I read the entire thread and NOT ONCE has someone mentioned Raspberry Pi Zero boards in conjunction with stockings. I am disappoint.
Although to be fair it looks like the thread title has changed recently...
LightEmittingDude wrote:However, ignoring that - why can't you just tell us the basics: exactly how many are being made per week and where are they going? Is the production in fact being increased, and if so, on what schedule? Is the supply of Broadcom chips a limiting factor ... or isn't it? It is hard not to be skeptical that 'thousands' are rolling off the lines 'as I write this' since it has not been in stock at the Pi Hut (one of only four distributors) since I registered there over a month ago.
If you'll forgive further speculation/supposition from a well-meaning user: because that's perfect market reasarch data for competitors.
Indulge me in a thought experiment for a moment. Let's say you want to start building Zero-like SBCs, and you think you might be able to turn a decent profit on it. The market leader in educational/hobbyist SBCs then starts releasing all their data on: how many they're making, how frequently they can make a specific quantity, where they're being sold/distributed, what their limiting factors are, etc,. You are now in a perfect position to start putting together your business plan: you can estimate how much capital you'll need to invest, you'll know how many you'll need to sell in order to start turning a profit (aka: ROI rate), you know the size of the market, you know what potential supply problems you will face, etc.
The Raspberry Pi Foundation is a charitable foundation, but Raspberry Pi Trading Ltd does exist to make a profit. (Of course the difference is that all profit made goes towards the Foundation's charity goals instead of the pockets of Eben et al)