For a while I've been watching the RPi and have been hoping to get one from the first batch.
Well, I thought I'd be the smart one and go onto the second site in the list (which was unluckily RS) because I figured it would get less traffic right off the start.
So... I filled out the form within about a minute of the link going up, so I am pretty sure that I got in the first batch (based on the fact that Farnell sold out in about 10 minutes).
Anyway, I heard something about RS only sending them to UK customers, so I decided to email them and ask. Well, I got back the following response:
Thank you for your interest...as you know the demand was high for this item and is still ongoing with interest UK and worldwide.
Regardless whether you were one of the first ... the demand from our UK customers will be prioritised first...these
items are not currently available but when the stocks do come in they will be shipped according to prioritised lists.
If you have registered here...
then we have captured you on our marketing lists and will ship when we have stocks available and once we have determined
how we ship and how you can pay but we will advise you when we know ourselves.
So... I thought RPis from the first batch would be available to U.S. customers as well? What's up with that? (I'm guessing another screwup on the part of RS). I was up until 3AM trying to get this thing (was waiting 2 hours for the actual "buy now" link to go up on RS... never did), so am going to be pretty ticked if I can't get one... (of course not mad at RPi Foundation, at RS). Another thing that makes me quite unhappy about the situation is that in the original email sent out by RS said NOTHING about it only being available in UK... they just said "Once we receive the boards into stock, they will be allocated on a first-come first-serve basis, in order of when requests were received." Since this did not give any indication that it was only available for UK customers, I have gone a week without pre-ordering from Farnell (there's no way in heck I'm giving RS any of my money after all this unless it is for an RPi out of the first batch)