Someone that bought through me actually asked about the One Apus a while back and when I checked with the supplier of his cells they said they had no way to know if I had any goods on the Apus One......Then many days later they sent me the message I posted.As one of the folks that had an order on the boat not going through Michael (placed before I even realized the group buy was a thing), I only found out as well when I asked myself and that's when they checked with their forwarder and gave me the bad news. Michael's transparency in this process actually helps everyone here and I appreciate him for all he is doing. If and when I decide I need more cells I'm certain I'll be going through him next time.
I am not real thrilled with some of the answers I get from my suppliers. I can not imagine that they can not contact the forwarder they use and find out from him what ship the cells were put on.
Knowing sooner would not change the fact that there is a problem for some of my guys, but it would have given us a head start on figuring out a way to meet the needs of the ones involved that really can not wait for the additional time period. Lord knows the wait is plenty long enough without tacking on this extra number of weeks.
I am really pressing the suppliers I use on the issue and also looking at lining up ONE supplier for all orders I place to go through instead of the current situation in which each supplier uses the forwarder(s) that they choose. Perhaps having my own forwarder would get me better communications regarding what ship(s) the orders go out on and possible a better shipping cost as well.
Finding a shipping forwarder that I can trust and will give me the service I want is a hard, or harder, than it was finding suppliers I felt I could trust.