I"ve not been long here at this forum, but sometimes the transition from a sense of community to a sense of entitlement can give you whiplash.
Sense of entitlement…hmm ok. I presume you are talking about me feeling entitled not to be bullshitted to. Yep. We were told it was going to be made in the UK.
First off I was not referring solely to you, but to the fact that there does seem to be a fairly regular supply of a few people criticising those who have put so much time and money into doing something positive simply because not every single aspect of what they are doing is entirely to their liking. Recently this has surfaced particularly in relation to the first batch: they arent making enough (using their own funds); first come first served isn"t fair; I want to buy more than one from the first batch etc. It sometimes seems as though appreciation is an all-or-nothing affair.
Now as to your claim of bull*****ing, I obviously can"t say for sure, but I"d be surprised if the foundation had ever stated definitively that not only would the boards be assembled in the UK but that every batch would be so assembled. I think it is more likely that they would have said something more along the lines that they would make every effort to favour UK manufacturing where possible. And right now, with this batch, it clearly isn"t. And even if they had told us that they would definitely be manufactured here, that falls under "s*** happens". Things change; economies fluctuate. Being forced to change your plans isn"t the same as bull*****ing, it"s a fact of business. For a start, bull*****ers rarely lay the facts out for the world to see on the front page of their blogs.
I"d also pick you up on something you said in another post about having priced the boards incorrectly and sticking with the "headline" price. From what I understand, you have this backwards. The boards weren"t designed with specs in mind, then allocated price estimates; the prices were set first, based on how many units they hope to distribute, and an idea of what the total budget will be, then the boards designed to that budget. But unlike the price the foundation are committed to, manufacturing costs will not remain static. Quantity in particular will make a huge impact on the cost-per unit, so once the first run of 10,000 is complete, I have no doubt that they will keep re-assessing the options and bring the assembly home as soon as it is practical.
Finally, one upshot of all this is that they have kicked off discussions with the DBIS that in the long run could see a tax issue that damages UK manufacture being resolved. What have you done to promote UK manufacturing today?