I had a nice chat with Farnell UK yesterday.
"How is my March 12th week Raspberry Pi order coming on. I asked".
"Oh yeah, we had someone from them come in last week. They said to say some time in July."
"So you aren"t going to get any of the 5,000 of the first batch and send those out then?".
"It"s five hundred, we are only going to get 500."
"No, it"s 5,000 and I"m supposed to be on the list for one".
"No, only 500 and they are going to wait and do a huge batch because of all the orders and so we are told it"s July and it"s up the Raspberry Pi lot really".
"We have got about 65,000 orders".
"I thought it was more like 200,000. So you aren"t going to manufacture any yourself ?"
"A lot of people have cancelled. Oh no, we are just a distributor, it"s down to them".
I"m not sure how much of that information I"d trust since we already know that the whole point of the licensing with the RS and Farnell was to allow them to directly manufacture the boards... I have heard the same thing about waiting to release the boards until they can do a bulk release, but I"m trying to track down a legit source before I put too much faith in it. I didn"t mean to say fact in that second comment @bwoodbury linked to, I was in a hurry and need to make a reply letting people know my mistake.
If the following comments from Abishur on the front page discussion about compliance testing are correct then all bets for the shipping date on the first 10k boards may be off
Abishur on March 24, 2012 at 3:28 am said:
“I believe it’s been told that one if not both distributors have decided to not release the first 10K until they can release a huge batch (a fact which I think is lame and defeating the whole point of getting the first batch… but what are you gonna do?)”
Abishur on March 24, 2012 at 3:06 pm said:
“but due to how many boards there are being ordered and the fact that the first 10K will be released with the main bulk release”
It makes absolutely no business sense for the distributors to sit on ~$350,000 worth of product waiting for the next batch of boards to be produced, especially given today"s economies, or lack thereof. They"re going to want that capital to fund future production. I doubt that the parts have even been sourced, much less acquired, for future production at the 100,000 unit level, yet, given that no one even knows how many firm orders there are, as there certainly have been duplicate orders across RS and Farnell, and there are going to be cancellations. While it makes sense for developers to pay a premium to ship one board at a time, few others are going to pay that premium for more than one board, especially if they"re just going to try to flip them on ePrey for as much as possible. Few are going to be foolish enough to pay inflated amounts for what will be (since no customers have a production board ... yet ... ever? ) a low-cost, relatively low-performance bare-board computer (and licensing/source-hobbled, at that - one of the reasons for the low cost, BTW). There will be a few who will pay too much for two, or more boards, perhaps developers and accessory makers who snoozed or gave up on UnLaunch Day, but, not that many.
Since Abishur doesn"t work for RS or Farnell, much less the Foundation (I wonder when the Empire and Second Foundation will appear, along with the Mule? ) we can take his speculations with one sodium atom and one chlorine atom, i.e., the tiniest grain of salt possible. I really wish he would stop such rash pontifications, especially since he can"t produce valid references/quotes. I know the admins can"t resist responding in yet-more posts devoid of any meaningful information about the status of our orders, but, please stop, you"re only making things worse. When the Foundation spokesperson who"s actually been talking to the distributors (Liz) can provide definitive information, then we"ll have something on which we can hang our hats, coats, umbrellas, galoshes, slickers, etc. Although, given the track record of Farnell and RS so far, even that may need to be taken with sodium and chlorine at the single-atom level
Help us ObiLiz! You"re our only hope!