantly overpriced examples from resellers on Amazon.

How is Raspberry Pi so cheap? ›

One word - QUANTITY. The more you make of something, the cheaper it is to make. It's not just that they sell a vast number of Raspberry Pis, but it's based on technology used in cell phones (a Broadcom SOC processor) that's manufactured in numbers ten or a hundred times greater than the Pi itself.

How much should I pay for a Raspberry Pi? ›

Due to the variety in features of each model, the cost also varies for each model. The average cost of all Raspberry Pi models lies between the range of $150 – $250. The Raspberry Pi 4B is the latest model which is available in three different RAM sizes (2GB, 4GB, and 8GB).

Will Raspberry Pi ever be back in stock? ›

Upton says Raspberry Pi enters 2023 with "much better visibility of our future silicon supply chain" than a year ago. He forecasted "with confidence" that after a lean Q1 2023, supplies in Q2 should recover to pre-pandemic levels. Supply will be "unlimited" in the second half of 2023.

Is Raspberry Pi overpriced? ›

You have a choice to make between getting a Raspberry Pi quickly or getting one at their normal price. But don't say that Raspberry Pi are expensive, it's no true.
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Here are the official prices you should pay when you buy a Raspberry Pi computer:
Raspberry Pi modelOfficial price
Raspberry Pi 400 Kit$100
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How long will Raspberry Pi shortage last? ›

Raspberry Pi enthusiasts, rejoice: around 100,000 RPi Zero W, 3A+, and 2GB/4GB RPi 4s are being distributed to resellers for holiday season consumer sales. Commercial and industrial customers, on the other hand, are being warned that substantial backlogs remain, and likely will through 2023.

What is causing Raspberry Pi shortage? ›

Since the Covid 19 pandemic and resulting chip shortage, the Raspberry Pi has often been hard to come by.

How long can you keep a Raspberry Pi running? ›

Yes, Raspberry Pi can handle 24/7 run time when used with proper linear power supply which must be regulated through DC adapter or any good quality battery supply. Components or other electronics parts won't get fried until and unless you provide wrong power supply or more voltage than recommended.

Is there a better alternative to Raspberry Pi? ›

Best Raspberry Pi alternative overall

The Asus Tinker Board features an excellent processor, and the 16GB eMMC speed offers enough power for most projects.

Does NASA use Raspberry Pi? ›

Landing on Mars

Engineers use pi to help estimate the amount of uncertainty in the position where a Mars lander or rover will touch down.

Is there a Raspberry Pi shortage? ›

Recent electronics shortages appear to be clearing up, as the Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced that they think stock issues will clear up in 2023. Stock for Raspberry Pi single-board computers has been scant at best since 2020.

Should I get 4GB or 8GB RAM Raspberry Pi? ›

As such, you won't notice a difference between the 2GB, 4GB, or 8GB models. Raspberry Pi uses such as retro gaming and media consumption won't see much of a performance gain with the additional RAM. Overall, the Pi 4 8GB can perform the same functions as its 4GB and 2GB siblings, albeit with more overhead.

Is a Raspberry Pi fast enough as a router? ›

If you want to run your own router at home, the Raspberry Pi 4 Model B 1 can be an excelent hardware choice: it's fairly cheap. it's fast enough.

Is 64GB enough for Raspberry Pi? ›

What’s the Largest Storage Size I Can Use in a Raspberry Pi 4? For the vast majority of projects, sticking to 32GB or below is best. You can use a 64GB SD card, but there’s a catch. Using a 64GB SD card requires formatting with the exFAT filesystem.

Will Pi ever reach the market? ›

While there isn't any Pi Coin price history, the release of the mainnet is now expected at some time in the first half of 2023 which is when we'll be able to buy/sell Pi and see how this new cryptocurrency performs on the open market. In summary: Pi Coin Launched in 2019.

Is there a Raspberry Pi shortage 2022? ›

Shortages for lots of tech components, including things like DDR5 and GPUs, have eased quite a bit since the beginning of 2022, and prices have managed to go down as availability improves. But that reprieve hasn't come for hobbyists hoping to get a Raspberry Pi, which remains as hard to buy today as it was a year ago.

