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2013-12-19 13.22.27

Raspberry Pis just became a bit easier to get ahold of in the United States. Beginning last week, some RadioShack locations started carrying MAKE’s Raspberry Pi Starter Kit, which includes a Raspberry Pi Model B, power supply, SD card with NOOBS preloaded, HDMI cable, a case, prototyping components and a print and PDF download of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi.

“If we’re going to reach our goal of teaching a whole new generation of children coding and making skills it’s important that Pi should be easily available,” said Eben Upton, co-founder of the Raspberry Pi Foundation. “Having it in retail alongside a great kit and documentation is a big part of that.”

At the location I visited on 6th Avenue in New York City, the kit was available along with Maker Shed’s Ultimate Arduino Microcontroller Pack, and Getting Started with the BeagleBone Black Kit.

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson

Matt Richardson is a Brooklyn-based creative technologist, Contributing Editor at MAKE, and Resident Research Fellow at New York University’s Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP). He’s the co-author of Getting Started with Raspberry Pi and the author of Getting Started with BeagleBone.



  1. Will says:

    Judging by the picture, RadioShack is cheaper than Makershed.

    Also, it’s “a hold”. Two words, not one.

    1. Christian says:


      If you’re going to correct someone’s grammar, it’s customary to ensure you’re *correct* when doing so:

    2. Sandis says:

      BOOM – Headshot!

  2. catslover32 says:

    Finally. I’ve been sad looking at the Arduinos and not seeing a Pi or two.

  3. Hundred bucks you got to be kidding me

    1. Sandis says:

      Or you can look at it from the bright side. Cheapest RasPi starter kit in UK is ~£70. This one comes out at only £60. Not too bad if you ask me.

  4. One of the best Pi books ever is included. Good deal!

  5. chuck says:

    That’s cool! Maybe with that kind of income she can afford the mark up at Radio Shack.