Quoted from rotordave:
The usual modus operandi for pinball manufacturers on Pinside ...
A/ come on Pinside and announce your great new machine/part
B/ take the money
C/ disappear and become hard to reach by any means.
We've seen it time and time again.
Lucky it's only a couple of hundred bucks ... If I'd been silly enough to prepay for a pinball machine and got the run around like this, I'd be on a plane to sort it out.
I'm completely new around here, but have to say, you seem to be spot on from what I've read. The community here is awesome, but I'm surprised at how many vendors I see blatantly taking advantage of people.
It's a little disheartening to see such a passionate community get the shaft by their vendors.