bdblue wrote:Many people on the failed list didn't wait, turns out the website was broken for more than 3 hours and people couldn't place orders. I got on the website right after 9:00 MDT but didn't matter, the website was already broken and didn't work for the 2 hours that I tried.
Sorry you got shut out, but your experience was NOT the norm. Most folks had great difficulty between 9 and 10 MDT but, aside from you, their orders went through just fine after that. Mine, for example, went through at 10:02 MDT
bdblue wrote:Spyderco is only partway through shipping them but I see that there are already 9 of them online for auction, with starting prices up to $399 each!
Somebody asked me if I thought that the scalpers had ways around server issues. I don't know how they do it but I think they must obviously have some way to get the knives when the ordinary enthusiast does not. I was on the website within minutes of the knives being available, I tried for 2 hours to buy one and could not because the website couldn't look up states or zip codes. But yet out of the first few knives shipped by Spyderco, at least 9 were ordered by scalpers despite the problems with the website. So yes there is some evidence that the scalpers can do what the rest of us cannot.
While, to me, 9 knives out of 700+ is trivial. Especially since 2 of those are/were Collectors Club numbered knives being sold by Collectors Club members who, by the club's rules, had to take the knife whether they wanted it or not. That leaves 7 out of over 700. Some of the others may be folks who work for, have relatives who work for, or just live near Spyderco. Others may have paid the high price for overnight shipping just so they could get them quickly for resale. One uses stock photos, so that seller may not even have the knife in hand yet.
We need to realize that there is absolutely no "system" Spyderco could have used which would have insured that only good, honest, dedicated Spyderco fans who intended to keep their knives forever were eligible to purchase these knives and that everyone who was eligible actually got to purchase at least one of them. TBH, the only folks I truly feel got the short smelly end of the stick were those who live in New York.