It is an 'interesting' point -as in the chineseproverb: 'we live in interesting times':
For consumer purchases, the 'distance selling rules' must apply in the EU...however
Customers of RS and Farnell (although they have 'domestic' arm) are business customers, and have agreed to the terms and conditions as such - or will have when completing their order. I believe the level of protection offered is somewhat different!
(can anyone with confirmed legal knowledge in thisarea confirm this?)
The'interesting' area will be those who purchased with the intent of reselling on Ebay and the like -early examples of which have been removed/disappeared:
One of these offered a 'warranty' for the same price as the real cost of the Pi! (asking 99GBP for the Pi). Having read through the 38+ pages of 'HDUK' on launch day, there will be many potential profiteers who might try to return unsellable stock by means of mis-using consumer protection laws -causing great expense to the suppliers if they succeed!
I'm glad for Liz, the remainder of the team,and the project/charity in general, that by selling via RS and Farnell, they have distanced themselves from such 'people'.
I look forward to RS and Farnell dealing robustly with any such claims, without it generating adverse publicity for the foundation. Hopefully they will 'preempt' the possible problem by forthrightly placing the relevant conditions on their 'expression of interest' / pre-order forms... it might reduce the list size ?