The $5 Raspberry Pi Zero is one elusive stocking stuffer

Those in search of Raspberry Pi Zero can subscribe to magazine, wait it out or head to eBay

The $5 Raspberry Pi Zero will be one elusive stocking stuffer
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The Raspberry Pi Foundation outdid itself over Thanksgiving and Black Friday by unveiling a $5 model of its already tiny programmable computer that sold out some 20,000 units almost immediately.

As OpenDNS Research Director Andrew May Labs tweeted to me: "it’s the geek tickle-me-elmo".

The Foundation's smallest ever form factor at 65mm x 30mm x 5mm boasts a Broadcom BCM2835 application processor, a 1GHz ARM11 core, a mini-HDMI socket for 1080p60 video output and a micro-SD card slot, among other things.

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One very popular magazine

So yes, the Raspberry Pi Zero would make for a nice cheap stocking stuffer, but good luck finding one in the United States or overseas. Not that there isn't a sliver of hope.

For big spenders, head to eBay, where scalpers will gladly take your money if you're willing to pay 9 or 10 times the sticker price for a Raspberry Pi Zero.

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Zebra Zero wood case for Raspberry Pi Zero

Or you could consider the cart-before-the-horse approach, and pick up a nice Raspberry Pi Zero case, such as this $5 wooden Zebra Zero on Amazon, in anticipation of picking up the actual computer when it becomes available again.

As of Nov. 27, Micro Center stores were carrying the #pizero, as the hashtag goes, but they now list the device as being sold out.

Your other option is to follow the Raspberry Pi Foundation on Twitter and Facebook to find out when copies of issue #40 of its Magpi magazine make their way to Barnes & Noble and Micro Center stores in the United States, as that copy of the publication comes with a Raspberry Pi Zero attached to its cover.

You can also subscribe to the magazine to get one, though the Foundation needs to crank out more of the little PCs before they are delivered.

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