And Pete, I can't really side with you on anything other than your attempt to screw big bad. That was well done. But you were one of the few people here able to order a set and you're mainly just upset that you didn't get two. Per your own admission, you would have ordered two using another address if you had known Hasbro was going to check, which is just as dishonest as any other method of conning the ordering system. In all honesty, I have two accounts and was trying to order multiples for friends at cost. But if I had two orders go thru and one was cancelled, I would not be complaining given how many others got nothing.
OK - fine - never really asked you to "side with [me] on anything" so, I'm not really sure what coming down on me gets you.
I didn't have a magical web browser that breezed right through the ordering process. The same headache that everyone went through because HTS couldn't handle the load, is the same headache I went through.
Since my intention was never to resell the second set, I'm not sure why you're even bringing up the "friends at cost" thing.
When my wife and I placed our orders it was in between 11:15am, when the set was posted, and noon. At that time, the only thing we knew was that the site was jammed with traffic. We had no idea that the set was going to be as "limited" as it was. (The skeptic in me just thought that the warning of limited quantities was just a marketing ploy to bolster the desirability of the set and getting one or two was going to be like getting the Maul/Owen Comic pack from last year - in other words, no big deal. I don't care what anyone says, it's entirely possible that the same quantity they had on the floor at SDCC was the same quantity they had available from HTS.)
Having not looked at this set with my own eyes yet, I can't say whether or not at this point, knowing now what went down and how many people got denied, whether or not I would have followed through with my original plan had I gotten two. I probably would have offered it to someone here for cost just because so many people got denied.
I am not some jerk collector out to screw everyone else - I fully believe in the whole "toy karma" thing so if you wanna just label me as someone who was "conning" the system go right ahead. I don't know how many times I have to type it, but my gripe isn't that I didn't get the second set, it's that:
(a) I took the time to call HTS, get the info in advance - the customer service rep willingly told me the item number for the revenge set, so all I had to do was keep searching on that item number until it came up
(b) during the call, I admitted to the customer service rep that I would like to order two and was told about the limit of 1-per-person.
(c) specifically asked that if my wife placed a separate order with a separate email address and credit card would that be okay, and was told YES.
I don't understand how that is a "con" by any stretch of the imagination. I made a customer service rep at HTS fully aware of my "grand, conniving plan".
There is NOTHING in any of those steps that any other person couldn't have done and I'm sure someone else out there did the same thing.