@James Hughes 1
"I'll check on the multiple order thing - if Farnell are doing that then they are breaking the contract."
I know of at least one person who did a bulk order through Farnell. Just 2 units, and that's for pre-orders.
Maybe that's OK, I don't know, I haven't seen the contract. But it is a further lack of consistency and is confusing to people with small brains (like me). If there is variation, you should make that clear and get your sellers to make it clear too.
Just how hard would it be for Farnell to say "Prices include shipping, only bulk pre-orders allowed" (or whatever the rules may be)