I ordered from RS on the 30th March. on the 28th August I received an email, like many others did, saying the order would be delayed by up to 9 weeks.
I emailed Farnell to confirm that their website advert or delivery within three weeks was accurate... then ordered without waiting for a reply (I want my Pi!). I did get a reply the next day saying:
Please be advised that the lead time of future orders for the Raspberry PI is 3 weeks at the moment. We are currently awaiting a delivery and then we are advising our customers that the product is becoming more frequent for delivery to Farnell.
Hope this helps.
Six days later I got an email from Farnell saying the Pi had been shipped!
I have my little box if bits at the ready; mouse, KB, mini to micro adapter, charger, hdd, sd cards, wifi dongle etc... Thinking of ideas now on where to start and what I can do with it.
To keep on topic, RS have disappointed me by not sending anything, not even a reply to emails since March and I wouldnt use them for anything else. I ordered the Gertboard three weeks ago from Farnell and wish I had used them from the start. Professional and quick to respond to questions. Within a week I was told the item had been shipped and assuming Royal Mail can deliver i'll have it in a day or two. And Farnell dont take your money until they have your item to send!