I appreciate your civil tone in this discussion, but we need to get this message right:
As far as I can tell, Pitman is fine with the pre-pay concept. He was just not happy a product didn't ship within a particular timeframe after his money was sent that would have satisfied him.
Let's not contribute to mischaracterizations.
No problem with that.... don't want to mischaracterize what he thought. If that is the case.... why even say a single word?.... he seems--my opinion-- to think that the good guys at BFP should change what they were doing to satisfy him and his view of how TPP things should go..... when in fact we all knew what had happend at the printer (and why we prepayed). Now it is completly possible I am way out in left field...:nuts:. I'll forget how we started off....
I have stressed the completely voluntary aspect of prepay/subscription and that it--prepay-- solves a problem that the non-cash rich TPPs have at the critical point of going to press--not much cash. I would also stress, again , that no one should prepay unless the buyer views the TPP as "trusted." If Mark viewed them as trusted, and saw that there was an uncontrolable event occuring at the printers--"box cars" plus breaking ELR-- he would not have said squat. If it was a controlable event at the printers he might have turned the culprit TPP into a non-trusted one and he won't prepay on the next one--no comment would have been needed, especially telling the TPP to do it differently next time and the etc.
I would love to play Pitman, everyone says he is a good apple in person, but I think we didn't need the storm and we will hopefully see a disappearing ill wind.
I hope all the TPPs (including MMP) are or will be trusted in the future so that as prepays help get costs under control we will continue to see a steady stream of good ASL stuff (where is the map pack?). I just wish they could sell us some time.
(Dang it... one week to Austin. Portal.... if you want to come on down to Austin we'll let you crowd into our room for a small price? )