Peter, your machine was built at the same time as every other "fully finished" machine in our initial run. It is sitting in my storage lockup, finished, tested and packed. I don't recall the build serial number but it's about #46 from memory (don't hold me to that number, it's my recollection without checking and I am currently at home without the means to look it up)?
You already know this yet you continue to spout untruths about why you don't have your machine and try and drag me down any chance you get? I'm unsure why you need to be so negative?
Like every other pre-order customer, the price paid was "ex factory door and EXCLUDED freight/shipping and GST (tax)".
You already know all of this as well.
You were offered several shipping options recently but chose the "free" one that I offered to you a couple of months ago - that is, to include your machine in a container that I would be shipping to Australia (that had space) and I would pay for the transport and import costs to Australia. Naturally, you would still have to pay for tax and local delivery.
I have not had ANY containers traveling to Australia since that offer was made to all pre-order buyers and so THAT is why the pre-order machines have not yet shipped but other machines have gone out to a different buyer.
I suggest that you call Highway Games and ask (politely) how they can assist you to get your game to Australia. They have many more containers and LCL to Australia than I do and will certainly be able to assist. I know you have been calling them already but you need to allow them the time to organise the tax side of things so that you only have to make a single payment to cover all outstanding items. Otherwise you will be paying the GST to me and then the shipping costs to Highway. We are doing our best to simplify things for everybody.
But you will have to pay the cost of this. I don't know what that will be, discuss with them.
The other options that Homepin offered you were LCL and air freight. Both these were at our cost price - in fact with us doing the export paperwork in China would cost us about $300 but you don't appear to want those options.
You already know all of the above so why is it you choose to keep trying to drag me, my company and product down? It's a mystery to me because you own a TAG I think it's a bit silly talking it down, don't you want to sell it the second you receive it? You wouldn't want to harm the sell price would you? To the best of my knowledge you haven't seen or played a TAG either so why would you make comments comparing it to an early Bally - it simply isn't no matter what you might want to believe.
I understand why you would feel angry and even disappointed because of the delays, these delays all well known to you and have been explained several times. That's life - I have to live with what has happened over the past few years and I'm not happy at all, far from it.
As to the others making snide remarks about me and my company and products, they don't have a dog in the race so I fail to see why they are even commenting? Very bizzare?
Your call Pete BUT remember, there is only ONE reason you currently don't have your machine, you haven't paid for shipping or GST. You could have it in less than 7 days if you want us to send it air freight.