|Apology to Y. Samuel Arai|
Message #6 Posted by glynn on 8 June 2002, 2:18 a.m.,
in response to message #5 by Y. Samuel Arai
I relied on my memory only, Samuel, and that sometimes is not terribly reliable toward detail, especially in respect to model numbers. I did not believe I was incorrect-- but perhaps in retrospect I made the error of associating your sales here with 16c's, because I am currently in pursuit of such a model. I did note in that memory of mine that you had a stock of numerous calculators of the same model-- but as you state they were not 16c's, I stand corrected and apologize completely. I would have looked in an archive normally but Classifieds, by their nature, expire. Was it 15c's?
The intent of the unidentified poster was to identify what seemed to him to be a profiteer (i.e., somebody acting on information freely given in a spirit of trust within the Forum, to do more than get a calc). I do not know HOW he came to the conclusion that you were the one with the order for 20; I did not ask, and it did not occur to me that he possibly broke any law to get it. It seemed to me he probably checked his place in the queue with a garrulous sales rep, as I might have done, had I participated in the rush.
If *I* had been in the queue, I might have asked the pointed question: are there any recent LARGE orders for this item? Because I would know that this item languished in complete and untouched anonymity UNTIL the story was broken here; and so it would interest me, too, if the order prior to my name was for 20 or so. Might have been disappointed to hear of one like that, though I myself happened to be relatively sure that several of the calcs were going to be acquired only with an eye toward immediate profitable resale.
MY intent, (in a post that can no longer be reviewed, apparently), was to point out that one who orders 20 calculators, with the intent of reselling them, wasn't doing anything necessarily evil-- that those willing to take the job on of retailing may do so, as they do run risks and assume responsibilities and gamble on a return of their investment made-- all because they assume there will be a demand on the supply that there is.
My intent, further, was to express a FEELING, one that identified with the Unknown Poster's disappointment, while redirecting its target. Of course I see that you agree: it IS a blow to just miss a great deal.
And it's sad that there just aren't enough of these to go around for everybody that wants one OR twenty. Now that Dave has set the record straight and you've corroborated that the order got aborted, no one can, or should, accuse you of even attempting to manipulate the limited supply of what became an out-of-the-blue windfall to this small community.
I'm GREATLY glad to know of your innocence, Y.Samuel; I am glad the unknown poster was wrong about there being somebody who would scarf up all he could-- not because there is anything inherently wrong in that-- but because it would be against a spirit of sharing of both information and resources that characterizes so much of the Forum and its participants. It would not have been wrong to make money, of course; it only would have been sad to see one of our "own" use the "gift" of such information to make it magnitudes harder for those others in our midst.
But GOOD NEWS, all: That DID NOT HAPPEN. All the orders that got filled apparently were for small amounts-- no one here was intent on making their retirements on eBay with this hot tip!! That HAS to make you feel good about MoHPC users, doesn't it?
I apologize to you, Y.Samuel, that what I was willing to believe of you once the unknown poster invoked your name, was so off-base. I hope you won't remain pessimistic about the community here. As you perhaps saw, there were more than a few who came quickly to right the wrongs done you. If anything DOESN'T deserve a jaundice, it is the Forum, its curator, and the community that looked hard at the available facts and reacted responsibly as the truth came to light. I hope you understand that I held no grudge to you, and made no attempt to deride your alleged actions or motivations. My mistaken contributions to that post, though made for benevolent reasons, are my fault alone, and I fully and pubicly retract any error fostered in that mistake.
"glynn" <-- (my "consistent" identity; recently it has been delineated I must use this)