I don’t share your concerns over quality. I suppose it’s possible that the factory will slack off on QC knowing that they won’t be doing business with MTH after these last runs. I’m hoping that QC won’t suffer for the last runs, but as a customer, if I get a defective product, I can just return it. And since I’m getting mine from an LHS, it only costs me a 20-minute drive.Bob, there's no way of knowing what you'll get, or what the quality might be at this point. I take it as a bad sign that Mike announced the closing before any provisions for continuation of any products were in place. His lame pronouncement that the ASC network will take care of warranty work didn't inspire confidence either. The company won't exist, but we're supposed to pickup the warranty work? I don't need anything in that catalog bad enough to shoot the dice.
It's a curiosity for me. I think they would be prudent to order high, but that places them in a position to have to sell the items and carry the cost. Here's the curiosity - orders get placed, there is "last of the manufacturer" ordering, some hoarding - and MTH effectively lives on for another 3-4 years before these last catalog items run out.
No amount of ordering would have changed this, as noted, the building sold and that was the hang up.
Not at all, I like MTH stuff and I have a bunch of it. Just didn't see anything in the catalog that called my name, and it doesn't help that support is pretty questionable for stuff that does get shipped next year.I had my order in before the announcement. I get it - some members are not huge MTH fans.
Good question. I wonder what will happen to some of the retailers that rely heavily on MTH sales. Just Trains of Delaware for example sells mostly MTH stuff and very little Lionel stuff.Do you think with some of the road names and styles offered in the last 2 MTH catalogs that some LHS and other retailers will gamble to place orders for their own inventory so they have MTH content to sell for the future?