Does PI have any future? ›

Is Pi Network a good investment? As of 26 October 2022, investors are still unable to trade Pi coins. If you expect the project to successfully launch an accessible cryptocurrency that does not price out everyday users, you could get involved in mining the coin.

What are the disadvantages of raspberry of Raspberry Pi? ›

Five Cons
  1. Not able to run Windows Operating system.
  2. Impractical as a Desktop Computer. ...
  3. Graphics Processor Missing. ...
  4. Missing eMMC Internal Storage. Since the raspberry pi doesn't have any internal storage it requires a micro SD card to work as an internal storage. ...
Mar 6, 2021

How much does it cost to run a Raspberry Pi for a year? ›

In other words: running a Raspberry under maximum load should cost no more than roughly 5 dollars per year.
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Cost to keep a Raspberry Pi running for one year.
ModelCost (Idle)Cost (High CPU load)
Raspberry Pi 2 B1,16 EUR / USD2,10 EUR / USD
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Jul 10, 2019

Is Raspberry Pi discontinued? ›

"RS Group has been an important partner for Raspberry Pi, manufacturing our products under licence since launch in February 2012. Our licence agreement with RS Group came to an end in June 2022, with the result that they no longer manufacture Raspberry Pi products.

How much does it cost to leave a Raspberry Pi 24 7? ›

In any case, this means 3.5W and running 24/7 it gives about 31 kWh of energy per year. The highest rate for electricity is about 15 cents per kWh. So the cost of running my Pi2 server + 2TB HDD is about $5 per year.

Will there be a Raspberry Pi 5? ›

That said, the supply chain shortage has impacted the normal cadence of Raspberry Pi releases, and according to Upton in an interview with Christopher Barnatt from Explaining Computers it means we sadly won't be seeing a Raspberry Pi 5 in 2023.

Can Raspberry Pi run Windows? ›

What if you wanted to run Windows on the Raspberry Pi? A cursory glance at Windows 11's system requirements show that it is simply too big to run on a Raspberry Pi. Incredibly, however, it can be done. Thanks to a tool called WoR-flasher, you can now install Windows 10 and 11 on a Raspberry Pi 4.

Are Raspberry Pis made in China? ›

The $25 Raspberry Pi computer was designed in the UK, but how it came to be built in China is an illustration of how global supply chains for technology have changed.

How hot is too hot for Raspberry Pi? ›

The default activation temperature is 80°C. The fan is designed for scenarios where the Raspberry Pi 4 has been overclocked and required to run for lengthy periods, which would produce extra waste heat. Once it reaches say 80°C, the Raspberry Pi 4 would normally throttle back CPU performance to reduce the temperature.

Do raspberry need to be refrigerated? ›

Keep them front and center in your refrigerator (between 32° and 34°F) where they'll be visible and easy to reach. This way, you'll use them before they have a chance to go bad. Do not store raspberries in the back of the refrigerator or in the crisper.

Can Raspberry Pi overheat? ›

A reported issue with Raspberry Pi can be overheating, with a resulting loss of performance, when the board is exposed to high temperatures. All electrical devices are qualified to a specific operating temperature range at which the device will work effectively.

Does Raspberry Pi run faster on SSD? ›

More Storage With Faster Performance

Booting your Raspberry Pi with an SSD is highly recommended as it is much faster and more reliable than a microSD card. You can use any external SSD available on the market. This includes M. 2, SATA, and NVMe/PCIe SSDs.

Is Banana Pi better than Raspberry Pi? ›

Banana pi provides an open-source hardware platform that was produced to run Elastos. org's open-source operating system. It is a dual-core Android 4.2 product that is better than Raspberry Pi.

What is the most powerful version of Raspberry Pi? ›

Raspberry Pi 400 is your complete personal computer, built into a compact keyboard. Featuring a quad-core 64-bit processor, 4GB of RAM, wireless networking, dual-display output, and 4K video playback, as well as a 40-pin GPIO header, it's the most powerful and easy-to-use Raspberry Pi computer yet.

