Newark US made two $1.00 charges against my card last week, so, they _are_ taking money from people already, albeit not the full amount for the board. Indeed, it"s not even a majority of the exhorbitant shipping and manhandling charges for a single board, with no option for combining multiple customers" orders in one shipment to a common address. However, it"s real money, and distributors in other non-UK countries have apparently demanded full payment via wire transfers or bank drafts. Then, there"s the substantial intellectual investment we developers have made in preparing software, educational materials, documentation (e.g., the wiki), designing and fabricating prototype cases, etc., which the Foundation and admins have roundly and consistently ignored, lumping everyone together as whiners who dare mention anything other than rainbows and unicorns regarding the status of delivery of boards.
When people _have_ put money and intellectual capital on the line in support of the project"s goals (above and beyond the Foundation"s greatly-appreciated efforts), they deserve a lot better treatment than they"ve been receiving, especially when the distributors selected as partners have turned out to be even worse at communicating effectively with customers than anyone (e.g., the apparently clueless customer service phone and chat personnel who are not being provided consistent, accurate, and timely info, either).
We"re trying to patiently wait for at least some indication of the compliance test results, while wondering what the next source of delay will inevitably be.
The best things in life aren't things ... but, a Pi comes pretty darned close!
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire." -- W.B. Yeats
In theory, theory & practice are the same - in practice, they aren't!!!