Quoted from yancy:
Is it more or less absurd than selling $10k+ games with chipping playfields? At some point distros might conclude that the juice is no longer worth the squeeze. There are more fish (manufacturers) in the sea.
JJP already backstabbed distros by selling some of the highest profit margin games of all time direct from the factory. Be careful what you wish for. Let JJP sell 'em all direct, make all the profit, and deal with all the hassle.
I spoke to a distributor (the pinball company) a few months ago who said they stopped carrying JJP because of all the issues. I have never dealt with that distributor before and had only stopped by while on a road trip to see what (used) machines they had. I think they only sell NIB sterns now.