Yes, the emphasis is on _little_ but I went into my local Ratshack a couple months ago (and I live in a very low population area) and they actually had up-to-date Arduinos and some Propeller kit. It was slightly more expensive than on the interwebs, but the instant gratification of buying my first Arduino and an Ethernet shield and walk out of the store was well worth it!
Sadly, I haven't had enough free time to tinker too much with it yet, but I have tinkered with the dev platform a bit on my Linux workstation at home, and it seems to work great! I built a small 1/10 second timer with it - my output was some 40-year-old HP LED buffered displays... Next up will be interfacing an LCD display from a 20-year-old Fujitsu desk phone...
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