I did a quick quick lookup of Stern games on IPDB.
Using a three year sample, 2017-2019, they released roughly 11 original titles in multiple price tiers.
In my personal story, I purchased 2 of these NIB and two of them used. I’ve already sold the two used ones as I didn’t have to take much of a loss on them. Since the new games will have a higher depreciation, I’ll keep them longer and get some that value out of personal enjoyment. Price is certainly a factor, but the PF issues are a much larger consideration for me personally. All of my four purchases were before 2019.
I am very hesitant to purchase new until Stern addresses the issue. I completely understand that they are not going to make a public statement about the PFs. However, the problem is real to collectors. It’s hard to know when a problem has been addressed if a company won’t admit it exists.