I had similar issues with a game board and later found out the guy died. I felt horrible for pushing to get a few hundred sheckles worth of parts. His widow eventually wanted to make good on his sales and I agreed to just take the parts and assemble them myself. I felt bad for her, he was only 43 if I recall. I would look / ask a mod to look for activity before accusing him of being a backwards Mad.
I am sorry for your loss.