This is something that has been a long time coming and happens to be a bit of a relief as we always hoped that the ultra small computer known as the Raspberry would somehow make it into production and it has.
They are expecting the first run of these cool little things to be ready by the end of this month, these will be the B version, the A version will be coming later, so it’s a choice of jump now and get the first models or wait for the A version!
I will give you a clue here; buy both because you can never have enough Raspberries!
According to Liz Upton who runs the publicity machine for the Raspberry Pi Foundation;
I’d like to draw attention to one cost in particular that really created problems for us in Britain. Simply put, if we build the Raspberry Pi in Britain, we have to pay a lot more tax. If a British company imports components, it has to pay tax on those (and most components are not made in the UK). If, however, a completed device is made abroad and imported into the UK – with all of those components soldered onto it – it does not attract any import duty at all. This means that it’s really, really tax inefficient for an electronics company to do its manufacturing in Britain, and it’s one of the reasons that so much of our manufacturing goes overseas.
Source [Raspberry PI]