I did not know the level of risk when I ordered as I asked about the funding. I was told the financing was in place and the expected release date was at the end of October/November. I ordered on Oct 6th. Well, maybe I had some idea that everything was not smooth throughout the process.
I agree liquidating OPL would leave many with more than paper losses.
As for CC? I hear them accused, but without knowing the issues, contracts, and other circumstances around the events, it is difficult to know. Dealing with a CM and having a design optimized for production can be quite involved. I'm not defending CC, I just don't have any information to form an opinion.
But if one wanted to stir the pot (just for fun), instead of liquidating OPL, all the people who are due pre-orders, refunds or other order could just forgive OPL the obligation and would really support the project.
Each person needs to decide what they want to do. Whipping Craig is not really productive. refund, wait, upgrade .. choose!
To be fair, nobody knew that CC was going to prove to be so incompetent. Some of it was the result of their working beyond their normal technical specs and then there were the things like leaving all those boards to corrode while they weren't working on them. That's not something that a company in that line of work should ever do. You can't just leave electronics sit there and get oxidized without that costing large sums of money to fix.
As far as contracts go, I obviously don't have any information about that, but I'm pretty sure the only reason that there hasn't already been a suit filed is that there isn't money for both that and filling the orders. Production like this doesn't happen based on wishful thinking. Somebody offers money and somebody agrees to fill the order.