Thanks for the quick & detailed overview of these new Pandas! For a split second I was hyped for them after hearing @TaehaTypes thoughts on them, then I waded into the swap that is the GH thread for this sale (I refuse to call it a GB since it’s looking like Supervan already has the switches produced & in hand). After seeing that the switches were gonna be $1.50 to $1.00 per switch & reading Supervans very poor interaction with the community I personally decided that I’m gonna pass on this sale. Mostly on principal because I feel like this whole thing is becoming very toxic for the community, that Supervan is doing this as pure profit venture, & that he has no concern about it’s effects on the community.
Now don’t get me wrong I have no problem with someone profiting from their work, but I do have an issue with someone actively trying to gouge the community, which is what I believe is going on with this sale. If you look at the pricing structures (bulk or retail) around any other MX style switch made this becomes very clear IMO. I should also say that I’m not hating on Supervan, he does have the right to charge whatever he sees fit for these switches he bought & paid for. Although in the same sense we have the right to vote with our wallets & not buy a grossly overpriced product from someone who is seemingly trying to take advantage of the community.
So that’s the rub to me & where I see this becoming detrimental to the community. If we overpay now just because the asking price is below aftermarket value I feel like we’re gonna set a dangerous precedent. Opening the door for more & worst offending opportunists to do the same in the future & possibly allowing aftermarket prices to control market prices in the future. Which would be a really sad thing to happen. As beyond making this hobby much more expensive for all of us, I think it could also serve as a catalyst to truly start splitting the community between the have & have nots. Which would be a terribly detrimental thing to have happen IMHO.
Now I’m not calling out people for joining this sale or saying they are doing something wrong by doing so. I just wanted to get my feelings about it & reasons why I’m not gonna join the sale out there. In the hopes that other’s can see it & take it into consideration when deciding to join this sale or not.
Sorry to put a wall of text up on your thread @Manofinterests, I just had to get that off my chest!
Edit: So Supervan has dropped the pricing to $1 switch flat for the sale & apologized for his behavior in the IC thread. While I do think that is still a fairly high price & would’ve liked to see him have at least one price drop at some MOQ. I also have to admit that him doing that & opening himself up to the possibility of lost profits coupled with a seemingly sincere apology has changed my view on his intents. It still doesn’t excuse his behavior in the GH IC thread, but there was also a lot of inexcusable replies thrown his way. Two sides to every coin & all that. Ultimately though by dropping the price & making an apology I feel like Supervan has proven he is not in it just for the money & has at least some concern on how this affects the community. Also at $1 per switch, while still a high price, I feel like it will draw much less attention beyond the community & assuages my fear of this negatively affecting the community in the future some.
Still not sure if I will join the GB, but with the price being drop & apology I felt like I should add this to my original post.