There's also been a guy listing the 333SP and a couple of others promising "August delivery" which is a violation of Ebay's pre-sale policies. Last time I looked his listings had been pulled and he'd re-listed with "July" as the delivery time frame.
If that is all Ferrari asked them to do, that is all they are going to do.
Okay... If Ferrari made cars like Hotwheels makes models then no one would by Ferraris. Ferrari probably would not ask Hotwheels to do that bad of a job.
Ferrari ok's everything that Mattel makes. The thing that makes the cars OK in Ferraris eyes is the large bags of money that Mattel delivers to Ferrari every year.
You cited AUTOart. What about their Motorsports line, that are cheaper to make because they're less detailed (the friggin' things are sealed bricks!) but AUTOart charges almost the same as a regular model with opening features. Do they care about the buyer?
Seller who registered sometime in 2006 but has zero feedback and has models that aren't yet released? Uh huh... Fools and their money soon being parted seems to describe this pretty well. Same guy has stuff listed up in the $4500 range, Amalgam or similar from what I recall.
If its Amalgam, I guess the price is pretty much justified. The models are 1:8 in scale and entire handmade in extremely limited quantities. The starting price for most of them is in the 3000 USD bracket anyways. Small change for the wealthy Ferrari-Lamborghini owner for whom a change of engine belt on his supercar will alone set him back that much.
I'm well aware of what Amalgam is and who can afford them. I think that you missed my point which was that anyone purchasing such a model from a seller with zero feedback would be taking a chance and, in my opinion, is a fool. Same thing for buying models that aren't out yet and that nobody else is taking pre-orders for.
Of course everyone is intrested in making money. LOL who isn't? But usually if you make a bad product, you're not going to make any money. But this case is a bit different. Because Mattel has all the licenses, and makes most of the model cars. Some people aren't willing to buy them, I think they are forced to because some Ferrari models only Mattel makes them.