The RPFs SvenP said:
It should be obvious to anybody with two brain cells to rub together that the sole reason for these two companies taking on the distribution of the low margin RasPi is that they foresee the generation of large volumes of sales of paired high margin items.
It's the classical Polaroid marketing strategy all over again.
One can but wonder what motivated the Foundation's decision maker(s) to make such a deal.
I'm not sure the Polaroid reference is entirely appropriate here - they manufactured both the camera and the film, so had the monopoly.
The RPFs motivation, quite obviously, was to bring the 'Pi to market as quickly and as universally as possible, at their planned, promised and publicised price. Whilst peopled DO have to buy their 'Pis from either RS or Farnell, the DO NOT have to buy any of the other items, and many of us have indeed obtained up peripherals, cables etc. at very low prices.
It is perhaps unfortunate that neither of the distributers are particularly experienced at retail sales, as this is a new venture for them too, but they will learn, and things will get better, if they are given the chance. As with all (well most) things in life, "You pays your money, and you takes your choice."