Quoted from snaroff:
At some level, this is really simple. Some percentage of the PF's have defects. Seems like the % of defective PF's has gone up and Stern isn't screening them. If they are building 1000 machines, it would be interesting to know how many "extra" PF's they order to compensate for pulling defective PF's. The QA process would be fascinating for Stern to speak about. Unfortunately, they are a really tight lipped company and I don't expect any big "mea culpa" with details on the QA process. I also wouldn't be surprised if the PF producers haven't seen margin increases for years (which doesn't motivate them to do A+ work).
Agreed. Well said. The argument of what constitutes “defective” is certainly a challenging one. We have a very high percentage of HUO nowadays and if you judge the amount of plays they get versus in service machines of old there is definitely an issue. It’s very bizarre to me that the issues are not consistent, but again...things are done in lots and lot 123 may be horrible and 456 could be perfectly fine. Unfortunate that the end product manufacturers are not coming clean about it.