jayaldous: I'm not saying who is wrong, but I wouldn't be surprised if they were waiting for a shipment of acer rather than building new HP Netbooks. Occam's Razor. And it's not unheard of for salespeople to be wrong.
I'm not sure why people keep saying this, they've already confirmed it is going to be Asus : /
and to get a custom unit built from the manufacturer, you would need to be ordering thousands, not a few hundred units to cover a raincheck.