Being self employed, a chronic insomniac, and an unheated shop, in the middle of Feb, I've plenty of time and have never minded writing.The guy spent $100 of his time typing the post.......so now he is out closer to $200 total by my calculation. I may have been more receptive to the story if it was condensed into a tweet. I will say though, it seems to be the most entertaining thing to show up here in a long time.
I also felt it was important to provide everyone with the full context and facts, accompanied with all relevant emails, messages, tracking data, etc so they could not only read and decide for themselves, but also hopefully avoid these headaches/delays/unsavory business practices.
After hearing from so many others who have been subject to similar behavior from Josh/ADD, I'm glad that I did. Many who messaged me said they were shouted down when they posted of their negative experiences and felt the stress/hassle wasn't worth the effort, which is a bummer b/c consumers are then flying blind.
Had I been aware that so many others have had terrible experiences with him, I would've ordered directly from Marks4WD from the start and saved myself a ton of headache. One big consequence of no competition is it allows weak/unethical/poorly run businesses to remain viable, and I think bullying is a pathetic PR approach.
As for losses, ordering direct from Marks4WD, and accounting for the current exchange rant of +/- $.77 AUD > $1 USD, the gears cost me +/- $1,245 USD shipped to my door, which is about $13 more than I would've been out if I'd succumbed to Josh's $92 USD gouge on top of his end of 2020 sale price of $1,140 USD.
Though as of yesterday afternoon he's now raised The ADD price to $1,310 USD, and who knows what surprise fees he may or may not tack on as well before they're released to you, making them +/- $65 USD cheaper directly from Marks4WD, depending upon the exchange rate at the time.
I'm perfectly happy paying a little bit more to be able to cast a vote with my dollars in favor of a well run business that actually manufactures the gears instead of subsidizing the business of someone who doesn't honor their word, although the money was never my point of contention, it's the principal, which is something far too many don't seem capable of grasping.