O/T After reading the last few pages of this Batman thread and considering the GB issues I started thinking about how Stern has began changing recently and wondered what might be a contributing influence towards that.
Seems like much of the QC issues, use of shi!!y materials, and the cost saving direction Stern has taken seems to have started since they moved to the new location. I had a NIB SAM based TWDLE direct shipped from Stern when they were first released from their old factory. Great QC, good materials, and after a billion games the dimples turned into a uniform orange peel surface, no clear coat issues, and the magnet surfaces still look like new with no dimples. That period seems to have been a much simpler time.
Did Stern really have to move? Has the move changed Stern?
If you could snap a finger and go back to a time where Stern was still operating out of their old factory and their focus wasn't as centered on $$ as it seems to be now, would you want that?