Point well-taken. We often do NOT pay much (if anything)
up front on seriously high $$$ items. Anthony eats most of
money-cost for (sometimes) months, and then collects on
the remainder only once he ships (in my experience, anyway).
That is tough even for any size business to handle... especially
when one of those 'hard-to-get' JDM containers might hold more
than $30K of inventory.
We have to do our part: we have to shop around, check what
other vendors say re: cost, delivery, etc... and then select a
vendor. It's up to us (the buyer) to self-inform and self-educate
prior to placing our orders. Anthony can't make anyone order
Finally - and as you so correctly point out - we have to include
a buffer or a reserve for things that Anthony can't control, such
as delays associated with clearing JDM containers thru customs,
In the end, nothing is perfect and no one is perfect.