Quoted from Eryeal:
#3 - Did you read the direct comments after this by chance? The distributor took orders that they thought they could get, but they couldn't. That puts most of the blame on the distributor - but this is the first time a sell-out of this magnitude happened, and every other time there's been no problem increasing the order, so you can understand why they took a few extra orders thinking it would be no problem to increase their purchase with Stern. The popularity was just completely underestimated by everyone involved. And you can't blame Stern for sending 240 overseas - let's see - 52% to USA, 48% to the REST OF THE WORLD. That's not a bad ratio.
This is exactly what my distributor told me as well, He had 20 machines, calls were coming in and like usual, he sends stern an email saying he wants 20 more (as is what happened in past LE versions) continues to sell them, only to find out that he wasnt the only one that did this and there wasnt enough to go around. So now customers have to be called back and told they coudnt get one.
Everyone is bashing Stern for this, which IMO is wrong, but truthfully, only one distributor has even mentioned anything like this openly, pinballmike. Others are just not responding. Im assuming so that pinballmob can keep blaming stern and take the blame off of them. In another post, i saw someone saying that Jim Belt was being an ass on the phone. My guess, after the pinballmob mentioned how they wanted to start a class action lawsuit etc against stern, that im sure several of these asses called Jim with that same mentality, that they were owed a machine.
Like it or not, Stern hit it out of the park on this one as far as adverstising and marketing. None of us know as far as game play. But to sell out that quick is great for pinball. It only ensures that they continue making games. Its times when there are distributors having closeout sales like there were on Cirqus Voltaire that we have to start worrying if pinball will be continued.
Luckily, Ive got my LE coming. I contacted my distributor when the rumor of the machine was started, sent out a deposit a long time ago saying to him to set this aside incase the machine is made, this way i was in for his first order period.