Well turns out that this has become the most important announcement for me. I'm initially looking to use an RPi as a Webserver and 128Mb would have been insufficient.The Model A with 256Mb will be ideal and it's $10 cheaper than the Model B which makes a big difference to me. Why?
Well here in Thailand there's a whopping 40% import duty to pay for an RPi!
RS quote a price equivalent to $59.85 (not quite sure how they have arrived at that figure, but Liz is on the case)
Farnell quote a price equivalent to $49 (+40% Duty), but they then charge a staggering $24.50 for Delivery (again, Liz is on the case) - $35 ends up as $73.50
HOWEVER, if the value of the item is less than 1000 THB ($33), then there is no duty payable, so as long as the 'ridiculous' delivery charge is resolved, I'm hoping that I'll get a Model A for somewhere in the region of $35.
I can source a cheap USB Hub with Ethernet for considerably less than $38 which is what I would have to pay for 'on board' functionality with the Model B.
4 + 1 = (Wow, I can do this one hand)
I hadn't seen your message before my post. I've got the same problem, but I don't think there is much we can do about it (unless we can change the regulations...). A few months ago, I planned to get a Pandaboard development board (US Price:174 USD), but I finally gave up. If I buy it in a shop in Thailand it would cost 10,900 Baht (356 USD), If I buy from a shop overseas, it's slightly better at around 300 USD (174 + 40 USD (shipping) + about 40% taxes on the total).