Does the military use Raspberry Pi? ›

Meet the DuraCOR Pi, a Military-Grade Raspberry Pi Computer

You know, the manufacturer that's famous for supplying aircraft to the U.S. Armed Forces.

How many digits of pi does NASA use? ›

How Many Digits of Pi Does NASA Use? Let's see if the number of digits matters when you're calculating something vast, like a distance in space. For most calculations, NASA uses 15 digits: 3.141592653589793.

Do Mars rovers use Linux? ›

Previous NASA Mars rovers mostly used an operating system from Wind River Systems. But this time, the space agency chose Linux for Perseverance's Ingenuity helicopter drone.

Is there a shortage of black raspberries? ›

In 2020, rainfall damaged the crop while the fruit was flowering, so the price went up again. Graeter says the size of the black raspberry crop has been dwindling as older farmers retire, and others pull out the finicky berries in favor of more profitable crops like hazelnuts or blueberries.

Is the chip shortage affecting Raspberry Pi? ›

Raspberry Pi CEO Eben Upton has attributed this shortage to disruptions along the supply chain and the "significantly increased demand" for Pi models. Another reason why individual customers might not be able to buy Raspberry Pi models may be due to preference being given to commercial and industrial users.

Is there a raspberry fruit shortage? ›

"Yields of both summer and remontant raspberries have declined due to the cold spring of this year. The harvest shortage was at the level of 20-40%. There was also a crop failure in the world's major producers of raspberries - Serbia and Poland.

Why is the Raspberry Pi so popular? ›

Why Is It So Popular? The Raspberry Pi's popularity and ongoing success are due to its accessible price and incredible community. At $35, it has attracted a range of users from school children to professional programmers.

How expensive is the pi? ›

How much do private investigators cost? On average, private investigators charge $105 per hour. Most people pay between $99 and $150 per hour for private investigation services.

Why Raspberry Pi is not used in industry? ›

RPi boards lack USB header connectors, which makes it impossible to connect sensors, modems, etc. via USB connection. This forces developers to connect those peripherals via USB cable (not the recommended way, particularly not for industrial applications).

Will the chip shortage ever be resolved? ›

At a Glance. The semiconductor shortage won't end on a single date. Some companies are starting to see relief this year, while others may have to wait until 2024 or later. Softening demand is the fastest route to relief, and it's conceivable given the slowdown in the global economy.

Do raspberries last longer in mason jars? ›

I place all types of berries in mason jars unwashed as soon as I come home from the grocery store. Seal it tightly with the lid and stick the jar in the refrigerator. Then we just wash them as we need them. Berries will last well over a week.

Do raspberries last longer in a glass jar? ›

Storing berries wet invites mold, and you don't want that! Once they are as dry as possible, pile them into glass jars and seal the air-tight lids. Store these jars in the fridge and be amazed at how long your fruit stays fresh (compared to storing them in plastic).

Where does the US get most of its raspberries? ›

Production occurs across much of the country, although most of it is concentrated in California, Oregon and Washington. California leads the nation in both black and red raspberry production (NASS, 2021).

Why do people buy Raspberry Pis? ›

All over the world, people use the Raspberry Pi to learn programming skills, build hardware projects, do home automation, implement Kubernetes clusters and Edge computing, and even use them in industrial applications.

Why do people like raspberry pis? ›

It isn't fast enough for serious work, but what really makes the Pi special is its versatility. Linux software and exposed general-purpose input/output (GPIO) pins at the top of the board make it easy to hook up switches, sensors, and lights, so hobbyists can cheaply prototype crazy ideas.

How much is 1 pi in dollar? ›

$0.0036

What will be the value of pi in 2025? ›

It estimates the Pi coin's price would reach $1.53 in 2023, $1.57 in 2024, $1.61 in 2025 and $1.65 in 2026.

Is Pi ever worth getting something? ›

The only source we've found that has made a legitimate Pi coin price prediction is DigitalCoinPrice: they think Pi will hit $0.009 by the end of 2022 and reach $0.015 in 2025.

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