Okay, I have been wanting to ask this for some time (probably 4 months now), but very reluctant because of the inevitable shit storm that will follow. I am not trying to ruffle feathers, but being very serious. First off, I do NOT think this will happen. But to float 8k for a year or more is worrisome to me. I'm tempted though, just because I think the theme and quality will be that good. A payment plan also works very well for me, since I am not loaded with cash.
Like most guys I love technology and JJP seems to really have the goods. I am not crazy about the WOZ theme, but would love to own one just on the build quality alone. The pictures of the hardware looks awesome and it really is obvious the BOM is way above the other manufacturers (so less profit margin then Stern). I am really concerned that the pre-orders of The Hobbit are funding the current production of WOZ (this is pure speculation of course) but I have to imagine the initial start up costs and R&D for so much new pinball technology must be enormous. Is there any other revenue streams? It just doesn't seem like some thing that is sustainable for the long term.
With that said, I have my reservations about pre-ordering TH so early and would almost rather wait, sell a pin or two and pay 1k more when it is in stock and ready to ship. I guess my question is; Is there any type of protection if payments were made on a credit card if something this unlikely were to happen? Would there be any more chance of a recovery going through a distributor vs. JJP?
Once again, I don't think this will happen (or if it's even possible?), but when I am considering having thousands of dollars paid possibly a year or more a head of time, I think having some reservations is understandable.
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