Quoted from tp:
I emailed stern yesterday. Hopefully hear from them soon. What gets under my skin is when all of a sudden others have new stock fs but people who have ordered and paid don't get theirs. Paid for machines should be shipped before others get their stock on hand machines. Make sense? Or am I missing something here?
I think you're missing something. Those machines that have been shipped were paid for by those distributors. Those games belong to them, just like the game you purchased belongs to you.
I would see if there is anyway for your distributor to get some sort of estimate when their stock is getting shipped to them. I got caught up in delays too, and my distro always had some communication with stern on the approximate date that the games would be shipped. Yeah, that date kept getting moved back, but at no point when I followed up with my distro did they say they have no idea when the games would ship.