Originally Posted by Nucleartiger
Hey Bruce any reason why you don't take pre-orders before getting the components in?
Yes, there are several reasons:
One is because my order system does not allow me to take orders without taking payment (charging cards). I don't want to hold peoples' money unless I have the parts in-hand and I'd also doubt that most people would want to wait more than a 4 weeks when their card has already been charged. A 4,000 unit pre-order would be about a 4 month wait for the people at the end of the queue. Heck, I'm already getting "when will mine ship" emails from yesterday's orders. If people start cancelling orders because of the delay and I have to start issuing chargebacks, then I can lose my credit card processing all together.
Next, as GumboChief points out, "No one wants to buy 3000 units worth of parts"..."and not be afraid that an inventory glut would wipe out whatever profit he has earned to date." If you think there's huge profits being made at these relatively small volume levels and margins then you'd be mistaken. Bluetooth modules are VERY expensive so inventory management is a delicate balancing game to play (and finance). And as he also mentions "Doing a pre-order and charging a credit card 45 days before a ship is problematic..." as I stated in the previous paragraph.
Hope that helps you understand my situation,