Hi folks. Update on where we are with getting Zero to you (all good news!)
First up, we've been able to get a bit more line space, so we've been able to ramp up building them a little faster than was expected. This means that shipments will be larger, so stores should have more in each batch. (I'm not allowed to give out precise figures - commercial confidentiality and all that jazz.)
The way it works is like this: there are FOUR AUTHORISED RESELLERS. We hope to add more once demand has got to a point where it's more manageable, but doing so makes no sense at the moment.
Two of those resellers are in the UK (Pimoroni and The Pi Hut). Two are in the USA. (Adafruit and Micro Center.) All of them ship worldwide, apart from Micro Center who sell in physical stores. NB: some other organisations are advertising Zero for pre-order. Don't buy from them. They do not have guaranteed stock coming in. Again, the ONLY four authorised resellers are Pimoroni, The Pi Hut, Adafruit and Micro Center. We're getting a LOT of email from other people wanting to stock Zero; we'll let you know when we start pushing out to more stores.
Stocking the stores works like this: each week, one US and one UK store gets half the previous week's run of Zeros. So in alternate weeks, The Pi Hut and Pimoroni will have stock. This week it's The Pi Hut; they were going to put them on sale at the start of the week, but this week they're waiting on UK customs to release some accessories which they're wanting to sell alongside the Zeros. Next week it'll be Pimoroni, the week after that, The Pi Hut, etc. etc.
I don't have visibility of where the overseas shipping from the factory is at the moment, so I don't know whether this is an Adafruit or a Micro Center week, but the same applies: in alternate weeks, one of the two US stores will be putting stock on the shelves.
We'll be closing any new "WHERE CAN I GET A PI ZERO GIVE ME ONE NOW" threads, and I'll update this when things change.