I realize that you are trying to think about EvilDragon and his product when you said what you have said in this topic. However, you need to realize that we need a strong community in order for EvilDragon to make money and create a new device. Nothing good comes from completely abandoning members of the community, whether he is legally responsible or not. I hope that you will come to see this and can continue discussion in this topic in a civil manner.
First, I fail to see where I was not civil. I may be direct sometimes, but you will hard a hard time to find me getting out of line.
I think, in an ideal world, what you say makes perfect sense, but you seem to be forgetting some elementary business facts:
- ED has still not made any money with the Pandora
- ED will continue not making money with it as long as the profits go to Craig's pre-orders for which he has, legally, no responsibility
- Not making money is not good because of several reasons:
a) the price of the Pandora will remain high forever because of these preorders to support, going against all trends observed for electronics out there.
b ) it potentially delays and reduces the investment that ED can put in a Pandora successor
c) it potentially raises the price of the Pandora successor if this preorder thing drags long enough to carry over that timeline too.
- You seem to think that providing Pandoras to old preorders abandoned by Craig is a good thing because it will bring business back to ED in the end. Well, I could just call you BS on that, because you have zero data to support that, and the fact that the Pandora successor is likely to be as expensive, if not more, than the current 1Ghz Pandora, is highly indicative that the people who paid 200 or 300 dollars in the first place are not going to go to that kind of pricing, especially seeing how some are reluctant to shell any more cash to get an upgraded Pandora. So, yes in theory, but I don't believe much will occur in reality in terms of added sales there. Business-wise this is a dangerous bet to make.
- Besides, most of the original preorders bought one because it was sold as an emulation device more than anything else, while now it's clearly evolving towards being a mini-computer that can do eveything. This is not the same target at all.
- I don't see how ED not supporting Craig's preorders is going to shrink the userbase. These are currently non-users. They will remain non-users if they do not get any Pandora. How is that shrinking anything ? Shrinking != not growing. Get your logic right.
- and I still don't agree with the fact that ED not helping pre-orders is just like leaving them in the dust. Have you forgotten about the numerous donations made by the community ? This has nothing to do with ED and several dozens of pandora have been already shipped in this way. So, you'd better mention these generous donors when answering, especially when you use "the community" every two lines in your post.
- It's not about punishing these pre-orders, it's about letting the pre-orders decide what they want to do. As mentioned before, you could assign Craig to a small claims court in England and that does not require you to hire a lawyer or something. You can rely on donations. You can take the offer from ED and shell some more cash to get a new Pandora at minimum price. However, preorders who are asking to get a pandora for free from ED are punishing everyone else and future buyers of the Pandora, in case you did not notice, for the reasons stated above. Putting Craig's burden on the shoulders of ED is actually resulting in no-growth of the user base because the Pandora selling price will remain high and unfortunately too high for many people considering buying one. So when you talk about punishment, you need to see the future users waiting at the door to buy one as well. They exist, too.
- In the end this is up to ED and all of the above is my opinion only. ED will probably decide to support as many people as he can, until the end, but i believe this attitude, while very charitable, could be toxic in a way for the Pandora and the future one. There's just a time you have to realize things are out of your hand and you cannot hope to make everyone happy because there's a limited amount of money on the table. ED's running a business, not the Red Cross or something. But again, it's his decision, we'll see what he decides to do in the end.