Quoted from PtownPin:
I agree that predicting demand is always an issue, but in this particular case the shit show JJP created has nothing to do with that. They clearly thought about demand because they came up with the 500 unit number. What they didn't do is manage their distribution channel, which is a major business 101 screw up. I didn't say a 10 year could do better what I said was my 10 year could have figured out the math (direct versus distributor allocation numbers). These procedures should always be in place, and past history is no indication of that process....I guess JJP is laughing to bank (good for them), but in doing so they pissed off a lot of loyal customers.
Please, just stop already.
You assume JJP created a mess, you don’t know that and you are just guessing. You also don’t appear to know how the distributor/manufacture terms or relationships work.
Any distribution network with a manufacturer has different and specific rules for allocations from cars to yes, even pinball. Obviously, the more one sells, the more allocations they get. Another factor might be previous terms. I know some manufacturers push a product onto a distributor, if a distributor refuses product, a penalty might be the loss of future allocations.
I would be inclined to believe this is more of a distributor problem than manufacture. Bottom line is the CE was over sold. Finding out who to accurately and factually blame remains to be shown. The only way a product is oversold is when a seller doesn’t have enough product, but continues to promise a product they don’t have or can’t get. It is possible a lot of sales were made on speculation of perceived allocation. I would think the only way JJP is at fault is if they made allocations with distributors then reduced that number. None of that information has come to light at this point.
The CE did exactly what it was designed to do...stand out, sell out and be highly desired. I wanted a CE too and didn’t get one. As cool as it all is, I hope they don’t degrade the CE with the same options on some other variation of GNR. I do hope future CEs will have higher production numbers.