Quoted from Guinnesstime:
The distributor model isolates them from actual buyers. They like it that way. They KEEP it that way. Now they regulate all pricing.
They have distros by the nuggets.
A distributor preorders 20 TFLEs. The game disappoints. They have to sell inventory at a loss eventually.
Next preorder, they try to order 10. Stern says "You want to order LESS? OK, we can give you 5." Distro needs to rep to 20 regardless of title then.
You remove that layer where they need to deal with people and the attitude changes. This won't happen BTW.
If the Distros all don't like it they just need to come together and refuse Stern's new pricing model...Stern needs the Distro's.