I got my interest registered around 6:05am on Wednesday and got my confirmation yesterday (3rd) at 23:29, so that puts me in the queue I guess.
Personally, I have no problem how things were organised. I think the RasPi foundation has done a stunning job to get things this far, and all off their own backs as well and deserve kudos all the way. And as for the choice of distributors/retailers, I don't see how a better choice could have been made, really. Maplin is UK only, someone like Tiger are US only. Farnell and RS are truly worldwide, and while not geared up for massively popular launches like this (and why would they be, really), they are ideally equipped to organise massive production runs, have the heft to negotiate cheaper component prices in the near future, and the expertise and again financial power to advise and organise component revisions in the future. Further to this, working in a large educational institution as I do, I happen to know that RS is our one and only approved electrical component supplier. As far as I'm concerned, the choices made regarding the initial run and distribution, and future manufacturing stemming from it were right on the money.
As for Farnell and RSs dealings with the launch, again, I don't think we could have expected much different. They aren't meant to deal will large-scale, immensely popular consumer releases, but that's not what this was. This was meant to be a small scale release to developers and early adopters only (and in all likelyhood a test of popularity!). To expect two companies of Farnell and RSs size to dedicate an inordinate amount of resources to one launch that neither could be sure could get past the members of this august and hallowed forum is naive. In one respect they fell down; both companies should have thoroughly advised their sales staff and web teams to expect a deluge could be coming, and it appears neither did, but that's their missed PR opportunity gone. When everything comes out in the wash, we will each of us have a RasPi, those of us who soldiered through the early morning release will be able to say 'we were there, man', and and no-one will care about the details.