On the subject of crowdfunding a special build from Farnell, there was a thread before Christmas that I can't seem to find anymore.
It discussed the use of an independent website, or Kickstarter/IndieGoGo etc to fund a design, perhaps a Zero with added Ethernet/WifI and the chip from the Pi2B? Maybe it wasn't those specs and that is just my wishlist.
Anyway, the guy who had the idea was talked out of it, I think because people are unlikely to agree on what the actual spec should be.
As for the Zer0 as a learning device, from my viewpoint I still think a Pi2B is the better ab initio learning device. I see the Zer0 as a deployed project computer. A sort of more hackable compute module.
Low cost monitors are existing TVs, with HDMI being more than 10 years old now, they will become prevalent and there being less of a need for HDMI->RF modulator converters that cost around $15.
Regarding Pi Zer0 availability, I've managed to find four more since boxing day, by being vigilant, included one MagPi buried on a rack. I've gifted most of them to the parents of school children where I could be as sure as I can be that they will be put to good use, the last one will find a home this week. Stateside, the distribution lag should be unwinding soon and the MagPi #40 will appear in B&N.
one last point, is there no ignore/block facility on these forums? Maybe on the silver theme? It would be handy so I didn't need to see all the jingoism and specious history rubbish that occasionally appears. Great if people want that stuff under General, but greater if I could avoid it. If I wanted to read stuff like that I would go to the web's own latrine that is YouTube comments.