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    Not only covid to blame..

    Brandon Fowler - May 23 2019 at 11:46 PM

    We just sent the 841st Solaris Controller out today. It won't be long before only a handful are left. As stressful as this has been it's a great feeling. A lot of people never thought they would ever ship. It won't be much longer before we are all caught up on your pre-order mats and power units, too.
    Now some good news! I've got some more standard daylight mats in the warehouse ready to ship. Regine will start reaching out to people tomorrow about them. If you need yours urgently write me ASAP. The next batch will be in approximately 3 weeks. There will be high-power mats in the next batch also. The next batch of power units will be the 3rd or 4th week of June.
    The frames are behind schedule because one of the suppliers is moving incredibly slow. The hard part is done and all that is left is this one part which was supposed to be simple. I'm talking with other suppliers now but still hoping the original one comes through soon. Either way, we are 90% done.
    Next week I'm meeting with the manufacturer of the lightboxes in person to finalize the design. It's all locked except for the bag, which was a last minute addition that greatly complicated things. I thought it would be cool to have a bag that can hold the entire kit, frame, lights and all, and that ended up increasing the shipping costs by too much, especially for international shipments. They have been working on some revisions for the bag that will bring the shipping costs down. We are also going to be discussing other options to help bring shipping costs down.
    The RGBA strips are booked to start production on Monday and will be ready in 2 weeks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lawrence Steele View Post
    Not only covid to blame..
    Yup. And I keep coming back to this gem from December, 2014:

    "It will take approximately 14 days for our lights and controllers to be made. You will get everything in January. I'm confident there will not be any delays since I've spent the last 3 months working out all the details."

    I think it's pretty obvious that Kora LED is insolvent, that Brandon nor the company has the funds to fulfill all orders on it's books, and that he's using funds from a trickle-in of orders to slowly send out bits and pieces from the group buy.

    From everything we've seen and from Brandon's actions, this is obvious.

    I wish he had the respect enough for the group buy members to state publicly what we all know.
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    Sooo... I made a PayPal order when this group buy started. Since then I have had three kids but never received anything and had given up following this thread. Is there a way to get a refund or am I out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scott Pultz View Post
    Sooo... I made a PayPal order when this group buy started. Since then I have had three kids but never received anything and had given up following this thread. Is there a way to get a refund or am I out?
    A refund... Unlikely to happen.

    You have to join the Facebook group, Brandon doesnt read or write on Reduser any more. Regular LED Strips, some mats and controllers can be shipped, if you need them just contact Brandon or Regine: reg@koraled.com brandon@koraled.com

    Perhaps you can get some parts of your order.
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    Brandon just wrote the following on Facebook:

    Update

    About a dozen orders have gone out since the last update and the feedback on the lights and power has been really good. Two are still pending, which I need to follow up with Regine on. To be clear, these are orders that got stuck in the warehouse after shipping was paid. I'm not saying there are only two orders left from all the pre-orders. Only that the shipping backlog is cleared up now so we can move forward. There was apparently some confusion about this.
    Regine is not back yet because I really can't afford it right now. I do hope to have her back soon. Money is brutally tight right now with the COVID situation. I'm full-time doing whatever side-gigs I can do to weather the storm and keep this going.
    I'll be honest, the smart business move would have been to bankrupt the whole thing and move on. We were close to wrapping this up but the COVID situation threw us off a cliff. Remember, with the warehouse being in China, we got hit with both ends of this mess. That said, I'm not one to really give up on anything ever, hell, I've been shooting a film for 8.5 years now. So, we will see this through to the finish line and everything will be delivered. I REALLY want to be done with this.

    As for the plan, I need to get a little more cash together to finish off the remaining pre-orders. To speed the process up, I'm about to do a bit of a sales push to clear out excess inventory. Everything has got to go, including the new Solaris DMX MAX controllers, which just went up on the site (Thank Quibi for those). The proceeds all go to finishing off your pre-orders.

    It's not really that much stuff that needs to be sold to do this, we are talking like less than 5% of what's been shipped already.

    I should have done this a long time ago, but with a couple of unnamed individuals seemingly hell-bent on destroying my life over all this, I've been reluctant to even try. So, to anyone that wants to jump in and shitpost in the comments, either here, there, or where this all started, know that by doing so you are screwing every single person waiting to get their pre-orders. Let us finish this.
    As for the timeframe, once I have the money in hand your pre-orders will be in the warehouse ready to ship in 2-3 weeks. The frames may take a little longer but not much. High Power Mats are next, then 24V Power Units, both of which are partially done. Then we work down the list from there.
    The sales push will be starting in 24 hours.
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