my friends in related electronics industry share a common story with me
there is this age-old bait-and-switch, basically a sinking Company had got you entrapped either a paying customer for a non-existing stock, so as to either feed their creditors/suppliers so they may THEN release new stocks, or if theres no debt, become an 'investor' for their new models ventures!
either way, sheer obession of the excited buyer has alrdy done the job of 'selling' for them & best, the uncertainty of the new models to market is their best excuse. basically they had now, instead of 1 supplier whom they are owing 300Ks and refusing to release new stocks, 100 of small time creditors from whom each they now taken 3Ks and in return can offer only promises of 'unexpected delay'. they hedge that u as a small time buyer (maybe hooked by whatever small discounts they offer upfront or that elusive 'debut batch' promise) has little power over them except go some 'silly' consumer complaint club or make a din at a woodenplank booth lasting all of 4 days. instead they can now threaten you with $$ penalty if you get out, or if they like they can hold you off as long as they can, until some authorities interceed, if the client have the 'endurance' (note:not RIGHTS) to do indeed take that matter that far.
of course by then, they may already stock in the 'new' product in debate which you paid for XX mths back, at whats rapidly becoming now a poor offer, comparative to the current market then. BEst of all , YOU ARE NOT INFORMED of the new stockin till you call in on one frustrating day, half expecting to be hang up, that you MUST SELF-COLLECT it at their ABC location, before XXYYZZ date (which is office hrs only, the day after tomorrow). When asked abt stamp for wty, simply the staff said she dont know also, maybe should just refer to the invoice...WHICH WAS ISSUED 3mths back.
but then again, the customer should really count his/her blessings if indeed the purchase WAS at all fulfilled.
Great story, not that it got to do with anything