Even more interesting is this bit:
Farnell told us yesterday that they’ve shipped 429,000 so far, and I don’t have current figures for RS, but they’ll be only a little lower)
So, this means that both Farnell and RS have been manufacturing boards in roughly the same quantities, which necessarily means that RS's preorder queue was significantly larger than Farnell's to start with otherwise it would have dropped to roughly the same level as Farnell's.
This is very strong evidence that my guess about RS receiving many more expressions of interest during the week of launch chaos or soon after was basically correct. Either more people had heard of RS and so clicked their link in preference, or RS's website survived the crisis period a bit more effectively, we can't tell which. The period of queue inflation could also have happened later at "Place your order" time, perhaps they did better there. But the reward for doing better is now to be dragged through the mud for still having long wait times when their competitor doesn't.
It's also worthy of note that since RS's figures are only a little lower than Farnell's, then the often-quoted "fact" that they ordered far smaller volumes than Farnell seems to be incorrect. Give or take the amount Liz refers to as "a little lower", their average order size has to be roughly in step with Farnell's or their totals wouldn't be similar now.
I recommend rampant speculation and conspiracy theorizing
Some people's theories about RS are going to have to be revised, that's for sure. Mine are still consistent with the known facts, and increase in likelihood given this new information. That doesn't mean they're true of course, but only that they haven't been invalidated yet by evidence.
That's the scientific method for you.
So will we see it before Christmas? As half-promised by @Jamish. (He didn't mention which Christmas)
I read somewhere that March is the expected ship date.
> (He didn't mention which Christmas)
Actually he did, 2017.
It was Abishur who said "this Christmas", leaving "this" an unbound atom.
According to raspberrypi.org, Model A is now available in Europe for US$25. Power consumption is 1/3 of Model B. Should be great with an Motorola Lapdock, since the latter has an internal USB hub so doesn't need one on RasPi.
I Can see that now and and I can buy one from E14 AU.
Hopefully mine should arrive today :-)
I ordered two Model A's from the E14 website but I recieved an email from one of the support team that they are not shipping the product and I should order a Model B instead.
1. The number of Stock on the AU website has gone down from 950+ to about 200. this means that other people have ordered it two.
2. I sent him back an email which I said to do not change the order and leave it has it is and I will wait till that order is recieved (which I guess would be in the next two weeks since the raspberrypi.org said that it would open sales to internationl customers 'soon'.
I have not got a reply yet... but I am waiting to see what happens.