There is no easy way to say this to everyone thats placed an order from 11/29/21 through today, we are unable to fulfill orders. We were not expecting the semiconductor shortage to hit the SBC world so suddenly. If you are in the market for a Raspberry Pi I am sure you have been scouring the internet to only find the Pi Zero board and the 4GB/8GB RAM Pi 4’s in stock. Unfortunately for our builds we utilize the Pi 3 and 3 b+.
We could easily use any of the Pi 4 models , but we have decided to only switch to this higher end board after speaking with our customers individually since there would be a price increase. If you placed an order between the dates listed above you have already been refunded your payment and we are working to contact each of our customers to explain the situation and see if we can address this in a timely manner.
This comes already after a price hike of $10 from the Raspberry Pi foundation earlier this year. As Ebeb Upton from the RPi foundation wrote:
As many of you know, global supply chains are in a state of flux as we (hopefully) emerge from the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. In our own industry, semiconductors are in high demand, and in short supply: the upsurge of demand for electronic products for home working and entertainment during the pandemic has descended into panic buying, as companies try to secure the components that they need to build their products.https://www.raspberrypi.com/news/supply-chain-shortages-and-our-first-ever-price-increase/
He then goes on to explain the price changes and the allocation of raw materials:
In February last year, we announced that we were discontinuing the 1GB variant of Raspberry Pi 4, and moving the 2GB product to our signature price of $35. We’re still glad we did this, as countless young people made use of this device as they studied from home during the pandemic. Unfortunately, cost increases caused by the current shortage mean that this product is not currently economically viable at this reduced price point. We are therefore moving it back to $45 on a temporary basis.https://www.raspberrypi.com/news/supply-chain-shortages-and-our-first-ever-price-increase/
So what does this mean for the Grizzly Gents?
We are working extra hours and in contact with our suppliers to restock as soon as more SBC’s come available.
We appreciate and value everyone’s support and patronage., For those still interested in upgrading to a Pi 4 or if you have any other questions please emails us at : firstname.lastname@example.org
-Sudo Grizzly Gents Management