Why would anyone even think that by "the people responsible for the retailing of the RPi" I would mean the foundation? because they"re obviously not.
Foundation have done an excellent job. I"m just not happy with the distributors, I feel that they have been playing it too safe, instead of taking a risk and getting an even bigger hit, now customers are unhappy because of unreasonably long waiting lines.
inb4 "do you even know how distribution and marketing works?"
No, obviously I don't, not compared to someone who does it for a living anyway.
But I do know that if you have half a year (possibly longer) waiting time from the supposedly official release until a cleared backlog then YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG!
Are you? Or are you making sure that they are manufactured to the required standard, and manufactured properly, and that you have the infrastructure in place to deal with sales and returns? This isn't a marketing or distribution problem, it's a manufacturing problem.
It's been said time and time again, NO-ONE expected the level of demand the has been seen. It double or triple the expectations. That DOES require time to recover from. For example, at the most basic level, lots more SoC's are required than planned for. Those need to be manufactured (stuff like is too expensive to have sitting of shelves hoping for sales) - and it takes time to inject a wafer in to the fab and package them up and get them sent out for the board manufacture.
Principal Software Engineer at Raspberry Pi (Trading) Ltd.
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