Google "Raspberry Pi". 2,200,000 results.
The forum has almost 7,000 members. I'll bet the mailing list is way longer.
Imagine the launch of the first iPhone, the first ZX Spectrum, the first Skybox.
Then consider if Apple had only sold a first batch of 10,000, or Amstrad did. What would be the value of an un-opened first batch, boxed Spectrum from that batch of 10,000 today? Especially for a machine that has no protective case and numbers may be diminished by jammy fingers, dust, a spilled cup of tea and home-soldering bodges. I'd say it would be worth £15/£22 to have a punt and find out, wouldn't you?
I have also seen no assurances that single number orders will be given priority. What is to stop someone getting in first, buying 8,000 and then putting them on e-bay for $60+. They'd sell, the wait has been long, anticipation is high and with no more for another month ... And so the ticket tout is born.
I'll bet all 10,000 go in under and hour and it will be pure luck if you can access the shop during that time to get your order through.
Its going to be a tricky one for Raspberry Pi. A business wouldn't care. Once they are sold they are sold. Who cares to whom? But a charity with a mission statement about promoting education and building a community isn't going to want 80% of its first batch to never leave the box, unless they are already resigned to take that hit.
For the record I'd love one of the little bleeders. Mine would come out of the box on day 1 and be fiddled with. But I think I may have to wait some time before I can actually buy a £15 computer, hover my hand over it and remark "Mmmm, warm raspberry pi!"
Google turned out 19.8m results on mine and the forum has 6.2k members
What the shop should do is limit purchases to around 10 per individual and for organizations who want more wait for the "schools release" (mentioned in a blog comment, http://www.raspberrypi.org/arc.....9#comments
to be exact). so a min of 1k peeps can buy the raspi. I mean seriously, it's just mean to buy 8k of 10k and have the rest of the world starving for some pi >:(
What could be worse is have some imitations of the board with substandard quality and rendering it as a different device. *ehem*
Once raspi has several manufacturers licensed to make raspis i think they should do factory visits (surprise and scheduled) in order to check if the rendered products are fit for sale.