Firstly, we need to address one big issue. Clones are OK, counterfeits aren’t. What’s the difference, you might ask. Counterfeit is violating trademarks. Counterfeits try to look like genuine Arduinos, but they aren’t. On the other hand, clones usually come with descriptions like “Arduino-compatibile”, “UNO for Arduino” or use variation of name Arduino – like Funduino, Devduino, Smartduino… I have no problem with clones, usually, they work just like the “real deal”.
Why get the original?
If an Arduino is being sold online for less than the stated price in the market, it may indicate a counterfeit.
The current price of Arduino, even if a few euros more than clones, help us fund and create:
– developing new open source hardware
– the documentation
– CE/FCC certification
– carbon offsetting
– quality control
– community management
– publishing tutorials
– make donations to other open source projects
– hosting/maintanance website and forum (millions of users!)
In case you catch any of your sellers selling such counterfeit boards, do report them to us at: email@example.com://www.arduino.cc/en/products/counterfeit
Get the clone
Personally, I think the clone is good enough. I have a couple of original Arduinos and some clones. If you can’t afford to buy the original, just get the clone. It’s way cheaper and it won’t hurt your wallet if you blow it up once or twice.